Binaries

Binaries 두가지들 (from Critical Magic 비평적 마술) is an exercise in hyperbole: seemingly oppositional concepts and beats released in tandem, allowing for transformative, transgressive concepts which are both and neither. The song is performed as the platform for ecstatic hyperventilation, paralleled between text and the music itself. As we engage with this exercise of shouting out binary forms, we reach a musical and physical exhaustion that is light enough to send us upwards, floating in air, allowing for transformation­ of an idea, of ourselves, of a community.

Binaries 두가지들 is the first single from the the album “Critical Magic 비평적 마술 ” out 21.10 on SPRINGSTOFF.

Concept, music and editing by HYENAZ
Styling by Yeorg Kronnagel with assistance from Thea Adora
Filming by Robert Mleczko with assistance from Linus Ignatius
Mixing by HYENAZ and Bartłomiej Kuźniak at Studio333
High Definition Mastering by Bartłomiej Kuźniak at Studio333
Filmed at Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Inspired by Tasman Richardson’s Jawa Technique

The music for Critical Magic emerged from the site specific performance “Spectral Rite” at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; in collaboration with the artists Sylbee Kim and Nico Pelzer .

Thanks to Quecke Autonomous Feminist Community for providing the space to conceive the Spectral Rite performance and record the Critical Magic album.

Critical Magic is our attempt to engage critically with ritual in order to set intentions about changing both our selves in the world and the worldly structures of which we are a part.

Critical Magic Staging IV: Pine Forest

This ritual staging contains a section of the track Centering 모이기 from the forthcoming HYENAZ album Critical Magic 비평적 마술 . Official release date is 21 October 2016 on SPRINGSTOFF.

Concept, music, styling, filming and editing of this staging by: HYENAZ hyenaz.com
Mixing by HYENAZ and Bartłomiej Kuźniak at Studio333
High Definition Mastering by: Bartłomiej Kuźniak at Studio333.

The music for Critical Magic emerged from the site specific performance “Spectral Rite” at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; in collaboration with the artists Sylbee Kim (sylbeekim.net) and Nico Pelzer (nicolaspelzer.de).

Thanks to Quecke Autonomous Feminist Community (quecke.net) for providing the space to conceive the Spectral Rite performance and record the Critical Magic album. HYENAZ returned to the original recording space at Quecke in order to film this staging.

Critical Magic is our attempt to engage critically with ritual in order to set intentions about changing both our selves in the world and the worldly structures of which we are a part.

notes on improvement after masseria jesse

– circle should be breadcrumbs or sand. something soft so we don’t end up having to move it / destroy it.

– at some point i looked over at crevette and she was covered in blue makeup. stunning. i enjoyed so much incorporating her child body into our space. allowing her to do everyones makeup.

– provide the resource of pen and paper

– the prequel of the dinner chat with the warm up explanation, the physical warmup, the walking and the stretching, the writing warmup, committed to memory. all of this was extremely effective. we all came into the body much more together and were all participating more together than any other workshop.

– we have to think and plan more carefully for how to communicate across language barriers.

– how do we act more spontaneously and incorporate context better when it comes to the eight directions? 

– how can we encourage more people to participate ahead of time with their intentions?

immediate post-praxis notes

there are some things that we all do as humans: breathe, for example. consume food. i say this to make clear that there are some elements we may gravitate to – as humans – elements we may be drawn to. the mystery or beauty of animals, for example, or breathing together. chanting. we are not trying to mimic any particular tradition but rather move from impulse, move from the zero moment we find inside our bodies. it may mirror some of the impulses of others. given the long history of humanity we have, it would be tragic if we limited or censored each other by scoffing … that we are mimicking each other if and when we do the same things. there is, after all, so much we all do that is the same.

would i say that you copy if you were to breathe? and so many civilizations, so many humanities, cultures, central ideas, traditions, ways of being and rites of passage are same or similar. Remarkably there are so many ways we mirror each other, cross culturally, before trade, before globalization. before silk road. how ? why? because we are drawn to ritual, to certain instincts that lay within them. And yes, further, we cross-pollinate, re-combine. This bothers “us” – even the trendiness of RITUAL at present in the western world. But what of it? Ritual can, has been, and always will be owned and utilized by all of us.  –  alfabus

notes from show. Vancouver.

i still feel as though there needs to be a formula for creating a space of solace, a clearing. but this is something “ideal” that maybe is an illusion. maybe this needs to be done not at night but during the day. perhaps people need to sign up the way they would a workshop. then again, the point is to attract people who people who would be attending a concert for 5 bucks, not people who pay for workshops.

there were many who came up to me afterwards and said they felt that they had been pushed (in a good way) or unlocked (as well, in a good way) towards linking with strangers. finding something new within themselves. this is all we can really ask for. i felt, as i always do, insecure after the show, critical of my own performance, afraid that some had left or felt unwelcome or turned off. i would like to hear from those people … the why and the criticism and the lack of unity.  – alfabus