martina bertoni

Labor  Neunzehn is pleased to invite you to the fifth concert of this year’s Cluster series. The evening combines a concert and an experimental film screening, we hope you will join us, see you at KM28.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
Cluster #31 w/ Martina Bertoni and Experimental Film Screening.
Location: KM28 (
Karl-Marx Straße, 28
12043, Berlin, Neukölln




A. Film Screening Programme

by Rebecca BARON
2014 / b&w / sound / 1S / 29′ 00

DETOUR DE FORCE presents the world of thoughtographer Ted Serios, a charismatic Chicago bell hop who, in the mid-1960’s produced hundreds of Polaroid images from his mind. Constructed from 16 mm documentation of Serios’s sessions and audio recordings of Serios speaking with Dr. Jule Eisenbud, the Denver psychiatrist who championed his abilities, the film is more ethnography than biography, portraying the social and scientific environments in which Serios thrived. The film foregrounds the state of image and sound recording technologies of the period as essential to the emergence of Serios’s psychic photography. It is also a document of the filmmaker’s encounters with the archival materials themselves. The film enjoys a rich sound environment by Ernst Karel, Kyle Bruckmann and Guiseppe Ielasi.


Rebecca BARON (USA)
Rebecca Baron is a filmmaker, curator and educator based in Los Angeles. She is best known for her essay films that explore the changing nature of image-making and the construction of history. She is particularly interested in the politics of archives and in still photography’s relationship to the moving image. In collaboration with Doug Goodwin, she has most recently been investigating the roles and vicissitudes of AI, machine learning and database design in relation to cinematic expression.
Her award-winning films have screened widely at international film festivals and media venues including Documenta 12, New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute, Centre Pompidou, Anthology Film Archive, Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Viennale, Pacific Film Archive, Flaherty Film Seminar and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Major grants and fellowships include a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2007 Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a City of Paris Artist Fellowship. In 2010, the Austrian Film Museum presented a retrospective of her work. Her most recent film Detour de Force was awarded Best Experimental Film at Ann Arbor Film Festival and the festival prize at l’Age d’Or Film Festival.
Rebecca is co-curator of @SEA, a multi-disciplinary program at the Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles.
Rebecca has been on the faculty of California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video since 2000. She has also taught documentary and experimental film at Massachusetts College of Art, Harvard University and EICTV Cuba.

Film courtesy of Light Cone
Film screening curated by Valentina Besegher Scotti

B. Concert

Martina Bertoni »Chamber Reflections« 2023 (in progress)
Martina Bertoni | Cello and electronics

Her live-set explores the liminality of space-time perception through hypnotic, time-bending drones and melancholic voices of processed cellos. It features tracks from her previous releases and anticipations of new material from her new upcoming project »Chamber Reflections«, based on recorded journal of conversations between her instrument, anthropic environments and generative machines.

Martina Bertoni is an experimental cellist and composer. Her music channels emotional and physical depths, while exploring the liminal spaces between perception of space and sound, through recording and performing practices aimed to expand and challenge the listener’s experience. The core of her work is based on deconstructing the relationship with her own instrument by combining electronics and modern composition.
Classically trained cellist, Bertoni developed her research and practices around experimental and film music, for which her cello and her original works are featured in numerous records, works and soundtracks for films, series and documentaries.
After releasing two EPs in 2018 and 2019, she released her first full length album »All the ghosts are Gone« with the Icelandic label FALK in 2020, followed by the critically acclaimed Music for Empty Flats, released in 2021 by Karlrecords and listed by A Closer Listen among the 10 best Ambient Drone Albums of 2021.
At the beginning of 2023 she released her new album Hypnagogia with Karlrecords, once again to much critical praise.

Cluster is a new-music series devoted to the investigation of sound and notation, which provides musicians and composers with an exchange area in Berlin, at the crossroad of compositional and performance practices.

This concert for Cluster Series is generously supported by inm Berlin e.V

logoINMpics © 1. Sibylle Fendt Ostkreuz. 2. Rebecca Baron