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KUBORAUM ARE MASKS DESIGNED ON THE FACE OF THOSE WHO WEAR THEM, MASKS THAT HIGHLIGHT PERSONALITY AND EMPHASIZE CHARACTER. THE MASK IS SYNONYMOUS WITH MOCKERY, WITH GAME. THE KUBORAUM MASKS ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH ACCENTUATION, PROTECTION AND SHELTER. KUBORAUM ARE LIKE CUBIC ROOMS WHERE WE SHELTER OURSELVES, WHERE WE ARE FREE TO LIVE IN OUR INTIMACY, WHERE WE LIVE ALL OUR IDENTITIES AND LOOK AT THE WORLD THROUGH TWO LENSES.

KUBORAUM EYEWEAR IS NOT AN INANIMATE AND INORGANIC OBJECT, BUT OBTAINS THE POWER OF A MASK. IT CHANGES THE PERCEPTION OF SELF. THOSE WHO WEAR THE KUBORAUM MASK, COME TO LIFE AND ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO FREE THEIR IDENTITIES. THESE MASKS REPRESENT CUBIC ROOMS, A NEW DIMENSION WHERE WE CAN FEEL AT EASE, COMFORTABLE WITH OURSELVES AND THE WORLD AROUND US. KUBORAUM IS NO LOGO. IT IS A MASK WITH ITS OWN LOOK AND POWER, BUT AS SOON AS YOU WEAR IT, THE MASK DOESN’T HIGHLIGHT ITSELF, BUT IT HIGHLIGHTS THE PERSONALITY AND FEATURES OF THE PERSON WEARING IT, KUBORAUM’S IDENTITY IS ABOUT THIS RELATIONSHIP.

ALL OUR MASKS ARE ENTIRELY DREAMED IN BERLIN HANDMADE IN ITALY.

NYEGE NYEGE AT KUBORAUM OPEN STUDIO

Thursday, FEBRUARY 30TH, 2020

We were thrilled to guest the East African arts collective NYEGE NYEGE on decks at our KUBORAUM OPEN STUDIO Thursday January 30th 4-9PM, on the occasion of a future collaboration ready for hard booty trance under the Ungandan sun.


NYEGE NYEGE based in Kampala, Uganda, was established to support the East African music community offering residencies and studios to emerging musicians that have what it takes to bring their careers to the global stage, alongside their record labels Nyege Nyege Tapes and Hakuna Kulala and an artist management agency. The Nyege Nyege festival was subsequently born as a platform to showcase the artists’ new productions, developing both the local arts and culture industry, connecting underground musicians from around the continent with one another and is creating meaningful employment to many young people involved in the creative sector.


Mc Yallah, Debmaster, Catu Diosis, Don Zilla, DJ Diaki, Afrorack, Duma [Kanja&Sam] were all in Berlin on invitation from CTM Festival.
MC Yallah, one of the pioneers of female hiphop in Uganda, who recently released an album on Nyege Nyege Tapes and has received international accolades for the best albums of the year section.
The tour will also mark the European premier of Brian Bamanya also known as Afrorack, who is the first African to build his own synthesiser.
Amongst the upcoming Kampala DJs who are also gaining international interest are Catu Diosis who everyone remembers from a blasting main stage show at Nyege Nyege with her dancers.
Samuel Kisakye also known as Don Zilla has been with Nyege Nyege for over five years, he just released his second EP that has been widely received internationally.
Duma, a grindcore project from Kenya, set to release an album in 2020.
DJ Diaki aka Diaki Kone, Balani show DJ, and radio animator in Sanakoroba, Mali. One of the originators of Balani Show sound system sound, DJ Diaki plays in the style of Balani mix with high energy balafon samples, crashing drums, and live remixes that he calls Balani Fou, considered the Singeli of the West.


Hibotep is a self-described cultural nomad, her one rule is that rules are there for breaking; a philosophy that extends to her DJ sets where, trap, hip-hop, house and genres such as Kenya’s Taraab or Morocco’s Gnawa, collide to create a vibrant contemporary collage.


NYEGE NYEGE AT KUBORAUM OPEN STUDIO

Emiliano Maggi – SPETTRO SOUND SYSTEM

THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2018

KUBORAUM & OPERATIVA ARTE CONTEMPORANEA WERE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION SPETTRO SOUND SYSTEM BY THE ARTIST EMILIANO MAGGI ON THURSDAY APRIL 26TH, DURING BERLIN GALLERY WEEKEND 2018.


