Montag Modus is a bi-monthly performance series hosted by Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB), serving as a platform for the fusion of various artistic genres with a focus on performative art. This month, Montag Modus will be presenting ‘Shatter Potential’, a collection of works exploring what happens when our usual perceptions are shattered, and when our experience enters unfamiliar environments. The selected works, from artists Dániel Bálint, Wolfgang Spahn and hannsjana investigate chaos and entropy as integral themes. They emulate and question what occurs in our perception when we cannot understand signs or decode sounds, and when noise becomes a visual phenomenon.
In his video installation, ‘XSZX’, Budapest-based artist Bálint presents a visualisation of dyslexia. Influenced by personal experience, he uses optical illusions and misty typography to create an immersive space, representative of language experienced through dyslexia’s various forms. Bálint’s installation will be available to view at CHB for three weeks following the ‘Shatter Potential’ event. Also capturing chaos through digital art, Spahn will present ‘Entropie’, a live performance combining sound and visual projections, played through different analogue and digital machines developed by the artist. The sound composition and abstract light patterns communicate synaesthetically, resulting in an audio-visual presentation of the electromagnetic fields of coils and motors, where the data stream of a digital projector becomes an audible current.
‘Shatter Potential’ also offers the opportunity to experience a performative audio tour, led by feminist art collective hannsjana. The piece, entitled ‘Sideboard Manifesto’, embraces the ritualistic processes of creating order in chaos, and will clear up, throw away and cleanse the space at CHB. Running at various times throughout the event, the tours will operate in small groups and demonstrate the use of performance, audio drama and music. Curated by Lena Szirmay-Kalos and Kata Krasznahorkai, ‘Shatter Potential’ aims to undermine typically held perceptual sensibilities and seeks to unearth alternate parallels of perceptual processes, through seemingly discordant and sensual experiences.