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Press Release: February 2012

Let The Sun Shine In — The Berlin Sessions brightened up the grey Berlin Winter.

In late January the artist and musician Lionel Williams, a California sun-child, left his golden shores behind to join the Mindpirates to share his stunning artwork and to come together with a musical community for a seven-night series of one-off jam sessions.

Over the course of a week, at Let The Sun Shine In — The Berlin Sessions, a great pool of musicians and artists were invited to jam with Lionel Williams to create stunning improvisational sounds over seven sessions. From gong master Jens Zygar to rock goddess Verity Susman (Electrelane founder) to electronic musician Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) and Jochen Arbeit (Einsturzende Neubaten), the mix was surely eclectic. Other featured musicians and artists included Manfred Kage, Raz Ohara and the Odd Orchestra, Annika Henderson & Nick Henderson aka Anika, Hermione Frank aka rRoxymore, Valerie Renay from Noblesse Oblige, Brian Mitchell, Miguel De Pedro aka Kid 606, Infinite Livez, Michel Morin aka Sneak-Thief, Mindpirates and Antaeus Roy aka Lando Kal.

Over one thousand visitors came to the Mindpirates Projektraum to take part in the nightly jam sessions. Together we realized something special and the space pulsed with good vibes and warm music over the course of the week.

Every session ended with an open stage. Members of the audience were invited to cross the boundary between performer, musician and audience member. We sought to create a space where everyone could share, interact, connect, feed off each other’s vibe, add to the jam and become a part of the experience. Some of the most amazing moments of the sessions occurred when members of the audience took part by picking up an instrument, singing out and joining the jam.

Now, Lionel Williams has taken off to Seoul, Korea, where he has been invited to show his work at the Platoon Kunsthalle.

The Mindpirates Projektraum continues exhibiting “Let the Sun Shine In” for one more week. Lionel’s psychedelic collage work is on display on a space lit only by the glow of candles. His work — inspired by the Middle East, mysticism and spirituality — provides the perfect counterpoint to the cold, grey days outside. On display there are also the documentary films of the 7 Berlin Sessions which provide a glimpse into the magic that occurred.

The Mindpirates Projektraum is an exciting new endeavour and will continue to be a site for artistic experimentation.

The details …
“Let the Sun Shine In” the exhibition, opened until Saturday 18th February 2012

Mindpirates Projektraum
Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 7pm
Schlesische Strasse 38, 3rd Hinterhof

Finissage and Mindpirates Living Room, Fri 17th from 10pm in the Mindpirates Vereinsheim. Featuring a DJ set by Noblesse Oblige.



Press Release: January 2012

Mindpirates celebrate
the artist and musician Lionel Williams
Let the Sun Shine In — The Berlin Sessions
22 – 28 January 2012

Berlin, January. Cold … wet … dark … isolation. And a whole lot of nothing going on. One either grins and bears the temporary depression or packs up a melancholic soul and escapes. The long-looming year 2012 has already become our current calendar. The countdown is on. Where do we go next? What will happen? Will the world end? Will it go irreparably mad? All the omens! Will Capitalism fall? Will Berlin stay Berlin? Will we ever see blue sky again?

Flash back to last autumn: Sunny California. LA. A screening of the Mindpirates film, Problema at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. The Mindpirates and artist Lionel Williams met for the first time. They talked and talked for hours in a parking lot behind the cinema. Before they knew it, they were jamming in a tiny wooden house. 6 by 6 feet. Lionel’s daily recording studio. They got lost, thrown into the music, tripping through a universe of sound. They fell in love, making plans for things to come. They parted, vowing to meet and jam again, next time in Berlin.

Lionel William’s art, his bright, imaginative world of colors, forms and mystical sensationalism is an exploration into the ancient wisdom and sacred locations of Egyptian priests, Sufi mystics, Indian philosophers, Mexican healers, Asian Buddhists, occultists and many more of the planet’s religious and visionary peoples.

His music is an attempt at creating “sonic matrices,” which are combinations of sounds that beneficially affect the body. The effects are released at the points where frequencies intersect, where certain tones, chords, and patterns come together to tap into the human psyche.

The Mindpirates will celebrate with Lionel Williams, a hippie sun child from California, during the greyest of days of Berlin winter 2012. He is invited to share his stunning artwork — collages on paper and film — and to come together with a musical community for a seven-night series of one-off jam sessions. For each of these seven nights a great pool of musicians and artists has been invited, like Raz Ohara and the Odd Orchestra, Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Verity Susman (Electrelane), Manfred Kage, Jens Zygar, Valerie Renay (Noblesse Oblige), Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum, Miguel De Pedro aka Kid 606, Infinite Livez, Sergei, Anika (Annika Henderson), Hopek Quirin, Sneak-Thief and more.

During the course of the week, all the musicians will join and jam with Lionel Williams and the Mindpirates, leading a trip into the undefined beautiful nowhere.

Let The Sun Shine In — The Berlin Sessions will happen from 22 – 28 January 2012 at Mindpirates based at the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin, Kreuzberg. Here, the Mindpirates are ready to debut their newest endeavor: the Mindpirates Projektraum and Mindpirates Auditorium. After two years of running the Mindpirates Vereinsheim, where they’ve held many events — film screenings, exhibitions, concerts, performances and celebrations — the Mindpirates are thrilled and delighted to share this new space and all its future moments with you.

CALENDAR OF THE BERLIN SESSIONS:

Sunday, January 22:
6 to 8pm: Vernissage Let The Sun Shine In Mindpirates Projektraum
8 to 12pm: Session 1 – Lionel Williams, Jens Zygar, Manfred Kage & Special Guests (Mindpirates Auditorium)

Monday, January 23:
8 to 12pm: Session 2 – Lionel Williams, Raz Ohara and The Odd Orchestra (Mindpirates Projektraum)

Tuesday, January 24:
8 to 12pm – Session 3: Lionel Williams, Sergei & Nick Henderson and Annika Henderson aka Anika (Mindpirates Projektraum)

Wednesday, January 25:
8 to 12pm – Session 4: Lionel Williams, Jochen Arbeit from Einstürzende Neubauten, Hopek Quirin & Valerie Renay from Noblesse Oblige (Mindpirates Projektraum)

Thursday, January 26
8 to 12pm – Session 5: Lionel Williams, Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum & Miguel De Pedro aka Kid 606 (Mindpirates Projektraum)

Friday, January 27:
9pm to 1am – Session 6: Lionel Williams, Infinite Livez aka Vinnie Tifeilz & Verity Susman (founder of Electrelane)

Saturday, January 28:
10 pm to close – Session 7: Lionel Williams, The Mindpirates, Michel Morin aka Sneak-Thief & You! (Mindpirates Vereinsheim)

THE EXHIBITION

“Let The Sun Shine In”, the exhibition will be on view from January 22 until February 18, 2012 in the Mindpirates Projektraum.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, from 1pm – 7pm
The publication Let The Sun Shine In (color, 64 pages) has been created especially for this project.

For more information:
Please contact Pauline Doutreluigne at pauline@mindpirates.org
or visit mindpirates.org/theberlinsessions

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