As a specific focus within music, I aim to express the fluidity of human life, experiences and emotions through digitally-produced music: I am to embody or disrupt the analogies digital = emotionless / real = emotional, fluid/fixed, binary/non-binary, therefore extending my framework also to gender-related issues and self-representation.
How can technologies fully incorporate and represent emotions and complexity of expression? Can digital binary tools be used to explore fluidity? Can artists use digital spaces as places to promote inclusivity and freedom of being while defying normative codes?
As I use technology extensively within my practice I aim to challenge and explore the use of digital tools and what implications they have on my production.
Music is for me a tool to produce change and propose an alternative to a straight white male-dominated electronic music scene, leaving space to new forms of expressions.
Irene Cassarini04 februari 1995
- Artist statement; wat is je specialisme, wat maakt jouw werk uniek?
As a music producer, DJ and curator I explore the intersections between art and political/social activism, especially in queer communities. Musically, my framework is within avant-garde electronic music and "deconstructed club", channeling my own experiences and emotions through sounds while combining club-culture, technological research and queer theories to develop my artistic and professional practice.
- Wat zijn je ambities? Wat wil je over vijf jaar bereikt hebben?
My ambition is to create a new state of the art where communal spaces like clubs can be open to everyone regardless of race, ability or sexual orientation and that artists can be an agent of socio-political change through collective and community-driven actions. With my music and as the artistic director of "Queer in Wonderland" I want to contribute to societal change through art, which the most noble way to bring like-minded people together.
- Wat is het belangrijkste dat je hebt geleerd tijdens je studie?
I learned to reflect and talk about my work, by doing research and being inspired by the work of other artists. Then, translating those inputs in my own practice made me more aware of the artistic context I wanted to be active in. In this way, I was able to build my personal approach to creativity and build a more solid career.
- Overzicht van publicaties / exposities / prijzen / concerten / voorstellingen etc.
"Ugly Bathroom Selfies" (independent release) – May 2020
"Mobile Energy" (Bene Tlexilax / Lobster Theremin Records) – October 2018
13 February - 19 July 2020: “Untraced/Untitled” (2020) - Two commissioned compositions for the installation ‘Queering the City: A Sono-Orientation’, curated by Katayoun Arian. The installation is part of the exhibition ‘Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales’, curated by Ethel Baraona Pohl at Matadero - Centro de Creaciòn Contemporanea, in Madrid (ES).
March - Decemeber 2020: Artistic Residency at Creative Coding Utrecht around the topic of “Feminist Machines”, exploring gender, technology and queer theories related to data sets and machine learning.
15 February 2020: Lecture in the panel “Art as research”, hosted by Creative Coding Utrecht at Pieter Baan Centrum, Utrecht (NL). Topic: The influence of digital culture, shared online spaces, gender and technology in the creation of the audiovisual work “Queering the Digital Space”.
18 October 2019: Guest speaker at ADE University panel “Girls to the Front”, with journalist Holly Dicker and artists Know V.A., Malin Kolbrink and Nick Hoppezak, in Amsterdam (NL).
Topic: Hardcore’s rising “new school” and barriers preventing more women, LGBTQ+ and other minority groups from entering the scene.
10 June 2020 - Guest DJ on Stranded FM radio for WAS., Utrecht.
28 May 2020 - DJ set at Warehouse Elementsraat, Amsterdam (NL) (+ Mark Knekelhuis, Animistic Beliefs, Know V.A.)
29 February 2020 - Symbyosys at Sexyland, Amsterdam (NL) (+ Yre Den, Yoong, Zgjim, Bby Eco).
15 February 2020 - A/V “Queering the Digital Space” at Uncloud Festival in Utrecht (NL), (+ Dis Fig, NSDOS, Object Blue).
23 January 2020 – Whitespace at OT301 in Amsterdam (NL) (+ Fis, djb, Anni Nöps, Jonathan Castro).
14 January 2020 - Guest DJ for Strange Days on Red Light Radio in Amsterdam (NL), hosted by Know V.A.
8 November 2019 - Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht (NL).
2 November 2019 - Overdrive in Utrecht (NL) (+ Giant Swan, Stranger, Mad Miran). 26 October 2019 - Premiere of A/V performance “Queering the Digital Space” at roBOt Festival in Bologna (IT) (+ Alessandro Cortini, Afrodeutsche, Donato Dozzy, Interstellar Funk).
9 September 2019 - The Current in Utrecht (NL) (+ Lechuga Zafiro, Alternative Alignment, Luke Cohelen).
9 June 2019 - Live foley and sound design for the silent movie “Wings” (1927) at Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam (NL).
10 March 2019 - Opening act for Kedr Livanskiy at Garage Noord in Amsterdam (NL).
26 October 2018 - Premiere of A/V live performance for the opening of the “Italo Calvino” cultural center in Calderara di Reno (IT). 18 October 2018 - Opening act for How To Dress Well at s105 De School in Amsterdam (NL).