next time, die consciously (بیگانگی)|
Kraftwerk Berlin for Berlin Atonal

next time, die consciously (بیگانگی) by LABOUR | photo credits: Hiroo Tanaka, Helge Mundt

LABOUR’s debut work for Berlin Atonal 2018 operates simultaneously on multiple temporalities — from microsounds and stochastic synthesis to rhythmic cycles to acknowledging that which propels beyond — and takes a critical stance towards notions of regulated time by embracing rhythmic instability and sound as sculptural material.  

Born from several years of research and contemplation on the construction-of-self, this work considers the extent to which external forces create us — heteronomy is the condition of all things — the extent to which we are constructable and therefore deconstructable beings, thus providing the potential for great transformation.

Video by Fact Magazine

concept, direction & composition: LABOUR (Farahnaz Hatam & Colin Hacklander)  
2nd drumset: Masaya Hijikata  
bass clarinet & percussion: Yoni Silver
video art direction: Evelyn Bencicova
additional video team: Jakub Kubica and Jakub Gavelier 
light: MFO (Marcel Weber)
stochastic drum ensemble:  30 performers, (names omitted)

special thanks to:  Callie’s, Gewärtler Stiftung;Berlin Atonal;NU Unruh for the loan of metal percussion pieces

Performed at Kraftwerk Berlin in August, 2018.