1.1 x HeK present: Noise Gate



1.1 x HeK present:
Noise Gate


13.04.18: 1.1 x HeK present: Noise Gate
N-Prolenta (live)
Bonaventure (live)
Yves Tumor (live)
missbeurette (DJ Set)
Mukuna (DJ Set)

For this special Noise Gate edition, the art platform 1.1 and House of Electronic Arts, Basel, have teamed up to present an evening with experimental live acts and genre-defying DJs. The main live acts, Yves Tumor, N-Prolenta and Bonaventure comfortably navigate their work through different contexts, such as the nightclub, or art institutions. They work with reflections and confrontations of their surroundings, be it contextually or through precisely picked samples, and often take on a political undertone. Just as impossible as it is to pin their music to one specific genre, their nomadic lifestyle corresponds to an international network of a subculture in electronic music and is therefore redundant to tie to one location. We’re happy to compliment these concerts with two promising DJs essential to the Swiss nightlife, whose styles range from French rap, Afrobeats to ambient music and House.

Live Acts:
Yves Tumor is the inspired and impenetrable persona of artist Sean Bowie, a conduit for a distinctly bold aesthetic. He edges, shifts, and ultimately detonates the boundaries of electronica, soul, industrial, rap and rock music into an undaunted, liberated wilderness of intrepid pop. Through the use of field recordings, Yves Tumor creates an abstract and richly textured soundscape, which he adorns with riffs that remind us of Soul and R’n’B and with eery vocals that manifest an elusive spirituality. In his live performances, he contrasts this dreamy sound with a charged, energetic delivery that is at once thrilling and jarring.
The outcome is memorable and signature in its unquantifiable movements: the New Punk aesthete creates a brave narrative transcendent beyond mere redefinitions and embodiments of culture, one that is ablaze into a trajectory of its own radically intimate expression, for all to discover.
Music is just one of the media employed in N-Prolenta’s multidisciplinary practice. The experimental, sometimes abrasive sound is created between carefully timed and precarious, spontaneous compositions, provoking a hypnotic suspension as if it could decompose within a blink of an eye. For the artist’s recent participation in the group show New Black Portraiture co-presented by Rhizome and the New Museum, N-Prolenta has produced the process-driven yet to be released mixtape “Banana Island: Hublots”. It addresses precarity of the Black body in our current financial system, which is reflected in the musical output through glitches, spontaneous recordings within a restricted timeframe and an automated form of production.
Bonaventure (PTP/ NON) uses her music as an outlet for various personal and sociopolitical confrontations, and as an instrument to explore her own roots. The results are energetic tracks that assume a certain nature of mantras through the repetition of elements, in which texts and samples ranging from Sister Souljah to Missy Elliott and Ginuwine are embedded. With her music the artist explores her own identity and uses it as as a defence against a systematic anti-black hegemony. A couple years ago she began an on-going collaboration with writer and artist Hannah Black and the set and textile designer Ebba Frasén Waldhör, with whom she’s performed notably at the ICA in London, MoMa PS1 in New York and will perform at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva in the end of March.
As a part of the collective FREE FEELS, missbeurette has left a mark on the Lausanne nightlife. In her DJ sets she smoothely moves through genres such as French rap, Raggaeton, Raï and Afrobeat.
Mukuna (Eylsia) is an integral part of the Basel DJ scene. He was a member of former collective La Main who are responsible for a number of epic events and who have recently formed the new outfit Somatic Rituals. His sets situate themselves in a mix of new and old productions in afro-influenced Percussion, Chicago House, Detroit Techno and ambient music, and have never failed to create a collective good mood feeling on the dance floor.