Driving down Prenzlauer Allee into Berlin Zentrum in the dark January winter, I felt the inexorable pull of the night city. Exhaustion was creeping in after the long autobahn drive from Manchester with a boot full of studio equipment. Sleep was beckoning, but as my old friend the Fernsehturm came into view, one glimpse and I was revitalised…time to plug in to the electropolis.
I’m here on an artists’ international development trip – funded by Arts Council England and British Council – to collaborate with my host partner Hugo Esquinca from OQKO collective, and research the live audio-visual, music technology and art-science scenes. As a sound artist working with DIY technologies and audio visual performance, I have always looked to the city as a beacon for advances in transmedia projects, live collaborations and new thinking. I wanted to get lost in the Kiez for a bit and get to know the cultures and people around these electronic scenes.