Passage @ Cashmere Radio / online

Passage curated by Portals (Sarah Johanna Theurer) and Plus X
Astrit Ismaili, Candice Nembhard, OMSK Social Club & Alexander Iezzi, Lensbased Class, Isabel Lewis

January 1 – 29, 2021

Cashmere Radio
OMSK Social Club & Alexander Iezzi. Utopiates: The Freedom Cell (excerpt). January 1st, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Candice Nembhard. Minutes on the Last Sermon (excerpt). January 8th, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Candice Nembhard. Minutes on the Last Sermon (excerpt). January 8th, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Candice Nembhard. Minutes on the Last Sermon (excerpt). January 8th, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Candice Nembhard. Minutes on the Last Sermon (excerpt). January 8th, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Lensbased Class, January 15th, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Isabel Lewis, January 22nd, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Astrit Ismaili, January 29th, 2021. Passage @ Cashmere Radio.

Passage is an exhibition format that explores the liminal space of the broadcast as a room for art. With five radio-shows taking place every Friday in January, Passage exhibition opens an interface to art, poetry, and performance within the acoustic realm. The series hosted by Cashmere Radio shows Portals and Plus X departs from an understanding of art as a shared sonic space, rendering the artwork an invisible yet present agent. Passage exhibition aims to set a distinct framework apart from visual logic, building on the legacy of radio as a pioneering form of immersive and virtual environments. In this radiophonic Kunstraum, the artwork is stripped of its material heft. Dissolving and expanding its form on air; Passage exhibition activates listeners in their private rooms, through bleeding solitary experiences.

Transmitted through soundwaves, the viral sound-image resonates with each listeners’ body and enables instances of empathy, embedding distant bodies into unseen togetherness. Passage exhibition questions the visual as a dominant modality of knowledge acquisition in an era disproportionately dependent upon quantitative assessment of reality and lacking in tools for qualitative understanding.

Every Friday at 6pm, a newly commissioned piece is aired, with formats ranging from guided listening experiences to musical genealogies suggesting different ways of ordering the sensible.

OMSK Social Club

“Utopiates: The Freedom Cell” is a real game play which features thematics of understanding

acid as a primal technology. The work used concentrated LSD to open up a collective

experience of artificially induced virtual reality, exploring the collective mind made neurocosmic

through social intelligence, technological extensions and radical holographic imagineering. The

RGP was created by OMSK Social Club and the sonic recording cut up and sampled by

Alexander Iezzi.

Candice Nembhard

“Minutes on the Last Sermon” by writer, poet, artist-curator and producer Candice Nembhard

a.k.a okcandice explores the impact of oratorical traditions within the church on queer

contemporary performance spaces. The project features spoken word, gospel music and

archival footage. It is dedicated to the late J P Nembhard.

Lensbased Class

A collective from Lensbased Class of the University of the Arts Berlin took thirteen separate

recorded walks for Passage exhibition. The result is one hour of sonic pathways to walk with

one another while being apart; to bring the outside inside. The radio station plays the role of a

medium to connect with the listener’s ears, mind and feet: to go somewhere together, apart…

and never arrive anywhere.

Isabel Lewis

Isabel Lewis’ contribution is a guided experience for collective listening. The multi-sensory

occasion creates formats for alternative modes of sociality between human and more-than

human agents. As an embodiment experiment it encourages the listener to connect with their

inner worlds in order to become more radically receptive to their outer worlds.

Astrit Ismaili

For Passage exhibition, Astrit Ismaili is teaming up with their sister Blerta Ismaili to curate and

conceptualise a virtual musical album for their mother Selvete Krasniqi. Belonging to the

pioneer generation of female music composers in Kosovo, her work is made available online

for the first time. In this intimate, familial conversation, listeners have the chance to encounter

their mother’s artistic journey that started in the early 80s and continued until the early 2000s.

Born out of times of intense political climate, the tracks are alternating between genres of pop,

folk and children’s music.

Documentation material courtesy and copyright of the artists, designer and Cashmere Radio. Design by Fred Heinsohn.