Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty · Woven All of Dream and Error

Hošek Contemporary, Berlin · September 11.–15., 2024

Layering machine-hallucinated sound on remnants of the built environment

Woven All of Dream and Error is an exhibition presenting a collection of films, images, and sounds that consider the overlap of two areas of the history of technology: the sites of abandoned railway lines, and the emergence of machine learning — or what has popularly come to be referred to as artificial intelligence.

The exhibition, which takes its title from a poem written in 1918 by the Portuguese modernist Fernando Pessoa, investigates the artistic and practical implications of the overlap of these two technologies.

The exhibition presents a series of walks, undertaken by the artists, along the paths of now-disused railway routes. In these walks, the artists carry portable speakers, playing the sound of machine-learning-generated audio of invented trains: sound that has been hallucinated by contemporary computational technology, and which is juxtaposed with the remains of disappearing layers of the built environment.

These walks are materially presented as a series of interlocking short films, with accompanying image grids and maps. The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist book and a series of unique lathe-cut records — further details are given below.

Woven All of Dream and Error will be presented at Hošek Contemporary, the unique Berlin art space housed on a repurposed barge in the river Spree, in September 2024.

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Woven All of Dream and Error · Video still

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Woven All of Dream and Error · Video still

Vernissage
Thursday, 12. September 2024 · 7pm
Finissage
Sunday. 15. September, 2024 · 7pm
Exhibition dates
Wednesday, 11. September – Sunday, 15. September, 2024 · 12 noon to 9pm daily
Please note that these dates also include a preview day on Wednesday, September 11., the day before the Vernissage
Location
Hošek Contemporary, Fischerinsel, Berlin · Google Maps · Apple Maps · Open Street Map
Support
The presentation of Woven All of Dream and Error at Hošek Contemporary is part of Zeitgeist Irland 24, an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Germany, and has been supported and assisted by Adam Audio · See further details below

About the artists

Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty have worked as a collaborative duo since 2011; they live and work in Berlin.

Their work combines elements of durational and time-based art, minimalist movement, and electroacoustic music and sound. They are interested in processes, sounds, and movements that come close to imperceptibility, and the ways in which this material can be transformed through repetition, patterning, layering, and archiving.

Their work has previously been exhibited and presented at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Serralves Museum, Porto; National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiado), Lisbon; Ars Electronica, Linz; Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin; and Digital in Berlin’s Kiezsalon series, Berlin, among others.


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Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty

About the space

Established in 2016, Hošek Contemporary is a gallery, performance space and art residency located on a historical boat in Mitte, Berlin. The focus is primarily on performing arts, site-specific installations and experimental sound works. The gallery hosts weekly improvised music sets, providing musicians an opportunity to showcase their sound skills to a Berlin audience.


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Hošek Contemporary · Photo by Christian Hinz

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All images below can be freely used under the terms of a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Please direct any questions or requests for clarifications to the contacts listed below.

Press release Press release in English [PDF] · Press release in German [PDF]
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Contacts

  • Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty · Email:
  • Petr Hošek, Hošek Contemporary · Email:

Support

The presentation of Woven All of Dream and Error at Hošek Contemporary is presented as part of Zeitgeist Irland 24, an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Germany.

The presentation of Woven All of Dream and Error at Hošek Contemporary is part of the Month of Contemporary Music Berlin, initiated by Neue Musik e.V. / field notes berlin.