POP PSYCHOLOGY


This past year has been a period of deep reflection. At a time of serious social, political and economic upheaval, triggered by an ongoing pandemic, each and every one of us has been pushed to confront the systems, structures and spaces we inhabit—both as a community and as individuals. Gathering in clubs, theaters, galleries, even our homes has been deemed unsafe. With that we have been forced to look even further inward, into our hearts and our minds, while developing new spaces of energy, action and connection on the internet. Creamcake’s “Pop Psychology” video program is one such productive and proactive outcome. 

Dropping online at 3hdTV from July 15 to September 15, the series of film commissions traces the unresolvable tensions between political activism and noise, empowerment and performativity, consumer culture and self-care. Four artists and collectives from London, Berlin, New York and Changchun, China, make these points of friction visible as therapeutic drives of sustainability and empowerment. Fauness presents an experimental twist on the aesthetic of the pop music video, her spritely alter-ego ‘Plexaure’ traveling through English countryside with her wild pony companions. Alice Z Jones x Dis Fig's collaborative audiovisual project takes the notion of a “casting-off” as a starting point to explore bodies in crisis, theories of dissent, and potential healing practices through art and music making. unseelie lead a guided meditation inspired by the Brood X cicada swarms, and Yikii shoots, directs and edits a visual accompaniment to six of her tracks exploring the connection between personal loneliness and society.

As our primary modes of organizing have been taken from us with social distancing and self-isolation protocol, the question has become, “where do we go now?” There have been benefits to this moment of crisis and consequent self-examination and “Pop Psychology” attempts to find and reveal them. After all, joy is an integral part to maintaining mental health, and now is the time to find it through music.

CAST-OFF
Alice Z Jones × Dis Fig


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CAST-OFF
Alice Z Jones × Dis Fig

Dropping as part of the 10th Berlin Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives award ceremony and Berlin Art Week—opening September 15 —the interdisciplinary platform will present one of a four-part video series. Alice Z Jones x Dis Fig’s “CAST-OFF” premieres and screens at Mitte KUNSTPUNKT BERLIN until September 26. The audiovisual work will be accessible via Creamcake’s 3hdTV channel at the same time, which will act as an online stage, of sorts, becoming a celebratory space for support, community and pop appreciation, in all its diverse and exciting forms. “Pop Psychology” traces the unresolvable tensions between political activism and noise, empowerment and performativity, consumer culture and self-care, making these points of friction visible as therapeutic drives of sustainability and empowerment. Joy is an integral part to maintaining mental health, and now is the time to find it through music.


“CAST-OFF” is a collaborative audiovisual project exploring bodies in crisis, theories of dissent, and potential healing practices through art and music making. Taking Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata’s notion of a “casting-off” of society-approved notions of identity as a starting point, artist Alice Z Jones and producer Dis Fig (aka Felicia Chen) draw inspiration from butoh, shamanistic rituals, cyberpunk and the techno-poetics of Afrofuturism. They imagine possibilities for fracture—if only temporary—from a past, present and foreseeable future of the affliction of existing under oppressive systems. From social injustice, sickness, and technologically-enhanced violence to the physical and mental weight, an ever-increasing pressure put on those who exist on the margins, “CAST-OFF” converses with its audience through a combination of found footage, improvisational performance, and hypnotic and transitory sound. It moves through a myriad of histories, into the present day, while centering liminal and peripheral states of existence. Are we done yet?

Mixed and mastered by Theo Karon

PLEXAURE'S TOUR DIARY
Fauness


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PLEXAURE'S TOUR DIARY
Fauness

Shortly before the first Lockdown was implemented in London, Fauness staged a performance at Hyperdub-run club night Ø in the guise of Plexaure, her alter-ego. An immortal sea nymph from ancient Greece who has survived through to the present day, she has been forced, due to climate change and ecocide, to abandon her original habitat. ‘Plexaure's Tour Diary’ is an experimental twist on the aesthetic of the pop music video, in an account of what happened to this sprite after COVID-19 forced public spaces to empty, shops to close, and human beings to go indoors.

Plexaure travels alone through the English countryside, the wild ponies she meets along the way her only companions. The original soundtrack is a poetic reflection on the objectification of natural scenery, particularly in relation to the pervasive rediscovery/reenchantment of "the outdoors" during the Pandemic.