SPETTRO SOUND SYSTEM IS THE SOUND INSTALLATION SPECIFICALLY CONCEIVED BY EMILIANO MAGGI FOR THE VISIONARY SPACES OF THE KUBORAUM FLAGSHIP STORE IN BERLIN.
THIS PROJECT IS THE RESULT OF THE THE ARTIST’S RESEARCH ON THE INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN SOUND, FORM, FUNCTION AND THE TRANSFIGURATION OF INSTRUMENTS AND MUSICAL EFFECTS THROUGH THE USE OF ALIENATING CERAMIC SCULPTURES THAT REINVENT APPEARANCE AND PERCEPTION.
FIVE GLAZED CERAMIC SCULPTURES ENCOMPASSING WITHIN THEIR SHELL FIVE FUNCTIONING MICROPHONES WILL STOOD OUT IN THE SPACE. THE MICROPHONE/SCULPTURES ARE THOSE THAT ACCOMPANIED THE ARTIST DURING THE LAST FEW YEARS OF PERFORMANCES AND LIVE SHOWS, THE SAME SHELLS THAT HAVE HARNESSED AND MAGNIFIED HIS VOICE AND THAT NOW PRESENT THEMSELVES AS A HOMOGENEOUS SCULPTURAL CHOIR.

MICROPHONES AND SPEAKERS, CONNECTED TO AN EIGHT CHANNEL MIXER, RESONATED THE VOICE OF THE ARTIST WHO PERFORMED A SERIES OF VOCAL EXERCISES GRADUALLY MODIFIED THROUGH DISTORTIONARY AND HYPNOTIC EFFECTS.
IN ADDITION, THE SOUND OF THE AMBIENT BACKGROUND NOISE CAPTURED BY THE MICROPHONES WAS ALSO HEARD, BLENDING INTO A UNIQUE
DREAMLIKE AND ALIENATING POLYPHONY.
ON DISPLAY NEXT TO THIS ONEIRIC SOUND INSTALLATION THERE WERE PRESENTED FOUR CERAMIC SCULPTURES ESPECIALLY CONCEIVED BY THE ARTIST AS A SCULPTURAL DIALOGUE WITH FOUR KUBORAUM MASKS, AS THE RESULT OF AN ABSURD INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN THE ARTIST’S ORGANIC SHAPES AND THE KUBORAUM ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRIES.


Emiliano Maggi – SPETTRO SOUND SYSTEM

SHAPEDNOISE ‘AESTHESIS’ ALBUM LAUNCH

KUBORAUM OPEN STUDIO

KUBORAUM CONTINUES ITS OPEN STUDIO EVENT SERIES, THIS TIME PRESENTING THE NEW ALBUM OF SICILIAN SOUND DESIGNER AND PRODUCER NINO PEDONE AKA SHAPEDNOISE.
TO CELEBRATE HIS FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM ‘AESTHESIS’ BEING RELEASED ON NUMBERS, SHAPEDNOISE BROUGHT TOGETHER HIS FRIENDS FOR A SPECIAL DJ PERFORMANCE IN THE INTIMATE AND DISTINCTIVE ATMOSPHERE OF THE KUBORAUM STUDIO. DURING SEVERAL YEARS THIS SPACE BECAME AN IMPORTANT DESTINATION FOR SHARING CULTURE IN BERLIN.


THE ILLUSTRIOUS GUESTS INVITED TO SHARE AN EPIC CONSOLE ARE BILL KOULIGAS, OWNER OF THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY LABEL PAN, FELLOW HARDCORE ITALIANS GABBER ELEGANZA, FOUNDER OF NEVER SLEEP AND RECENT COLLABORATOR, ALONG WITH RISING POLISH TECHNO PRODUCER MARTYNA MAJA AKA VTSS WHO RELEASED ON SHAPEDNOISE’S REPITCH LABEL.
RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER LEONARDO SCOTTI PRESENTED PHOTOGRAPHY FROM ‘AESTHESIS’ SHOOT IN GIBELLINA, A TOWN THAT HAS BECOME A PRECIOUS ARCHIVE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, A VERITABLE MUSEUM IN THE OPEN AIR.
FILMMAKER AND COLLABORATOR PEDRO MAIA C VISUALS FROM THE ‘AESTHESIS A/V SHOW’ INCLUDING FOOTAGE FROM BRAZILIAN PERFORMER AUN HELDEN, FOLLOWING THE SHAPEDNOISE & PEDRO MAIA LIVE DEBUT AT BERLIN ATONAL THIS AUGUST.


