NICA artist development

a three years support program for artists
inspired by music patron pannonica de koenigswarter
Unterstützung, Mut, Unabhängigkeit”

Music For People Who Shave Their Heads

article about the work process of the same-titled album

Institut für Betrachtung

sommer, eine künstlerische beschäftigung | radiobeitrag

4artwork | markus guentner

Institut für Betrachtung

kummer und künstlerische arbeit | radiobeitrag

artwork | markus guentner


Music For People Who Shave Their Heads


People who shave their heads have good reason. 
To shave the head often stands for a conflict, circumanstances not necessarily choosen freely, for inner and outer friction or an overdue decision. A buzz cut is not an ordinary hairstyle but marks a visual gap between majority and the others.
What would be your reason to shave the head?

ten remixes by sonae for
agf | blint | derek piotr | katsunori sawa | kelli ali | mimicof |
natalie tba beridze | nokuit | phasenmensch | zoe mc pherson
formats: digital album + mixtape released with bit-phalanx


artwork | markus guentner

live performance preview | sound-visual-edit by sonae
including the video works
»Shave« by bum lee
»Head Shave« by willowdarling
»STRP« by chris shadbolt

If there was reason for me to shave my head, it would be pain: expression of my inner friction, chafing at unacceptable political circumstances, and I suffer with every victim these claim. As much chafing at smaller circumstances which directly surround me and leave me desperate about common issues, opinions and moral values.

artist photography | katja ruge


The work on Music For People Who Shave Their Heads opened discussion and thinking toward the album title in a wider context: Considering head shaving as a cultural praxis, the reception of symbols and what it reveals about our cultural socialisation – How Do You Look At People? How Do You Read People? – , and in how far artist work has to cover aspects of research, discourse and mediation.

article | meakusma magazine
artistic report about the album’s work process

Women in Computer Music

article about favorite female artists and where to find them

Stichwort: Gewalt

hans arp museum rolandseck

Score for Everything Belongs To The Future

schauspielhaus dortmund
laurie penny | director: laura junghanns | photo: birgit hupfeld


I Started Wearing Black Tour

#CologneMusicExport of kulturamt der stadt köln

25.11.2018 klang und raum festival cologne
22.-24.11.2018 klangstärke festival hildesheim
09.11.2018 2o years female:pressure @ mensch meier berlin
06.10.2018 23rpm festival london
06.-09.09.2018 chouftouhonna festival tunis
01.+02.09.2018 um festival uckermark
16.08.2018 tweak #2 london
16.06.2018 atelier automatique bochum
09.06.2018 transdisciplina a/v málaga
07.06.2018 a-musik spätkauf cologne
26.05.2018 urban frictions festival @ pact essen
02.05.2018 kolonia artystów gdansk
27.04.2018 spektrum berlin
31.03.2018 köln ist kaput @ gold+beton cologne



I Started Wearing Black

monika enterprise

„Musical inspiration was the status quo of electronic music, mostly driven by the question ‚How should electronic music sound today?‘. It`s a wide field, dealing with taste and affinities of certain years and how they alternate, depending on what`s been before. As much it is a question of perspective and approach, of musical background. What was importante for me at the end: to deliver an album that is modern and a relevant contribution to electronic music here and now, still articulated in my very own musical language, and true artistic intention of the sounds: I would never allow an impressive sound only for the sensation, it needs urgent argument to be told.

artwork | the designers republic


But most inspiration and reason for the album happened outside music. System Immanent Value Defect reflects my impression that no political system on this planet is truely putting people and humanity first. Not one, not even the democracies really do so. What counts is dominance and power, influence and money. Would you ever teach your children those values first? Of course not. But these rule the world. And this is deeply, deeply wrong. Majority Vote is questioning if it is a good idea to consider something to be right, good or relevant only because many people think so – and I doubt it. And We Are Here is dedicated to surpressed and minorities of any kind, (means mostly everybody who is not male and white with a regular income).“
from an interview with Vice

music video | nazgol emami

artist photography | katja ruge