Omnified contributors Arian Bozorg, Paul Thomas, and Ariane Coloumbe reviewed events from the Red Bull Music Festival, which took place from Sept. 8 through Oct. 12, 2018. Read below for their reports on “Diggin’ in the Carts,” “Bass Union,” and “Open Funkhaus.”
The artistry of Janelle Monáe has always been a sight to behold, stretching back to the signature suit donned in the video of her first smash hit single “Many Moons” a decade ago to this year’s concept album, “Dirty Computer.” The artist’s recent appearance at the Red Bull Music Festival in Berlin was no exception.
“Reggae in Wedding,” which takes place on the last Thursday of each month, has become a staple in my monthly musical intake. For the past year, the event has been run by Black Mountain Sound System and co-hosted with Genys, both of whom have been DJing Jamaican-influenced music in different capacities for years.
Benjamin Kraemer, an international postdoctoral fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, usually jumps into Müggelsee to cool off after a game of beach volleyball. But a few weeks ago, he said, all swimming in the lake was banned: “There was a pretty intense cyanobacteria bloom.”
Damien Tran and Marion Jdanoff are two French artists who together make Palefroi, an art collective based in Berlin. The duo is currently exhibiting their first solo show in Germany at Urban Spree Galerie where they recently finished their residency. The exhibition, “Étalage,” showcases their experimentation and collaboration, encompassing all parts of their practice from drawing and painting to animation and sculpture.