SHAPEDNOISE DESCRIBES ‘AESTHESIS’ AS ‘INFORMED BY A SET OF KEY ELEMENTS THAT INTWINE ALL THE TRACKS TOGETHER, LIKE STEPS IN A LONG RESEARCH PROCESS. IT IS INTENDED AS A SENSORY EXPERIENCE WHERE THE SENSES ACT AS AN INTERFACE, SOUND AS SPACE’. HIS EXPERIMENTATION WITH UNORTHODOX RHYTHMIC STRUCTURES AND RADICAL CINEMATIC DESIGN REVEALS ACTIONS GROUNDED IN DIRECT EXPERIENCE BUT ‘INSPIRED BY A KIND OF SPECULATIVE REALISM’.
NINO PEDONE’S EXPLORATION OF NOISE AND MENTAL WITH RAVE AND HARDCORE. HIS AFFINITY WITH GRITTY TECHNO AND MODERN RAP/TRAP BLEED THROUGH WITH EARTH-SHATTERING BLOCKS OF BASS AND BEATS CONVEYED WITHIN HIS PRACTICE OF SONIC SCULPTURE. ‘AESTHESIS’ MELTS THESE SOUNDS DOWN, EVOLVING THEM INTO SOMETHING NEW OF HIS OWN – A COMPLEX, HYBRID BEING DESIGNED TO BE PLAYED LOUD.


A SERIES OF ARTISTIC COLLABORATIONS ARE HEARD THROUGHOUT THE ALBUM – FROM THE ACUSTIC R&B OF ALBUM OPENER ‘INTRIGUING (IN THE END)’ WHICH FEATURES VOCALS FROM MULTIMEDIA ARTIST E. JANE’S ALTER EGO MHYSA, TO JUSTIN K BROADRICK (FOUNDING MEMBER OF GODFLESH AND ZONAL) ON ‘BLAZE’ AND ALBUM CLOSER ‘MOBY DICK’; A COLLABORATION WITH SCOTTISH LEGEND DREW MCDOWALL (EX-COIL AND PSYCHIC TV MEMBER) AND RABIT (FOUNDER OF HALCYON VEIL).


SHAPEDNOISE ‘AESTHESIS’ ALBUM LAUNCH

KUBORAUM SITE-SPECIFIC MULTIMEDIA-INSTALLATION

AT KHIDI CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE, TBILISI

19TH APRIL 2019

A MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION USING SOUND, VIDEO-PROJECTIONS, EYE-COUTURE MASKS, NEW CREATIONS, ARCHIVE PIECES, LIGHTS, PRINTS ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT MATERIALS, HAND PAINTED AND BURNT PLEXIGLASS, ONE DJ, DANCING PEOPLE.
AN EXCURSUS ON THE RELATION BETWEEN THE MASK AND THE CONCEPT OF IDENTITY, THE DANCE FLOOR AS AN INTERACTIVE AFFIRMATION OF HYBRIDIZATION AND LIQUID IDENTITY. THE CONCEPT OF IDENTITY IS THE FIELD OF EXPERIMENTATION WHERE THE WHOLE KUBORAUM PROJECT EMPHASIZES ON THE ANXIETY THAT EACH ONE OF US HAS RELATED TO THE CONTRAST BETWEEN PRESENTATION AND SELF-REPRESENTATION.
KUBORAUM USES THE GAME OF MASK AS A HYPOTHETICAL SOLUTION TO THIS ANXIETY. THE MASK AS OUR LIQUID ARCHITECTURE, OUR LIGHT BOX AND OUR DARK BOX, A LIQUID ARCHITECTURE WHERE WE EXPERIENCE OURSELVES AND ALL OUR IDENTITIES IN BETWEEN THE CITY-SCAPES. A BOX FULL OF LIGHT LIKE A DANCE FLOOR IS THE REPRESENTATION OF AN EMOTIONAL ARCHITECTURE THAT ARISES FROM THE CONSTITUTION OF A GROUP ENTITY, A LIQUID IDENTITY FORMED BY MULTIPLE INDIVIDUALS AND MULTIPLE IDENTITIES. THROUGH OUR LIQUID BOX, OUR LIQUID ARCHITECTURE WE EXPERIENCE OUR IDENTITIES, THROUGH THE DANCE FLOOR, A NEO-CONTEMPORARY ORACLE FOR THOUGHTS ABOUT OURSELVES, WE MEET, WE EXCHANGE, WE DANCE AND WE KNOW OURSELVES THROUGH DIFFERENCES WITH EACH OTHER. THE DANCE FLOOR IS A POLITICAL ENTITY, IT IS COHABITATION, IT IS THE LIBERATION OF DIFFERENCES, IT IS ENJOYING THESE DIFFERENCES, WITHOUT ANNULLING THEM. THE IDEA THAT WE ARE ALL THE SAME IS TERRIBLE, EACH OF US IS MULTIPLE AND DIFFERENT, WE MUST LEARN TO ENJOY THESE DIFFERENCES, THROUGH THE OTHER WE MUST LEARN TO KNOW OURSELVES. THE DANCE FLOOR IS A POLITICAL ENTITY THAT EDUCATES US TO ENJOY THESE DIFFERENCES BY CELEBRATING THEM IN THE ECSTATIC RITUAL OF DANCE.

