Author Archives: Sz.Berlin

About Sz.Berlin

Sz.Berlin (Schmerzzentrum Berlin) is a London-based cultural intervention force formed in 2007. It draws inspiration from German and European historical, cultural & ideological sources. It takes particular inspiration from the hidden history of electronic music research in the DDR, as well as from East German design culture and the Warsaw Pact. More recently, it has engaged with Irish history and continues to develop its sound and aesthetic. Sz. Berlin has performed at several London nights including Ill FM At The Others, Klub V.E.B. and Noise=Noise. It has also performed on location in Bosnia and Ireland. In May 2011 the group participated in the Konjic Biennale with installations and a performance in the former Yugoslav command bunker. See the Biennale website for further information on the bunker and the installations page for more details of the Sz. Berlin works featured. Following a pause Sz. Berlin re-emerged in 2013 with a London live action and a new video. Sz. Berlin also commissioned a thematic compilation based on the history of East Germany and this was issued in October 2014 by the label VEB89. Studio work continued in 2015, resulting in the release of a new digital track. Following a period of intensive historical research and a/v production and editing Sz. Berlin re-emerged in summer 2016 to participate in 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale in Ireland. Future plans include a London live performance and the release of both new and archive recordings. For press, performance or installation enquiries please contact sz.berlin[at]ymail.com

Sz. Berlin plays at Iklectik, London, 17.5.17

We can now announce our next London show, scheduled for 17th May. This will include a premiere of our material composed for our appearance aboard M.S. Stubnitz at the Primal Uproar festival. Our guests are Jose Macabra and Am Not, … Continue reading

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Kurs liegt an! Sz. Berlin plays Primal Uproar II on the Ms. Stubnitz!

By Benutzer:Gemo-netz – Benutzer:Gemo-netz, Attribution, Link Sz. Berlin is proud to participate in this major industrial/noise/techno festival aboard the legendary former DDR fishing vessel Ms. Stubnitz in Hamburg. Taking place between 30th June and 2nd July, the event features a … Continue reading

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An ambivalent farewell to an ambivalent year, produced using vintage equipment from the Cold War era.

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Sz. Berlin at the 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale

In July we participated in this international event at The College of The Burren, Ballyvaughan, Éire. The video work Furchtbare Schönheit entstand (A Terrible Beauty is Born), a response to Irish history featured in the exhibition. The opening night events included the live action Stahlschwert 16, performed in … Continue reading

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New track: VSF 80

We have released a new digital track inspired by the 1980 Warsaw Pact exercise Waffenbrüderschaft 80.

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DDR60 Available Now!

VEB89 has now released the DDR60 compilation. Sz. Berlin’s track Nationalhymne 2009 will be remixed for separate release. The official trailer can be seen here:    

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DDR60 Announcement

In 2009 Sz. Berlin commissioned a series of artists to reflect on the 60th anniversary of the DDR. In accordance with a 5 year plan, this CDR compilation will now be released in time for the 65th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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