At the opening party of the Liepāja Art Forum, the Klubnacht Berlin DJ Night in collaboration with Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, the futuristic shapes of the concert hall will transform into a sister of Berghain, the world’s most iconic night club in Berlin, where we will be taken on a journey through New York, London, Berlin, and Rīga with hypnotizingly transcendent DJ sets by British artist Steven Warwick and Latvian master of experimental sound Kaspars Groševs.
Following the opening of Ilya Lipkin’s exhibition YOU are the model! YOU are the majority! at the Liepāja Art Forum, Warwick will shape the opening party of the Festival drawing inspiration from his London experience and the biography of his friend Ilya who was born in Rīga, raised in Queens, New York, and currently working in Berlin.
During this night, both DJs will use sound to create a performative and hypnotizing sonic interpretation of these various locations. Capturing the unique essence of each city in sound, the artists will take their listeners on a sonic journey representing the artists’ time and experiences in these metropolises.
Musician and visual artist Steven Warwick, formerly known as Heatsick, uses his Casio synthesizer, sound effects, voice and percussions to create hypnotic, danceable compositions which, like his visual works, merge into various objects and media and invite the audience to participate.
Warwick has performed at exclusive night clubs like Berghain in Berlin, which hosts the top DJs of the world, Trouw in Amsterdam, experimental and avant-garde music venue ISSUE Project Room in New York, as well as the London Contemporary Music Festival, electronic music and digital art festival MUTEK Montréal, contemporary and experimental music festival Unsound in Krakow, among many others.
Steven Warwick’s DJ set in Liepāja will be warmed up by experienced artist of sound and curator Kaspars Groševs. In his sets, the artist mixes various genres, looking for unusual rhythms and sequences in post-punk, balearic, new wave records of the past as well as their reflections in contemporary electronic music, amalgamating atmospheric waves of synth, meaty bass and broken rhythms that make you want to move.
Groševs has been creating music since the late 1990s, when he started experimenting in the field of electronic music and being active in the local hardcore scene, which he has replaced with an interest in sonic art and musical conceptualism in recent years. His focus in music are basic elements – the abilities of a human voice, clean tones, sound looping and simple processing effects.
The program features:
DJ set by Kaspars Groševs, 2 hours
DJ set by Steven Warwick, 2 hours
Steven Warwick is a British artist, musician and writer living and working in Berlin. He practices an interdisciplinary approach and works in theater directing and deejaying as well as art, music and writing. His work has been exhibited on many different platforms, such as in music recordings, galleries, night clubs, in print, and online. Steven Warwick skillfully combines the capabilities of these platforms to combine performance, image, sound and language in order to reflect upon how ideologies create and inhabit online and offline spaces, from coworking spaces to clubs, TV shows, and online chatrooms. The pluralistic live form of Warwick’s work shifts the audience’s expectations and understanding of performances and public exhibitions.
Kaspars Groševs is an experienced experimental music and sound artist, curator and author, co-founder of the first artist-led gallery in Rīga, the 427, since 2014. The artist has done numerous independent projects, participated in international group and solo exhibitions, including at the Futura Gallery in Prague, art center Bozar in Brussels, Shanaynay Gallery in Paris, SIC art space in Helsinki, as well as the Latvian National Museum of Art and Contemporary Art Centre Kim?.
Visitors will be welcomed with delicious refreshments by the "Kokmuiža" brand.
Entry from the age of 18. Together with an adult companion - from the age of 12.
Students, teachers, seniors – 25%
Persons with group I and II disabilities and their companions – 50%
Family tickets: 1 or 2 adults + 2 (or more) children – 25%
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10–30 persons – 20%
30 and more persons – 25%