Unground Phase 4, Stephen O'Malley concert, Manchester, 9 April 014
(video projected by Shantidas Riedacker/ALUK TODOLO)
More photos and videos from the UK tour here: http://www.ideologic.org/news/view/soma_live_photos_vid_glasgow_manchester_8_9_april_014_by_shantidas_riedacker

Unground 2014

Timing is everything. And the time is right, or very soon approaching. Can you feel it? It is rumbling in the ground. - Derrick Jensen.

The videos that we will present were filmed in London and Iceland between 2010 and 2014. Unground is an immersive video-and sound installation bursting with references to the mineral understructures of the modern metropolis, financial meltdowns, thawing glaciers, archaic caves and volcanic, arctic wastelands at the border of the inhabitable world.

Everything that we encounter in these films is vital and contagious. The video sequences in our installation constantly bleed into each other. There is a permanent spilling over of matter, form and content. Unground needs to be embraced as a whole. It's an invitation to feel, think and meditate the forces which have cut off human nature from the rest of nature. We believe that we have to transform feelings of alienation and cultural estrangement into sorcerous gestures of insurrection and to revalorise experiences of anger and discontent in order to face the threats of a civilization that is heading towards the abyss.

Unground is a black wind, a curse that infects and transforms whatever it encounters. Our art takes a stand back from today's anemic aesthetics and highresolution files. By applying volcanic dust and dirty ice directly onto the camera lens, we try to break the routines of contemporary art practices and fight the clean evil. The manipulation of the visual input creates zones of opacity and indiscernibility which pervert clear perception and comprehension. Nothing ever
reveals itself completely. And all things change.

Our civilisation has reached a crisis point. The surface of our planet has been profoundly transformed by economies of excess and capitalist consumerism. In the 21st century we are witnessing an unprecedented global awareness as such that everything, which is not human, is disappearing. There is no longer a safe, stable ground. We inhabit a world like a wound. Below the ground though, within the eternal and nocturnal reign of the deep earth, there's an inner core thriving with unfailing energy. A black sun constantly unleashing fire and unscalable power.
Hidden from our view, vast alchemical operations take place, within the bowels of the earth, which transmute and regenerate our planet. A deep subversion lies at the heart of our planetary being which escapes assimilation and acculturation.

Unground offers a manner of resistance and dissent from the empire of light. The videos of the installation point towards a way of being in a world beyond the limits of capitalist realism and open a gate to a dark and secret realm, charged with new freedoms and possibilities.

"Unground Phase 1" - Video-Loop
Filmed in London on 8 and 9 November 011 during the passage of Asteroid (308635) 2005 YU55.
Music by Jason van Gulick. Field recordings by Nadine Hilbert.

Black Thorns in the Black Box
Grimposium, Trve Kvlt Arts, Films, Sounds and Texts in Extreme Metal
Screening by Amelia Ishmael
11 April 11 2014
J. A. De Sève Cinema
Montreal, CAN

Unground Phase 1
Pixels of Paradise - Image et croyance // Image and Belief
9th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Liège, Belgium
Curator: Yannick Franck
15.03 > 25.05.2014
With Jason van Gulick

Unground, four-channel video and sound installation
With live music performance by Jason van Gulick
Haïdouc, Bourges, France
Opening: 26.04.2014

Unground Phases 6 & 7
With live music performance by Jason van Gulick
Magasin 4, Bruxelles, Belgique
6 May 2014

Unground Phases 6 & 7
Nuit Occulte, Théatre de Liège, Belgium
Curator: Yannick Franck
With live music performance by Jason van Gulick

Unground, ten-channel video and sound installation
Solo Show at The CubeSpace, Taipei, Taiwan
Curators: Amy Cheng, Kevin Muhlen
Opening: 12.09.2014

Transcendental Geology
Book, 165 x 240 mm, 144 pages

Unground at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain.

Tempestarii Screenings:

The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan
11 September 2014
Screening plus live music performance by Stephen O'Malley
Curators: Amy Cheng, Kevin Muhlen
CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan
27 February 2014, Kitakyushu Performance Arts Center
Lecture/workshop by Stephen O'Malley
Weight of the Mountains,
6 December 2013, University of Iceland Research Centre, Skagastrond, Iceland
Curator: Amelia Ishmael
Cine Rebis,
30 November 2013, Maus Hábitos, Porto Underground Film Festival, Portugal
Directors: Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais
Cine Rebis, 17 November 2013, The Horse Hospital, London Underground Film Festival, UK
Directors: Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais
Touch Of Noir Festival,
Oct-Nov 2013, CCR Opderschmelz, Dudelange, Luxembourg
Director: Danielle Igniti

Excerpts from the premiere screening of Tempestarii at CCR Opderschmelz, Dudelange, Luxembourg.