On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Josef Dabernig. Rock the Void, the artist has invited Polish hip-hop band Kaliber 44 to give a vertical concert at mumok.
Kaliber 44, one of Poland’s most important hip-hop groups, will play in the museum’s stairwell. The hard Kaliber 44 sound, which goes by the name of psychorap, will fill out the 35-meter high space. The audience will stand and sit on the steps that connect the museum’s exhibition levels.
Kaliber 44 was founded in 1994 by the brothers Marcin “Abradab” and Michal “Joka” Marten in Katowice, Poland. Piotr Łuszcz aka Magik joined soon after, adding his screaming and shouting, his idiosyncratic use of Polish syntax, and his acrobatics of emphasis to the group’s repertoire. Their first album, Księga Tajemnicza. Prolog (The Mysterious Book. Prologue) was the first psychorap album in Poland. It was a complete success, and the trio quickly became one of Poland’s most popular bands. Two more albums followed—W 63 minuty dookoła świata (Around the World in 63 Minutes), 1998, and 3:44, 2000. They sold more than 150,000 copies.
Kaliber’s texts are aggressive, sometimes chauvinistic, and intelligent and socially critical. Puns, curses, and Polish idioms are combined with ugly dissonance to create the band’s distinctive style. Kaliber are brutally honest—naming the tedium that took over the margins of society after the end of the Cold War, and giving a voice to people and groups who have not made the transformation into the brave new world of an affluent society.
In 2000 Kaliber 44 disbanded, but in 2013 this Polish hip-hop miracle was reborn, and since then the two founder members Marcin “Abradab” and Michal “Joka” Marten have been touring again with a live band. New songs are under composition, and eagerly awaited.