Combining electronic sound backdrops, the tones of jazz, and a crooning, almost old-fashioned voice that rings out between all the glittering synths and basses, Dan Bodan truly embraces grand emotions. The musician left the Canadian prairies for the city of Berlin, where he published his first album, Soft, in 2014. This album, which took four years to make and plays through a wide range of sentiment, is published by no less a label than DFA, placing Bodan on a plane with other electronic stars like Hot Chip, Juan McLean, and Planningtorock.
This Austrian premiere of Dan Bodan’s album Soft is a continuation of performances associated with the network of artist David Lieske and his exhibition Platoon (RL-X). After DJ sets by Lawrence (Dial) and Bianca (Mathew), and the Villa Design Group contribution to the exhibition Ludwig Goes Pop, also invited by Lieske, Julien Ceccaldi is the latest “connection.” Ceccaldi exhibited in the Mathew Gallery in 2013, and he designed the cover for Soft.
During the concert, David Lieske’s catalogue and a sweater edition by designer Nhu Dong will be presented. The android films by the Japanese artist brothers Ei and Tomoo Arakawa will be screened in mumok cinema. As UNITED BROTHERS and the operators of the Green Tea Gallery, the Arakawa brothers include their entire network (with Kerstin Brätsch, Richard Aldrich, Henning Bohl, Nikolas Gambaroff, and Tobias Madison) in their films.