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Sub-botnick (Ahmet Öğüt & Maru Mushtrieva): “Subotnick presents subbotnik by Sub-botnick”

Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 6.30 pm – 7 pm

Introduction: Moritz Wesseler, director Fridericianum Subsequently: Lecture by Ahmet Öğüt (in English)

The name of the artistic duo Sub-botnick (Ahmet Öğüt, born in Diyarbakır, Turkey in 1989 & Maru Mushtrieva, born in Kysyl-Syr, Russia in 1985) is derived from two similar sounding yet completely contrary terms: from the Russian word “subbotnik”, which describes the initially voluntary but later often imposed civilian national service in the Eastern bloc, and from Morton Subotnick, an American pioneer of electronic music and founding member of CalArts. In their interventions, Ahmet Öğüt and Maru Mushtrieva mix psychedelic, retrofuturistic, and synthie punk, occasionally reinterpreting old folk instruments, adding visual commentary, or revising politically censored songs. After the concert, Ahmet Öğüt will place the performance in the context of his socially and politically oriented artistic practice.

In cooperation with the Kasseler Dokfest, this year’s DokfestForum is offering screenings, artist talks, performances, and concerts that broaden the festival’s thematic focus on the intersection between art and film. The practices of the invited artists, hailing from Israel, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia, stand out with their individual approaches to the medium of film.