CW#23 l SEASON 3 l A Desperate Vitality

CW#23 l SEASON 3 l A Desperate Vitality

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20 December 2023, Wednesday | Season 3, Episode 23

Apartment Project and online


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Organized by the Apartment Project Berlin and funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe


A Desperate Vitality


20:00 Live interpretations of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s «A Desperate Vitality» by Dafne Narvaez Berlfein, DuChamp, Ithaka and Seamus O’Donnell



The poem «A Desperate Vitality» by Pier Paolo Pasolini from 1964 is written in cutting rhythms that move up and down, full of allusions and quotations that change between absurdity and sadness. In their performance at «Chromatic Wednesdays», Dafne Narvaez Berlfein, DuChamp, Ithaka and Seamus O’Donnell circle around this poem interpreting it between words and metaphors, sounds images and screams.



Dafne Narvaez Berlfein is a Berlin-based film and video artist and researcher. With a focus on collaborative approaches and an intersectional perspective, her work spans multiple genres and media. Narvaez Berlfeins uses film, videotape field recordings, live video captures and modulated interventions to create audiovisual interpretations in dialog with composers, sound artists and performers and through DIY and DIWO (do it with others) approaches.


The focus of Ithaka’s work is on phonetic and performative experimentation. Ithaka uses self-alienated micro-poems by means of a Dadaist language reduced to the realm of gesture.


DuChamp is an Italian scientist, musician dedicated to drone music and curator based in Berlin. Her releases include the albums «Nar», «Sculpture» and «A Blazing World». Her drone compositions are made by layering sounds and noises to create her own kind of apophonies. DuChamp incorporates field recordings, baritone guitar, keyboard and accordion into her music, drawing on her own personal memories. She is co-founder of the Berlin tape label Kitchen Leg records and organizes DIY concerts at Villa Kuriosum. She curated the drone sound series Alpha Wave at Spektrum Berlin and was co-curator of Occultofest.


Seamus O’Donnell works with radio frequency experiments, manipulated field recordings, self-made devices, amplified objects, magnetic fields, no-input mixer, traditional instruments and the voice. Whatever the medium, improvisation remains the most important factor in his sounds.




«Chromatic Wednesdays» is a bi-weekly event series bringing together creative thinkers across diverse backgrounds. As part of this interdisciplinary program, the performance will begin at 20.00 (doors open at 19.30) at Apartment Project (Hertzbergstraße 13, 12055 Berlin) and can also be followed online on Youtube (


The space of the Apartment Project is accessible by wheelchair.