Mindpirates

· Sunday July 6, 2014

Every time word spreads about the latest Mindpirates endeavour it's so vastly different to their last project that it makes it difficult to describe just what it is they do. In their multi-purpose space (which, while being in the very thick of Kreuzberg's after hours scene, is notoriously difficult to find) they've worked tirelessly to curate, promote and produce engaging works from visual and sonic mediums. In just four years they've been responsible for Berlin's first Art Porn Week, threw a party in the angular, awkward space inside an abandoned grain silo, and they dragged more than 100 musicians to an island outside of Berlin to play music for 24 hours straight (and subsequently made a film and exhibition about the experience). The latter is a major achievement given how hard it is to get four musicians in a room together to jam, let alone 100 on an island.

On a weekly basis they host challenging film nights and experimental music evenings (that frequently turn into impromptu club nights). Their exhibition space is frequented by some of Berlin's most fascinating visual artists. Upstairs, in their studio space, some of the city's most creative minds work beneath the cavernous ceiling of Ralf Schmerberg's atelier. Their latest project was a full-length feature shot at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, called What Difference Does It Make?. It starred Brian Eno, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder - not a bad cast.