Mental Force Festival

22 мая-23 мая, Studio67, Партизанский пр-т 2А

The first edition of Mental Force festival will happen on 22-23 MAY 2015 and will feature a world-known audio-visual duo –Robert Henke aka Monolake (DE) & Tarik Barri (NL/DE) as well as musicians and video artists from Belarus —  I/DEX, Alexei De Bronhe & Artemiy Kalinin, Pavel Ambiont & Solar Olga, Khmarun, Apex Sphere, TXYZ, Poltyshiny and Andrey Savitsky.

22nd of May (21:00-05:00) –  audio-visual performances.

23rd of May (16:00-20:00) –  lectures, workshops, artist talks.

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Mental Force – is a series of music and digital art festivals aimed to promote the contemporary electronic / digital culture by inviting the leading artists from Belarus and other European countries – musicians, live video artists and digital art experts. Mental Force will explore the synergy of sound & image, technological experiments and sublime aesthetics..

We aim not just to attract local audience to a foreign stars concert, but to re-set a high standard for international music events in Minsk and show once again that our artists are working in similar context and using common creative languages as their international peers. We want to remind that electronic music is not just about mindless entertainment – but is also an environment for technological and aesthetic research.

About Mental Force Festival participants

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Monolake live (DE) & Tarik Barri (NL)

Robert Henke is well known for his atmospheric techno project Monolake. He is a musician, professor of the Berlin University of the Arts and one of Ableton Live creators who helped to develop this revolutionary tool for electronic music live performances. Robert’s roots are in Berlin techno-underground of 1990s, but  he’s always in the vanguard of contemporary media-art. In the recent years he’s developing his 3D laser show Lumiere.

Tarik Barri is an architect, psychologist and audio-designer by education, who creates complex 3D graphics using his own software tools. Tarik has worked with Atoms For Peace , Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar, and is collaborating with Robert Henke for several years already, creating experimental audio-video shows and multimedia installations.

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At their Mental Force performance  Robert and Tarik will perform an impressive show – futuristic techno interspersed by broken rhythms and realtime visuals will add up to an audio-visual synesthesy. Robert will play his new Monolake album material that will be released in 2016.


 “Laserlove Townsheeps”- Live-Cinema Performance (Premiere!)

Electronic musician and film-maker Alexei De Bronhe and video-artist Artemiy Kalinin will present their live-cinema project “Laserlove Townsheeps”  – techno-film edited live from the footage made in Berlin last summer. This is a story about two people with extraordinary abilities, who shun the society. They drift around the cities and get their powers from buildings with mystical energy.

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This live techno-film has been showed only once yet – at Live Cinema Festival 2014 in Rome. The Belarusian premiere will happen at Mental Force festival.


I/DEX – Audio Visual Live Performance

Another premiere! I/DEX (Vitaly Harmash), emotional glitch wizard will not just play music but will program his own visuals this time. His sublime, deep and volumetric sound is noted by listeners all over the world and critics from The WIRE, AdNoiseam, Indeville, Milk Factory.

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For the 20 years of his career Vitaly has playes at numerous festivals in Belarus and in Europe – including Unsound and Norberg festivals – and released collaborative works with Stefan Betke (aka Pole), Guy Van Belle. One of the best audio-designers, currently working in gamedev, he has written music for theater and cinema.


VJ Solar Olga & Pavel Ambiont – Visual Techno Poetry

You can meet this audio-visual duo at an art gallery, esoteric lab, cinema or at forest open-air – in Belarus and other European countries. Olga has made visuals for avant-garde performances with poet Illa Sin, sculptor Pavel Vajnicki and noise-guru Dmitry Rogozin, for a 6-hour piano-concert of Nicolas Horvath (FR) and for electro warriors DMX Krew (UK) or Hadamard (NL).

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A 12″ vinyl with Pinch (UK), performances at Unsound Festival New York or at a techno-demonstration on front of the Hungarian parlament, MA in research of techno/psy-trance communities rituals – these a some points of Pavel’s bio. At Mental Force you’ll hear techno and electro from his recent releases, as well as fresh unreleased tracks accompanied by new visuals that Olga & Pavel weave from videos, photo and computer graphics.


Khmarun & TXYZ  – Audio Visual Live Performance

Anton Khmarun is an electronic musican from Minsk currently based in Saint-Petersburg, where he’s playing at events organized by communities Ocean of Emptiness, Crewq, SubSpace,  Electo-Mechanica (2013 & 2014) and Forestquest. His hypnotic deep-techno is an ideal addition to our festival line-up, so Anton will fly home!

Olga Karelkina from a mathematical/VJ trio TXYZ is a digital artist in the literal sense. With a PhD in math, she’s one of the few Belarusian artists who creates generative visuals with Processing and specialized math software.

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ISM – Audio Visual Live Performance

ism – is a live A/V project of musician Aleh Niakhai (Spit it Out) and video-artist Maxim Bogdanovich, joined by session musicians and video-technicians.

ism is about atmospheric vibrations and sense-visualizations, meditative drone-ambient and monochromatic minimalist video-rhythms.

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Apex Sphere – Techno Live

Apex Sphere is a techno project of Alexei Usinovich (aka S4DS, Alexei Sfourds). His industrial atmospheres and irresistible beats are made for the night peak hours, and more groovy and subtle dubby stuff is just great for a 5 am sets.

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Poltishiny

Poltishiny (Half-Silence) is the new project of two composers – Ales Tsurko & Kanstantsin Yaskou, who explore the border between silence and sound through piano+electronica improvisations. Kanstantsin Yaskou represents a new generation of Belarusian academic composers who are open to experiments and see no limits in creativity.

Kanstantsin and Ales Tsurko are steady collaborators, their latest joint project was Kanstantsin’s album Zona Opus Posth with interactive part programmed by AlesAles Tsurko, is working in experimental and academic music and multimedia-art. He has released several albums of poetic electronica and post-rock under his name and as Alexander Martovsky, has created a number of interactive audio-visual installations – 24H Solaris (BY), Posłuszny Pixel (Bialystok Opera, PL).

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Andrey Savitsky – Lecture

Possibly the most experienced Belarusian multimedia-artist, who has presented his works at dozens of music and media-art festivals in Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, France, Sweden etc.  Andrey is also known for his experimental music projects – H.H.T.P., Plesk, Filt3s.

In the recent years Andrey Savitsky is getting more into music software development. During his lecture on May, 23rd мая he’ll tell about software for electronic musicians and media-artists, including his own creation –  Zillidrone – groovebox for mobile platforms.


Mental Force festival is organized by the team of two Belarusian music labels – Foundamental Network & Force Carriers – and is supported by the Goethe Institut in Minsk. Partners: PrintLux & Panasonic (video equipment), Copyx Print (print services), iDJ.by music shop, Beetle Juice cafe,  Studio67 art-space.

22nd of May: 180 000 / 200 000 / 250 000 Belarusian rubles (11-15 EUR)
23rd of May – free entrance

Tickets are available at MentalForce.by website and at selected selling oints Bezkassira.by.
Questions? Please call: +37529 1994437

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