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Vernissage w/ Sven Marquardt, Boris, Tama Sumo and Marcel Fengler
Ensuing a fantastic period of light and colour signed Paolo & Lisa the time has come to enter into the dark. Here at Gallery 2.35:1 we’ve had the great honour to work closely with the fantastic club Berghain and its artist who have brightened our minds and souls at least one night every month. Now it is time to invite their most notorious personality and artist Sven Marquardt.
Sven is not only a bouncer at Berghain, he’s also an amazing photographer who has photographed people, artists, friends and club guests in Berlin and its decadent surroundings since the eighties. He’s done a few international exhibitions and now the turn has come to Stockholm.
On this special occasion we’ve also invited some of our favourites from the Berlin family: Boris, Tama Sumo and Marcel Fengler. They’ve all been here before so you know what’s on offer.
We are incredibly happy to invite you all to an unusual exhibition that will last for three months starting the 11th of January 2013. The start of a new phase is a fact at Gallery 2.35:1.
DJ Boris is kind of a charismatic, multifunctional weapon in the Berlin club life. His musical roots reach back to the mid 80s, when he lived in New York for four years where he absorbed the unique spirit of the seminal club Paradise Garage weekend after weekend. From the Club’s mentor Larry Levan Boris learned to believe in his musical intuition as well as a broad musical spectrum, which nowadays ranges from Disco, Hi-NRG, Post-Punk and (Kraut-) Rock to House and Techno, all of which Boris loves to throw into one set. „Music was most important for Levan. He was uncompromising and he knew how to convey it. That’s what I’m trying to achieve, too, when I’m djing.“
Many years later, Boris became a resident at Panorama Bar’s first incarnation in Berlin, where he was able to build a loyal following by playing long sets lasting until noon. „The crowd is always a lot more receptive for music at the end than at the beginning. That’s when I rather have the opportunity to present unusual stuff and that’s when I’m able to let my feelings run freely.“
After the old OstGut/Panorama Bar closed, Boris played in almost every club in Berlin, but when the follow up club Berghain opened its doors in 2004, he quickly focused on playing out here again. From 2005 till 2010 he had another musical platform, as he was taking care of the label Careless Records as an A&R. As a DJ, he is not exactly keen on refining a certain genre, but rather to push music with a certain twist.
“Music is pure communication – stay in contact and follow your heart!
Berghain DJ Tama Sumo has developed a varied style ranging from House in all its colours, combined with reduced Techno, old Electro, Disco and Pop. Altogether her sets feature a lot of bass, sometimes melody, always deep, sexy, dirty, jacking, rough and funky.
Heart, emotion and passion instead of pure functionality “– these are Tama Sumo’s dj characteristics in a nutshell. “To be a DJ for me means to be in touch with the audience without speaking and to interact with the crowd and give them what they need while staying true to myself at the same time. It’s also fundamental to my work that I succeed at letting the music, the crowd and myself run freely. I have to turn off my head and go with the flow.
I love to create and play with different moods and atmospheres. And I’m still fascinated by the fact that music can release a huge amount of energy and fun immediately. Music and bass in particular make people happy!“
Techno according to Marcel Fengler has nothing to do with being a go‐getter or having an alternative career, it is way more than means to an end: it is his definitive and concentrated passion.
In Marcel Fengler’s world, opposites attract. Ambient and electronica are equal parts in his sets that owe as much to the UK’s progressive school of relentless techno as they do to that special “Berghain sound”. A dictum created by music journalists and a description that is a diverging as Berghain’s resident DJs. Being one of them since day one, Fengler made his very own and self‐confident contribution to that sound. He really knows his craft. Fengler’s DJ sets are characteristically offensive and dynamic, hard and consistent, but also surprising and emotional.
In a realm that is dominated by technology and machines, his bright personality and the human aspect stay visible. You can feel his personal touch. A similar versatility can also be found in his studio work. Marcel’s fondness for synth pads goes along with gloomy electro, hard and steady‐paced techno doesn’t compete with his sense for moods and deepness. His search for different parts that work as a whole is as visible here as it is in his DJ style. Marcel Fengler looks for quality over quantity. Nothing leaves his studio that hasn’t passed this test. Neither artificial shortage of releases nor coyness, this behaviour is essentially Marcel Fengler: passion before purpose.