Phantom Kino Ballett is an audiovisual drama created by Amsterdam-Cologne-based collaborators Lena Willikens and Sarah Szczesny. An assemblage of performance, installation, soundtrack and video, the work gathers and distributes sonic, optical, and experiential references widely and to delirious effect.
For Commend See, the Ballett’s tactility and collectability are expanded. An artist edition of 15 vinyl pieces and 300 cassettes capture two alternate takes of its soundtrack, with paper materials commemorating its character. The cassette edition includes a 40-minute addendum called “Passage Transkript,” a soundscape created by Willikens & Szczesny inspired by their time in Kyoto, Japan in the fall of 2017. Purchase at the shop.
All proceeds from this release will be donated to agisra e.V., a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of migrant women and against sexual and racist violence. agisra is based in Cologne, Germany, and was chosen by Lena and Sarah.
This labor day weekend, RVNG/Commend is joining efforts to support Houston. We’ll be collecting goods (mini toiletries, dental hygiene essentials, first aid items, pads & tampons, diapers, socks & underwear) to send via the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association. We’ll also be donating 10% of the weekend’s sales at Commend to Harvey relief. Thank you to our friends Rachel Barnhart (Soap Library) and Lauren Willson (who will be donating 100% of proceeds from her Salve sales in-store) for activating this effort!
while we realize there are so many causes to consider right now, we hope our Kickstarter initiative inspires your support. we’ve gradually evolved Commend to accommodate our community, now we quicken the pace. the structural improvements we seek to fund found a better ground to connect w/ you, and w/o you we are lost. we look forward to sharing more about co-mend commend in this virtual space, and seeing you in our real space soon.
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sharing a piece of the newest Commend See exchange ~ Melanie Velarde, Cerberus spirit of the temporal, fashions ten anthropological sensory excursions as Parcel, the aural component to Christin Ripley’s metaphysical marble dye practice.
stream the title track below and join us for an in-person / personal exchange on December 15 at Commend. Melanie will perform live amongst new prints and projections from Christin.
we’ll have copies of the cassette and LP editions of Parcel on hand, too.
pleased to announce the next edition in our Commend See series – a collaboration between Osaka, Japan musician 7FO and Brooklyn, NY visual artist Nick Ozgunay. wade through “Forest of Old Cloth” above / below, grab the cassette album.
we’ll celebrate the collaboration with an event @ Commend next Thursday, October 6 by offering both cassette and artist LP editions of Water Falls Into A Blank, installing a new burn piece by Ozgunay, and enjoying the sounds of Jen Monroe of Listen To This.