Berlin-based Ukrainian artist Anton Kats and New York-based musicians Takuya Nakamura, Olivia Lucy Phillip, and Matt Evans will do a short term performance-residency at 1014 with a project tracing the relationship between transmigration and music through collaborative readings, improvisations, listening sessions, storytelling, and cosmic relationality and invites the audience to unlearn predetermined relational models during a public concert.
If Life Has an End, Why Wouldn’t Death? is an immersive public performance that culminates the ensemble’s fleeting time together while materializing their shared research and ideas into visual, musical, and sonic elements.
The newly formed ensemble will inhabit a temporary studio at 1014, with Anton Kats and New York-based musicians, Takuya Nakamura, Olivia Lucy Phillip, and Matt Evans, who will co-create a series of performances and interventions during the residency. This latest iteration of the project emerges in response to the military invasion of Ukraine. It traces the relationship between transmigration and music through collaborative readings, improvisations, listening sessions, storytelling, and cosmic relationality and invites the audience to unlearn predetermined relational models.
Grounded Outer Space People is in residency at 1014 in June 2023. This nomadic music ensemble and artist residency is conceived by Berlin-based artist Anton Kats and is orchestrated by the semi fictional musician and storyteller ILYICH.
This project is inspired by the complex narratives of Satellite Island, the artist’s hometown, in the southern Ukrainian port city of Kherson. Kats’s artistic trajectory is informed by the urgencies and pragmatics of legalization, as he sought asylum in Germany in the early aughts. His practice explores the conditions of migration, ranging from concrete political struggle to transmigration, as a playful mode of figuring out the poetics of displacement.
ILYICH and Grounded Outer Space People is curated by Kari Conte and Benjamin Bergner.
Date and Time: June 9th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: 1014 Fifth Ave, New York, New York, 10028