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MONOM x SSI x CTM 2018 present: Transcend the Turmoil in 4DSOUND


Featuring the German premiere of NOQTURNL (an overnight performance by John Connell + Florence To), performances and new commissions by:

GAIKA - The Spectacular Empire pt ll: The Time Machine
Pan Daijing
IOANN - Imagining the Hyperspace


27 January – 2 February
Tickets on sale now

One of the ways that Turmoil exists within us is through a broken dialogue between expectations and reality, as much on an personal level as on a larger social and political scale. Puncturing through the messiness of our daily lives to occupy our senses with brazen messages, this kind of disconnect is exploited by the many forces competing for our attention or sympathy. Masterful or clumsy, informed or blind, subtle or shriekingly loud, our own physiological and emotional responses are being weaponized against us to confuse, intimidate and entice.

To cope with the stress of overstimulation, we erect boundaries and dampen our senses just to temper the turmoil. We have been doing this for so long that we have forgotten how to truly listen. During CTM, MONOM – Berlin's Center for Spatial Sound and home to the 4DSOUND spatial sound system – will become a place to switch off unwanted disturbances and immerse oneself in rich and vivid sonic worlds that will reopen our ears and awaken our senses.

Sound is a medium that we experience with our entire body. Similarly, the 4DSOUND system is a habitable instrument that merges with and decentralizes the performance space, allowing for sound to come  from all around us and move through us. Experiencing sound in this way opens us up to emotional and physical responses inscribed in our ancient and recent memories, providing an opportunity to experience our senses as a gateway to more meaningful connections between inner and outer space and to transcend the turmoil.

To this end, for CTM Festival 2018, MONOM has commissioned GAIKA Pan Daijing, FIS, and TCF to use the 4DSOUND system to build intensely visceral experiences that will range from calming and hypnotizing to thought-provoking and radical.

Artist and researcher IOANN will present “Imagining the Hyperspace”, a work he developed during a residency at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest. The work seeks to reveal the multidimensional nature of listening by exploring complex 4-dimensional geometrical shapes in sound. Listeners will in turn become aware that the construct of space we perceive is an attribute of our consciousness, and that this perception can be altered.

Finally, on the festivals first weekend, composer John Connell and art director Florence To will give the German premiere of NOQTURNL , an overnight performance exploring the threshold between waking and dreaming, developed in collaboration with the Spatial Sound Institute. To and Connell immerse participants in a spatial field of sound and light designed to open access to the hyper­-lucid: the imaginative and highly receptive state of intelligence available within the dreaming mind.


NOQTURNL by John Connell & Florence To {SOLD OUT}

Sat 27.01 - Sun 28.01 (overnight)
Doors 22:00
Show 23:59 until first light (7:30)



Tuesday 30.01
Doors 18:00
Show 19:00


Pan Daijing + FIS + IOANN

Thursday 01.02 & Friday 02.02 (same line-up)
Doors 18:00
Show 19:00


NOQTURNL by John Connell & Florence To

NOQTURNL art director Florence To and composer John Connell share a deep interest in the
way technology and media can alter perception ­ affecting the formation of our personal and
social constructs, both positively and adversely. They have been collaborating with spatial
sound collective 4DSOUND since 2014 to explore how spatial audio­visual technologies can
encourage constructive environments for self reflection, creative ideation and social interaction.


GAIKA presents The Spectacular Empire pt ll : The Time Machine
4DSOUND installation + performance

Central to his Spectacular Empire movement the artist GAIKA presents his latest immersive work The Time Machine.

The Time Machine is a futurist vision based on a current and vital black youth behaviour. Inspired by the films of his brother Kibwe, neo noir anime and brutalist architecture, GAIKA works across mediums to expand the definition of shared experience or gang. The Time Machine is a highly detailed fantasy detournement that aims to ask complex questions about minority subculture in the face of increasingly regressive authoritarian leadership in the western world.

"To the outlaws—to all of them:
the good and the bad, the ugly and
the pretty, the dead and the live”

—Edward Abby, The Brave Cowboy

Pan Daijing

Pan Daijing is a self-taught, self-proclaimed outsider who makes music, art, and tells stories. Born and raised in Guiyang, Southwest China, she has been hiding in Berlin since 2016. Rooted in noise music, her raw approach as a composer and performer takes many forms; primarily performance art, sound, dance and installation, hinging heavily on improvisation and acts of storytelling. Soul exposing utterances and sonic, aesthetic outbursts as a means of direct communication are the main tendons of her practice;vehicles of power and vulnerability are interwoven in her work sensorially rather than as statements. The output is poetic and uncanny, often oscillating along paradoxical conceptual states.


Hailing from New Zealand, Fis produces physical, spirited, exploratory electronic music very much informed by his surroundings and connection to the natural world. After cutting his teeth on powerful sound systems throughout NZ, Oliver Peryman dropped a string of stand out EPs on Samurai Horo, Exit, and Tri Angle in 2012/13, followed by epic A/V performances on the main stage at Berlin Atonal in 2014 and 2015, and an EP and his debut LP “The Blue Quicksand is Going Now” on London’s Loopy in May 2015. From Patterns to Details. the latest LP, sees Fis explore nature’s more swampy patterns in sound.


TCF is the moniker of Norwegian contemporary artist and musician Lars Holdhus. His work explores themes of code, cryptography and musical composition through the use of visual, sonic, built and written concepts. Holdhus creates a world that draws references from musique concrete, hardstyle, hardcore, poetry and digital artifacts. His practice shifts between art exhibitions and performing music pieces.


IOANN, is the current artist project of Ivan Sapozhkov, born in Tyumen, Western-Siberia, Russia. Graduated from the department of Philology at the Tyumen State University in 2006,  his musical career spans from his early childhood classical music training up to Sapozhkov founding his first rock- and metal groups in the early 2000s. For several years he toured as vocalist and guitarist with Russian mystic-metal band «Molot vediM» and released the worldwide acclaimed studio album ‘Asylum’ in 2004. Since 2006, He began to experiment with forms of electronic sound and virtual instruments, working in the field of experimental sound, film and theatre as a composer and musician. In 2014, Sapozhkov founded his experimental sound studio and label ‘Negativespace’.

'What is space, actually? How do we know what we perceive is the real world, rather than a shadow theatre, the projection of something more complex that surpasses our ordinary renditions of perception? Can we understand space with more than three dimensions? How can we listen to 4-dimensional sound? These are some of the central questions in the work ‘Imagining The Hyperspace’: a monumental exploration of complex multidimensional structures and geometrical concepts by Russian sound artist and researcher IOANN.

‘Imagining The Hyperspace’ invites to explore space beyond our ordinary perception, to discover what else is inherent to human nature and how we are able to evolve consciousness - using sound to attain a deeper awareness of space and its multidimensional character.'

Earlier Event: December 14
SOLD OUT // Max Cooper, Caterina Barbieri
Later Event: January 27