For the first edition of their Trilogy at TROPEZ, Unguarded invites the visitors to a sonic performance by the Icelandic Choir Berlin.
The choir's repertoire is filled with powerful melodies that evoke the hardship and living conditions of Icelandic life of the past. Icelandic folk songs are known for their unique dark themes, often delving into the country's belief systems surrounding Icelandic entities and communities. The collective practice of singing in a choir as well as summoning old spirits conserved in these songs, put a focus on human communal interactions within themselves as well as with their environments. The importance of collective care and respect not just comes to mind when thinking about care of the environment but is crucial to an understanding of human beings as an inseparable species within it.
Woven into haunting melodies and lyrics, Baptist Goth will take you to church. The Irish artist’s work takes the form of durational, endurance-based performance, drawing on the embodied languages of ritual, protest and worship. Their practice also focuses on audio-based work which operates on the cusp of sound art and contemporary music, with a prevalent influence of religious arrangements. The beauty and the power of storytelling and symbolism of traditional religious melodies and histories is used to create deep emotional connections and foster a sense of community and meaningful collective participation. Join Baptist Goth’s baptism at the pool.
About the artists
Founded in 2018, the Icelandic Choir Berlin continues the tradition of Icelandic choral singing. The focus is on 20th-century Icelandic choral music, which includes texts from the 13th century. Under the direction of composer Haraldur Thrastarson, the choir also sings songs composed by the choir members themselves.
Dylan Kerr lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Their practice focuses on audio-based work which operates on the cusp of sound art and contemporary music, with a prevalent influence of religious arrangements. Most of their work has been made public through site specific performances and installations in adapted-use buildings. They also perform under the monikers Baptist Goth and Baptist Bot.
Unguarded, founded in 2020 by Philipp Hülsenbeck, Tim Roth, and later joined by Dounia Biedermann, gathers a collection of genre-defying works by longtime collaborators as well as artists they bonded with in recent years. Their releases constantly escape from definition but through entangling their unique artistic marks, this diversity remains absorbing and compelling throughout their sprawling sonic miasmas. Combining earth-shattering club cuts, equally elegant and bouncy, Unguarded contributes to and connects the experimental music scene in and outside of Berlin. We invite the curious to a deep, tense but rewarding experience.