Previously at the ICA - Events
20 Aug 2017
Global collective Quantum Natives present live audiovisual performances by Brood Ma, Dane Law, Terribilis, Recsund, Oxhy and Yearning Kru.
Quantum Natives are a geographically-scattered media collective and record label who promise hard dancing in atemporality. Within the In formation programme, Quantum Natives speculate on the formation of a particularly contemporary form of community, a public constituted predominantly online through a mode of shared production. Their collective work explores the relationship between the fictional landscapes of science fiction novels and role playing games, IRL experience and the contested spaces of social media.
Working with video-game technology and software-based sound design they have released music from artists dispersed across the world including Yearning Kru, Brood Ma, DJWWWW, rosen and Terribilis. Their recent compilation Xquisite Nihil: Seize the Means of Production was described by The Wire as showcasing 'an exciting selection of noisy post-industrial artists for an era of austerity'.
Founding Xquisite Nihil participant Oxhy produces an encrusted meld of club dynamics, metallic bombast and protest energy channelled through the Xquisite show on Berlin Community Radio and isolated Soundcloud emissions. Tracks like Burning Tories and Institutionally Oriented Spiritual Violence layer blastbeats under grimy stabs and guttural wails, whereas Broke In, the recent collaboration with Yves Tumor, weaves a narrative of deathly calm through siren calls and hollow bass. A further release with Quantum Natives is due imminently, following up the seize the means of production compilation from the collective.
Yearning Kru’s output treats the constant abstracted media-stream of the internet as the scrying pool of a darkly wondrous future where the primitive archetypes of myth and fantasy fiction are refracted through an ever changing digital media. Their work is a psychedelic landscape rendering through longform improvised performances, encased in montaged visual narratives. The music functions as viewpoints into a world for a brief period of time, and the world represented is one of small workshops toiling and churning in the shadow of great hives of technology, or the crowd-sourced content trees of social media. Their work has been released on Mantile, Planet Mu, and Kaleidescope, alongside a growing online archive of live actions.