Nik Nowak
SOUND(ING) SYSTEMS performance and symposium
KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany


An exciting interactive program to compliment and expand Nik Nowak’s installation Schizo Sonics currently exhibiting at Berlin’s KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art. It consists of a one-day symposium and three live performances from 20.03.2021 until 24.04.21, all events can be streamed on United We Stream, please check individual events bellow for links.

SOUND(ING) SYSTEMS examines the history of the Cold War through the Lautsprecherkrieg (Loudspeaker War) and the Studio am Stacheldraht (Studio at the Barbed Wire) in Berlin.

The program focuses on the surprising political entanglements of Jamaican and Korean sound systems in the global struggle between the great powers fighting for ideological influence; the controversial use of acoustic weapons in Cuba as well as the politicization of subcultural movements.

A critical analysis of the ideological demands made on sound systems separate to the Cold War, examining the global transformations of sound system cultures.


Symposium: The Cold War Continuum: The Role of Sound Systems in the Vibrational Delusions of Sonic Warfare
March 20, 2021, 12 pm – 8.30 pm (link for stream)
A symposium designed and moderated by Jessica Edwards.
Participants: Prof. Louis Chude-Sokei, Sarah Farina, Dr. Kerstin Meißner, Dr. Steve Goodman, Nik Nowak,
Martin Kowalski, Bill Scannell and Sebastien Carayol

Performance I: A War of Decibels: Schizo Sonics live
March 21, 2021, 8 pm – 9 pm (link for stream)
Performance with Nik Nowak, Jessica Edwards, Infinite Livez, Konstantin Tschechow and Moritz Stumm

Performance II: From a Whisper to a Riot
April 10, 2021, 8 pm – 10 pm (link for stream)
Performance with DJ Uta, Sarah Farina und Perera Elsewhere

Performance III: Crossing Borders
April 24, 2021, 8 pm – 10 pm (link for stream)
Performance with DJ Scotch Rolex with Lord Spikeheart and Shin Hyo Jin

SOUND(ING) SYSTEM was created under the artistic direction of Nik Nowak, technical direction Endre Ketzel, project management Elke Moltrecht and implemented in cooperation with the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin. The symposium was designed by Jessica Edwards.