Recordings from the ABYSSAL #5 - #8

November 21, 2020 — January 31, 2021

Broadcasting hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 2 - 6 pm
Live on the first day, afterwards as recording.

To the broadcast here

The ABYSSAL made itself at home on its threshold between real and digital space and will broadcast a rotating program from the Kunstverein Bar. Various artists have been invited, with written contributions, sounds and live-recordings.
The BAD BOY JESUS CITY SWIMMERS CLUB is going to resurface from the ABYSSAL - the depths of the ocean - to host the guests.


16.1. - 24.1.2021
Julie Gufler (text)
Hye-Eun Kim (sound)

Julie Gufler (*1983) actually reads the texts you hand her at an exhibition opening or gallery show. In the course of her five years of art school studies, that amounted to a whole lot of duh, ahem and yada yada. Wishing to change that, she started writing her own exhibition texts for fellow students whose work she admired. Today, she lives and works as a poet and translator of French Symbolism on the Danish island of Ærø. She also teaches new generations of aspiring artists how writing might make sense of one’s art. And on occasion (if irreplaceably enamoured, or paid in pure gold) she still responds to other artists and their work, in words and beyond.

Hye-Eun Kim currently studies at the HfbK in Hamburg and combines her classical music training with freeform improvisation and repetitive loops to create a spiritual synthesis, in which harsh sounds collide with melodic motifs to explore the space between past, present and a possible future.

9.1. - 15.1.2021
Anna Grath (text)
Plastiq (sound)

On 9 January Plastiq will be live guests at the ABYSSAL.

Anna Grath (* 1983, lives and works in Hamburg) is a sculptor. In her practice, materials, objects and texts of daily use are fragmented, pulled, folded, bent, kinked, bound, squeezed, trimmed and combined. The material is freed and done away with, but it is also forced to fulfill new functions. In the end, her sculptural wall works often behave like minimalist drawings.

Plastiq are Raphaela Andrade, Lena Geue and Luka Lenzin. Plastiq conspires to the moment. Their music is freely improvised throughout, three equally acting voices deny any hierarchy. By playing with beats, voices and keys, they form tracks that sound like this for the first and only time. Rooms, audience and collaborators are mutually responsible for what is created. plastiq explores the interface between synthetic and acoustic, between music, video, performance and theater space, plastiq sounds like krautrock and garage, and the question of their language never arises.

28.11. - 6.12. 2020
Rosanna Graf (text)
Lucrecia Dalt (sound)

On 28 November Lucrecia Dalt will be a live guest at the ABYSSAL.

Rosanna Graf (*1988, lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin) is a video artist, performer and photographer. Writing and a fascination for the magical and disorderly are central to her work.Her artistic works have been showed in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin and the Kunstverein München, among others. She is a winner of the Karl H. Ditze Prize and received the Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium.
Lucrecia Dalt
(*1980, lives and works in Berlin) is a musician and sound artist. Her work is inspired by fictional worlds, poetry and geology. Her sound works were heard international, including in the Issue Project Room, Pioneer Works in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Medellín and the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

21.11. - 27.11.2020
Stefan Ivanov (text)
Sebastian Kokus & Thomas Korf (sound)

On 21 November Sebastian Kokus and Thomas Korf will be live guests at the ABYSSAL.

Stefan Ivanov (*1986, lives in Sofia) is a poet, playwright and journalist. He writes alone but prefers to be inclusive of other artists in his work and ideas. He describes his stage work in the terms of structures which are filled up with the presence and immediacy of audience, poets, actors, artists and musicians.
Sebastian Kokus and Thomas Korf (born 1982 live and work in Hamburg) are among other things 2/3 of the band LOVE-SONGS (Bureau B), who have been moving between the musical tension of improvisational snapshots and fixed grids with several releases since 2012 .

This program by Mitko Mitkov is supported by fund »Kunst kennt keinen Shutdown« (There is no shutdown in art).


Mitko Mitkov (born in 1989, lives in Hamburg) is the founder of the BAD BOY JESUS CITY SWIMMERS CLUB. His artistic practise appropriates a number of different roles—caretaker service, curator, magazine editor, graphic designer, publisher, and founder of an association. Mostly collaborative within them he explores the fluidity of social spaces. Realism and longing, social criticism and everyday life, seriousness and the joy of coming together all go hand in hand here.