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To be published 18. January 2018: CLICK Festival 2018 launches first acts: Moor Mother (US), Amnesia Scanner (FI/DE) and FAKA (ZA)

Pressemeddelelse   •   Jan 17, 2018 14:17 CET

Moor Mother (US)

CLICK Festival looks forward to invite our guests on a variety of extraordinary experiences within the field of arts, technology and science in shipyard halls and at the Culture Yard in Elsinore, Denmark, 19-20 May 2018. The coming festival includes several of our own productions, as well as specially curated constellations with artists from both home and abroad. CLICK Festival will continuously release program for the upcoming festival, which also includes talks, performances, installations and workshops. Initially, the festival is proud to announce the following three artists on the music and performance program in 2018:

Moor Mother (US)

Moor Mother is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. Her music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. Using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers, Ayewa constructs fractured, cacophonous waves for her words of punishing pertinence to ride. As a musician performing under the name she has toured in Europe and the U.S. at numerous festivals, colleges and universities sharing the stage with King Britt, Islam Chipsy, Claudia Rankine and Bell Hooks. As a soundscape artist, she has had work featured at Samek Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, and Everson Museum of Art. Her latest album, Fetish Bones, was released through Don Giovanni Records in September 2016. The album features 13 songs conceived and recorded in Camae’s home studio and it is an album intended as a form of protest and as form of time travel — a collection of sounds that are events themselves, telling stories rich in history about the journey that brings us to today and the future we are creating. Fetish Bones is not an album meant to help you forget. It is made so that you will remember the injustices that we bear witness to and participate in.

Amnesia Scanner (FI/DE)

“We’re gonna take everything before we secess. We need more weapons. Hi-speed wifi provided by drones is a given. Arab money in ciphered currencies. Treasure island.” That guns-blazing stream of consciousness – an extract from Amnesia Scanner’s “audioplay” Angels Rig Hook – sums up the glorious, impenetrable and intellectually-loaded style that makes the Berlin-based electronic duo so spectacular. Consisting of two Finns – Martti Kalliala and Ville Haimala – and loosely affiliated with Berlin’s Janus collective, Amnesia Scanner create supernatural electronic landscapes: demonic shouts, blaring sirens, unmoored cyborg sounds. Often culled from real life, they are at once totally familiar and unsettlingly strange. The experimental duo first landed as Amnesia Scanner in 2014 with tracks uploaded to SoundCloud, followed with the six-track AS released through Young Turks in March 2016. Since then, the spotlight-shy “xperienz designers” have worked behind the scenes producing a track for Mykki Blanco and collaborating with Holly Herndon on “Platform”. What they lack for in presence they make up for with hyper-glossy YouTube videos and stunning, cinematographically soundscaped live shows. Mystery has only served to accelerate the duo’s celebrity and we are very excited about presenting the artistic vision of Amnesia Scanner at Click Festival 2018.

FAKA (ZA)

FAKA, a cultural movement established by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, has come to represent more than the “performance art duo” descriptor that has defined the collective since their inception in 2015.

The artists explore a combination of mediums ranging from sound, live performance, literature, video and photography, to create an eclectic aesthetic with which they express their ideas about themes central to their experience as black queer bodies navigating the cis-hetero-topia of post-colonial Africa.

The collective debuted at the BubblegumClubbb Nights held at the Hazard Gallery in 2015, where they presented “#Wait Lorraine: A Wemmer Pan-African Introduction to Siyakaka Feminism”. In the same year, they released their popular ode to Brenda Fassie, a video piece titled “From A Distance”. The following year (2016) was defined by the duo’s release of the Bottoms Revenge EP, a collection of Ancestral Gqom-Gospel sounds, as well as a much-talked-about live installation of “The Factory” at Stevenson Gallery’s SEX show.

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CLICK Festival 2018 takes place from 19 – 20 May 2018 in Elsinore, Denmark.

Earlybird tickets untill 31 January at clickfestival.dk

CLICK Festival embraces the future by exploring the field between art, science and technology. Through concerts, exhibitions, talks, workshops and performances we conquer back technology to the arts and invite our audience to draw the new maps. By doing so CLICK introduces the whys, the whats and the wows of tomorrow. Now. CLICK is developed and produced at Kulturværftet in Helsingør, where the festival is being held.

The content is curated by a large co-operation of Danish and foreign competences of artists, scientists, students and professionals working with larger and smaller unions, educations and companies. These group members are elected and curated by the administrators of the festival program and hold a close dialogue to their respective networks.