THE SOUNDSCAPE DURING THE EXPERIENCE WAS CURATED BY DJ RED.


KUBORAUM SITE-SPECIFIC MULTIMEDIA-INSTALLATION

ATONAL OFF – NEVER FORGET STRANGERS
DOWNWARDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

4TH EPISODE

DURING THE FORTH EPISODE OF OUR ATONAL OFF EVENT SERIES, WE HAD THE HONOR TO HOST & SHARE WITH A SPECIAL CROWD A UNIQUE MOMENT FOR THE UNDERGROUND MUSIC SCENE: THE 25TH YEAR OF THE LEGENDARY DOWNWARDS RECORDS.
THE WELL VISITED OFF JAM SESSION WAS A VERY NOTABLE AND INTIMATE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND THIS SET IS DELIVERING THE EXACT ATMOSPHERE AND VIBE THAT WAS EXPERIENCED DURING THIS EVENING.

DOWNWARDS IS A RECORD LABEL FOUNDED IN BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND IN 1993 BY REGIS AND FEMALE, IT HAS A FUNDAMENTAL AND INFLUENTIAL IMPACT ON THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND TECHNO PANORAMA WE KNOW TODAY SINCE ITS BEGINNING.

REGIS, LAYNE, JIM NINGUS AND JUSTIN ANASTASI CREATED AN INCREDIBLE AND INTIMATE BEAUTIFUL VIBE WITH THE MUSIC THEY CREATED.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO KARL O’CONNOR AKA REGIS AND TO DOWNWARDS FOR THOSE INCREDIBLE 25 YEARS. WITH YOUR SOUND, YOU HAVE DESIGNED A UNIQUE AESTHETIC WHICH DEEPLY INSPIRES ALL OF US.


ATONAL OFF – NEVER FORGET STRANGERS <br/>DOWNWARDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

TERRAFORMA 2019

KUBORAUM INSTALLATION

THE NAME OF THIS INSTALLATION BY THE ARTIST VINICIUS AND CURATED BY KUBORAUM FOR TERRAFORMA 2019 IS A QUOTE FROM THE BOOK FREE PARTY BY FRANCESCO MACCARONE PALMIERI, 2002, MELTEMI EDITORE.

WE WANT TO REPRESENT A DANCE FLOOR THROUGH THE USE OF FLAGS, A DANCE FLOOR BEING USED AS A METAPHOR FOR A POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ENTITY, THE DANCE FLOOR AS THE IDEAL OF A SOCIETY OF INCLUSION AND COHABITATION.
THE DANCE FLOOR IS THE REPRESENTATION OF AN EMOTIONAL ARCHITECTURE THAT ARISES FROM THE CONSTITUTION OF A GROUP ENTITY, A LIQUID IDENTITY FORMED BY MULTIPLE INDIVIDUALS. THROUGH THE DANCE FLOOR, A NEO-CONTEMPORARY ORACLE FOR THOUGHTS ABOUT OURSELVES, WE MEET, WE EXCHANGE, WE DANCE AND WE KNOW OURSELVES THROUGH DIFFERENCES WITH EACH OTHER.
THE DANCE FLOOR IS A POLITICAL ENTITY, IT IS COHABITATION, IT IS THE LIBERATION OF DIFFERENCES, IT IS ENJOYING THESE DIFFERENCES, WITHOUT ANNULLING THEM.
THROUGH THE FLAGS WE RECOGNIZE OUR FELLOWMEN, THROUGH THE FLAGS WE PLACE OUR BORDERS, THROUGH THE FLAGS WE DEFINE THE OTHER, THROUGH THE FLAGS WE CREATE EXCLUSION AND DIVISION.
IS THIS PERHAPS THE MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE US UNDER A SINGLE FLAG, THE ONE OF THE HUMAN RACE? AFTER A WHOLE EXISTENCE OF STRUGGLES, WARS AND DIVISIONS, AFTER HAVING DRAINED THE PLANET OF ITS RESOURCES, A STEP AWAY FROM MAKING THIS PLANET WE CALL MOTHER EARTH, AN UNLIVABLE AND HARMFUL PLACE, THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE SHOULD RISE UNDER A SINGLE FLAG.

VINICIUS IS CURRENTLY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT KUBORAUM STUDIO IN BERLIN.


TERRAFORMA 2019