Kassem Mosse

Sunday, Jan 26, 2020, 9 pm

Event on site
Free admission


Gunnar Wendel (lives in Leipzig) works as a DJ and electronic dance music producer under the moniker Kassem Mosse. In 2007, his first single Zolarem was released on the label Mikrodisko, which emerged from a queer party collective in Leipzig run by Wendel and his friends. The EP Enter the Fog followed in 2012, a collaboration with producer Omar-S released on the latter’s label FXHE, which is based in Detroit, considered the birthplace of techno. In 2014, Kassem Mosse released his debut album Workshop 19 on the German label Workshop. Two more albums followed shortly afterwards: Disclosure (in 2016 on Honest Jon’s Records, London) and Chilazon Gaiden (in 2017 on Wendel’s own label Ominira).

Kassem Mosse’s musical work unfolds along the boundaries of various musical subgenres. Stylistically located between techno and house, yet independent of the typical Berlin club sound, Mosse develops driving electronic beats that are characterized by spherical elements. Mossem is also known for his use of sound clashes that interrupt the flow of his tracks and heighten the rawness of the sound. Disturbing noises, interruptions, and excursions into other genres are among the stylistic means with which he abstracts his sound.

Kassem Mosse performs in diverse contexts worldwide – from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to the West Harlem club in Kyoto. He often collaborates with other artists, such as the musician Mix Mup as the duo MM/KM, or as Dillon Wendel, a collaboration with the British musician and artist Beatrice Dillon. He has created numerous performance and video soundtracks for the artist Hito Steyerl, including her video installation Factory of the Sun, which Steyerl created for the German pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. On the occasion of Hito Steyerl’s exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Kassem Mosse will play a live performance in which he continues his musical engagement with the artist and her works.