Originally from Paju South Korea, bela is a musician and a performance artist based in Berlin. They are known for electronic music performance merging pungmul – a Korean folk act rooted in agricultural traditions and linked to past social movements – and vocals inspired by extreme metal. bela shapes pungmul into the ritual for queer rage and grief with sub-heavy distortions and cries. Since moving to Berlin in the autumn of 2022, they have been announced as a participant of SHAPE+ Platform 23'-24'. Their releases include Guidelines (2021), 2020 (2021), and why are you so lost sweetie(2020). bela is a co-runner of Sorrow Club: a mixed event series spanning from music to non-music.
Kloxii Li (Kloh-shee-Lee) is a Chinese music producer/artist native in Hunan who operates across her adoptive hometown in Berlin. Her sound oscillates between leftfield experimental pop utilizing her vocalizations of creative bilingual writing and trip-hop/industrial beats with a foundation of ethereal soundscapes. Li’s productions have found their way into Tricky’s False Idols label, Lex Records, Sound Blanc by Modern Sky Records, as well as landing her an artist residency at Acud Macht Neu for Amplify Berlin with Marie Davidson. Kloxii also co-hosts her own radio show ‘Near Momentary’ with Hinako Omori on Worldwide FM and HKCR where they explore their roots through a variety of Asian music and poetry.
bela and Kloxxi are residents as part of the Beta x transmediale Residency programme.
For the residency, 暴洪野火机构 – a fictional agency established by bela and Kloxii – creates the context for their collaborative performance. Focusing on the production and dissemination of musical scores that respond to the anxieties of climate collapse and mass disintegration, the duo explores how the news and social media cycles of crises affect our emotional and psychological responses to them. Drawing inspiration from East Asian rain rituals and the duo’s witnessing of flash floods and wildfires in their homelands of South Korea and California, they question the atmosphere of never-ending doom, deconstructing and reorganising its patterns and rhythms.