Bsynthome + Shackleton / Jon Schmidt / Neil Flynn

Performance by Transforma & Yro + Aftershow

Equally inspired by mystic and scientific approaches, Bsynthome aims at exploring dynamic interrelationships and cycles within a fictitious system. 

An environment composed of kinetic installations, incomprehensible instruments, video cameras/projection and objects resembling primitive organisms, geologic finds or artifacts forms the core of the Bsynthome system. 

Performers work with instruments and tools in an attempt to interact with and understand the system’s changing connections and the cycles of its elements. By observing the complex stage arrangement, its correlations and sequences, the performers eventually change the system itself and leave it in an altered state. 

The performance is structured in three parts. In the beginning, the audience can observe the stage arrangement in a balanced loop. In the second part, three performers enter the stage, observe, interact and transform the system. In the third part, the stage set-up changes completely to produce an altered loop. 

Bsynthome is the second part of the Synthome-Cycle, a performance trilogy examining complex systems. The first part, Asynthome, dealt with its creation. The third part, Csynthome, will investigate its decay. 

Entrance price: 10 euros

Performance duration: approx. 50 minutes

Bsynthome Teaser

Performance: 22h
Transforma + Yro


Live Set

In 2004, prior to the founding of the label Skull Disco, Ian Hicks of Mordant Music liked and released an early Shackleton track entitled Stalker. The track later appeared on Rough Trade's 'Best of 2004' compilation. Around this time Shackleton started thinking about forming a label to release "interesting bass music". Shortly after, Shackleton began the (now defunct) Skull Disco nights in London. Attendees at the first Skull Disco night included Loefah and Mala of the DMZ label.

Releases on the Skull Disco label were typically double A-sides, often featuring a track apiece from Shackleton and Appleblim. Skull Disco releases tended to use unusual sounds, atypical of any particular genre; they often used African percussion and samples of ethnic vocals, combined with massive, wobbling sub-bass and sometimes elements of four to the floor, Basic Channel-esque drum patterns.


Aftershow Sets:
Jon Schmidt (FEED)
Neil Flynn (FEED, Lossless)

Aftershow programm curated by FEED

Funded by:
Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin - Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten (DE) 

CNC Centre national du cinéma et de l‘image animée (FR) 

Supported by:
ZK/U - Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin (DE)
Stereolux / Scopitone Festival, Nantes (FR) 

Production Germany: Transforma
Production France: AVoka