GEWALT: »Du bist Gewalt«
With their Commissioned Work »Du bist Gewalt« (»You are Gewalt«), the Berlin avant-garde trio GEWALT (German for »violence«) shakes the foundations of live music entertainment: the separation of audience and stage. The auditorium changes its basic function, from the usual, safe, voyeuristic standpoint to a brightly and unpleasantly lit site of discomfort. From the first note onwards, the light changes so that the musicians are in semi-darkness while the audience is fully illuminated and projected onto screens above the stage. Audience members can recover from the trio’s exposure and publicisation of their own violence only during the short pauses between songs, when the lights return to the usual setting. GEWALT gives back to violence what Hollywood took from it: presence.
Credits: LMMS (drums), Helen Henfling (guitar), Jasmin Rilke (bass), Patrick Wagner (vocals, guitar), Robert Glanz (management), Bernd Skischally (tour management), Joshua Murphy (video, stream), Pablo Thierman (sound engineering).
Violence – Gewalt
You are Gewalt.
As part of the »Commissioned Work« at Pop-Kultur Festival 2022, Gewalt offers the possibility to overprint your beloved old shirts and jumpers with our Gewalt logo.
Good for the environment and your tortured souls.
Pimp up your shirt, you are Gewalt.
The musicians step out of the centre, the song steps out of the centre. You dominate the scene. Your violence exceeds ours by far.
You may be filmed and streamed.
By entering the auditorium, consent is automatically given.