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Backrooms X Czarnagora: Fatal Error – Concert with Primitive Art, Elvin Brandhi, Ruhail Qaisar - Akademie - Kunsthalle Zürich

Backrooms X Czarnagora: Fatal Error – Concert with Primitive Art, Elvin Brandhi, Ruhail Qaisar

Fatal Error
Primitive Art, Elvin Brandhi, Ruhail Qaisar
December 9, 2023, 8pm

For a generation that has stopped dreaming of the future, all that remains to look ahead is an echo of past hopes and dystopian shadows. Memories and visions blend into a reality that inevitably has to deal with temporality. This Saturday, we look forward to a concert by musicians whose sound is rooted in this conflict, without idealising the past or longing for the future.

Primitive Art, the experimental music project by Matteo Pit and Jim C. Nedd, navigates through these blurred memories with digital soundscapes and percussion. Their misty dub is an elegiac reflection on the corrupt metropolises of the future.

Elvin Brandhi brings her unique blend of improvised vocals and glitchy electronics. Her performance is an eruptive expression of a reality in which the lines between past, present and future are blurred. Brandhi's sound is not a pessimistic mourning, but a powerful, unembellished snapshot of the now.

Ruhail Qaisar returns to explore the boundaries of memory and unconscious collective trauma with his compositions. His music is an attempt to negotiate the distorted fragments of the past in the present, far from nostalgia, but also from future utopia.

The event is a collaboration between Backrooms and the internationally operating label Czarnagora, which makes an important contribution to Zurich's small underground music scene.

Venue: Kunsthalle Zürich, basement
Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich

Flyer: Rafał Skoczek, 2023


A whisper behind a hand, a hatched plan, an embarrassing slip of the tongue, unexpected inspiration: these happen in the gaps, corridors and brief interactions on the way to other activities. In these liminal spaces — places as well as states — emerge zones of reverie with a psychological and social threshold character. They are marginal areas of ambiguous limbo where back doors are left open and free spaces unconstrained, thus generating potential for experimentation as well as for failure. 

Under the title Backrooms, a programme of events, readings, performances, screenings, concerts and other artistic formats will take place, organised by Otto Bonnen. The Löwenbräukunst offers various architectural and social spaces that Backrooms will engage with. Hidden, unoccupied spaces and informal break out rooms provide physical and structural spaces as well as collaborations that go beyond our walls with collectives or extra-institutional locations.

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