Cherry Kino

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Sonic Portrait of the Funkhaus, Nalepastraße

Hi all!

Here's my latest project! It's a collaboration between me and my good friend and musician Kathy Alberici. We were commissioned by CTM Festival in Berlin, and this is what we came up with. We've been working on it for months, and the first live performance was on Saturday 1st Feb in Berlin!

Here's some info about it:

Analogue filmmaker Martha Jurksaitis and multi-instrumentalist Kathy Alberici present a "Sonic Portrait of the Funkhaus Nalepastraße", using a mixed-media approach to capture elements of history and ecology of the home of the former DDR National Broadcasting Corporation examining the acoustic, visual and atmospheric environments of the building. The project is one of two created as part of the Berlin Current Call for Works.      

Kathy and I collaborate under the name 'Polymitas'. We'd really love to tour the piece too, so if you'd like to invite us sometime that would be great. :) I processed all of it by hand, and Kathy worked with a lot of magnetic tape, including some we salvaged from the Funkhaus itself.

Featuring guitar by Calvin Xang and bass by Shigeru Ishihara.

Jan St Werner (Mouse on Mars) chose us as one of his top picks of CTM this year, which was a great honour, and we were featured by Wire Magazine, who also premiered our first collaboration online - a Super 8 film with soundtrack called 'The Garden of Polymitas'.

You can also find it on the Cherry Kino vimeo.

Here are some shots from the film (taken during rehearsals from projections against the wall!)

And here are a few photos from the live show:

x Martha / CK
(one half of 'Polymitas'! )