The term "mirroring" holds different meanings depending on the context. In social psychology, mirroring refers to the subconscious imitation of the gestures, speech patterns, or attitudes of another person. It is often seen as a non-verbal way of building rapport and establishing a connection. In computing, mirroring typically refers to the process of creating an exact replica of data, files, or systems. This is often used in backup systems. In a more abstract sense, mirroring can be used to describe the process of reflecting upon oneself, one's actions, or one's experiences for self-awareness and personal development. Mirrored architecture often plays with reflections to enhance aesthetics and create unique visual effects. In sound and acoustics, mirroring can refer to the phenomenon where sound waves are reflected off a surface, creating a mirrored or duplicated effect.
This evening presents video works and sound art performances that revolve around the concept of reflecting and mirroring: MIRRORS by Mario Asef (on display in a loop), touching fine lines by Kirstin Burckhardt (video screening), a voice performance by Psychedelic Choir, a live electronics performance by Stefan Roigk, and Conversation #1 by Burckhardt-Asef (video screening).
- Mario Asef
Mario Asef is an architect and conceptual artist based in Berlin. His projects address both ecological and socio-political issues and confront questions related to their spatial and linguistic representability. His works are divided into three methodological categories: the field of language as a structurer of physical space, the field of history and writing about history as a construction of mediated reality from a post-colonial point of view, and the scientific field of transdisciplinary enquiry and exchange. He is co-editor of "Akusmatik als Labor: Kultur-Kunst-Medien." He cooperates with Amarodrom e.V. an intercultural youth self-organization of Rom*nja and non-Rom*nja and is chairman of Errant Sound e.V. a project space for sound art in Berlin and is co-director of Dystopie Sound Art Festival.
- Kirstin Burckhardt
Kirstin Burckhardt (b. in South Africa) is a visual artist and clinical psychologist combining video and performance with sound and spoken word. Critically drawing upon her training in psychology and neuroscience, her practice addresses power dynamics intertwined with the body. Continuously questioning what defines a body, her artistic research focuses on interpersonal space as a locus of sensitivity, conflict, empathy, transgenerational trauma, and the complexities of healing.
- Psychedelic Choir
The Psychedelic Choir, led by Zorka Wollny, is a unique experimental and a Capella ensemble combining feminist vocal improvisation. Based in Berlin, they have been active since 2019, performing in various festivals, contexts, and spaces both in Berlin and across Europe.
Vocals: Gosia Gajdemska, Ana Kavalis, Pauline Payen, Lyllie Rouvière, Zorka Wollny, Irina Gheorghe, Karoline Strys.
- Stefan Roigk
In his work, Stefan Roigk (* 1974) pursues the intermedial interweaving of sound collage, installation, musical graphics and text-sound composition. The resulting works approach sound as a field for artistic and aesthetic research, taking it as both their departure point and central medium.
In his work, Roigk reflects on his own living and production conditions, while investigating the political potential of aurality and tracing the subjective construction of reality.
Conversation #1 is the first of an ongoing series of video works compiling conversations between the artist couple Burckhardt-Asef. They have been documenting intimate talks and images that expose the unfiltered psyches of lovers. Conversation #1 dives into the subconscious of a dream as a departure point for body-rupture and the laborious task of recomposing the semantics of symbols.