Hamburger Bahnhof celebrates Berlin’s electronic music culture on twelve summer evenings from 16 June to 31 August 2023 with the open-air concert series “Berlin Beats” in the museum’s garden. The music of the Berlin artists ranges from experimental sound to hard beats and reflects the vibrancy of the city. Ellen Allien will kick things off on Friday, 16 June with a DJ set and the premiere of the video work “After Dark”. The following events will take place every Thursday from 7 to 10 pm until 31 August. Admission to the events is free.
Fig. above: Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart. Credits Staatliche Museen zu Berlin David von Becker
Friday, 16 June 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Ellen Allien, DJ, artist and curator, is an icon of her time and a pioneer of techno. She is behind the events bpitch community, UFO Inc. and We Are Not Alone. The video work “After Dark” by Allien and Stini Roehrs, which negotiates the club as a place of tolerance, diversity, performance, extravagance, anonymity and fragility, will premiere at Rieckhallen and can be seen until 18 June. The event and screening are part of the admission-free weekend “Open House. Open House Days“.
Thursday, 22 June 2023, 7 to 10 pm
David Lieske is a visual artist, DJ, producer and label owner. As a DJ, under the alias Carsten Jost, he developed his music from initially haunting, fragile techno to more melodic deep house.
Thursday, 29 June 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Métaraph‘s musical journeys testify to a multidisciplinary understanding that combines rave with conceptual ambition.
Thursday, 6 July 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Rouge Mécanique‘s musical imprint is through punk, cold wave, and psychedelic bands from his youth, coupled with a classical piano education. His music shows a creative openness, with influences such as African acid, fashion and film.
Thursday, 13 July 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Aérea Negrot enchants with incredible presence. She combines technoid grooves with abstract pop and a sonorous voice.
Thursday, 20 July 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Venetta draws from a variety of genres, taking a bold yet provocative approach, fusing techno and electro to global club and rap. Her style is climactic, often full of dissociative sensations and with frequently changing tempos.
Thursday, 27 July 2023, 7 to 10 pm
As a composer and founder of the 99CHANTS label, David August deals with music on a social and metaphysical level. He explores its diversity through collaborations, multidisciplinary live shows or eclectic DJ sets.
Thursday, 3 August 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Ariel William Orah (soydivision) a.k.a ravenative works primarily with performance and sound art. His work explores the conditions of art practices in relation to social and climate issues.
Thursday, 10 August 2023, 7 to 10 pm
The sets of musician, producer and media artist Orson Sieverding are unmistakably influenced by dub, the rhythm, bass and sound of London’s soundsystem culture and its Caribbean influences. Versed in all tempos and with great dedication, he sends his audience on a journey from the lowest frequencies to the highest heights.
Thursday, 17 August 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Hüma Utku is a composer and music artist who cannot be assigned to any genre. Rather, combined with her psychology studies, she tells stories about the human condition with electronic music.
Saturday, 26 August 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Oda Haliti is a formative figure in the Balkan electronic music scene. She masterfully combines disco, techno and acid with experimental industrial electronica, developing her own distinctive style. The event takes place as part of the Long Night of Museums.
Thursday, 31 August 2023, 7 to 10 pm
Cedrik Fermont acts in multiple roles – from composer, musician, author, scientist and curator, to radio host – as a mouthpiece for noise, improvised, electronic and experimental music worldwide.
Admission to the “Berlin Beats” events is free, no registration necessary. The restaurant at Hamburger Bahnhof offers a changing street food and drinks menu in the garden. To kick off on Friday, 16 June 2023, on the occasion of the weekend “Open House. Open House Days“, admission is also free to all exhibitions until 10 pm. On the other dates, the exhibitions are open until 8 pm and can be accessed with a valid museum ticket.
Curated by Kristina Schrei, research assistant Hamburger Bahnhof, and coordinated by Angelika Jaros.
Programme partners of the BERLIN 2023 CULTURAL SUMMER FESTIVAL
Hamburger Bahnhof – National Gallery of Contemporary Art
Opening: Ellen Allien will kick things off on Friday, 16 June 2023 with a DJ set and the premiere of the video work “After Dark”.
Dates: Friday, 16 June – Thursday, 31 August 2023; every Thursday from 7 to 10 pm.