text | sub_ʇxǝʇ

(c) Alex Head, 2018

text | sub_ʇxǝʇ is an interactive audio guide commissioned by ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin-Moabit. The work will be inaugurated on the 8th of June 2018 and continue as a permanent installation for ZK/U.

text | sub_ʇxǝʇ is a multi layered sonic response to five years of making at ZK/U from artist and founder of sub_ʇxǝʇ radio Alex Head (Wasteland Twinning Network, Here Comes Trouble: An Inquiry Into Art, Magic and Madness as Deviant Knowledge on ZK/U Press). 

Working through curatorial dialogue with Lotta Schäfer from ZK/U and interdisciplinary programmer Rafael Polo the artist invites the listener to explore the institution's goals and desires as ‘text’ in relationship to the concrete realities that prescribe it as ‘subtext’. 

Over six interactive web pages the work text | sub_ʇxǝʇ allows the listener to blend thirty-six carefully produced audio tracks. One’s interaction with text | sub_ʇxǝʇ therefore shapes and is shaped by the manner of one’s interaction. 

The work eschews a single reading of ZK/U, proposing rather to amplify multiple readings of the organisation as a local, international and spatio-creative organism. 

text | sub_ʇxǝʇ aims to describe ZK/U as a local, international, spatial and creative organism based on different modes of understanding and interpretation. It thereby presents the institution with an invitation to enter into a discussion with itself.

The work will be available on smartphone or any device connected to the internet accessible from the ZK/U between June 8th, 2018 and thereafter as a permanent interactive audio guide for ZK/U.


text | sub_ʇxǝʇ is part of the MagiCCarpets project and is co-financed by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
Siemensstrasse 27
10551 Berlin

(c) Alex Head, 2018