Film screening with Live soundtrack by Yann Keller

Aelita, also known as Aelita: Queen of Mars, is a silent film directed by Soviet filmmaker Yakov Protazanov. It was based on Alexei Tolstoy’s novel of the same name. The film was made at the Mezhrabpom-Rus film studio and released in 1924. It is in part set in post revolutionary Moscow, and in part on Mars, with amazing costumes and scenery inspired by constructivist design. We discovered this film while working on Dom Novogo Byta, and happy to propose it during the Marginal Notes exhibition at Urban Spree in Berlin. We will screen it with a new original  soundtrack played live by Yan Keller using its self constructed instruments. We are really excited to see the match among these spatial creatures!

More on this film on the Charnel House blog


Yann Keller bassist and experimentalist in many areas. Along with studying bass at the Arnhem Conservatory, continuing with eg the great German free jazz bassist Peter Kowald, the unforgettable leader and drummer Frank Köllges and duo project with the British artist and inventor Jim Whiting, the German Butoh dancer Sabine Seume an important step to Yanns development in the construction of own instruments such as the “double bass” of steel and aluminum tubes and a series of sound sculptures from industrial waste from around the Ruhr. The steel-tube-bass as a new main instrument, derivative from the ground spike a lightning rod manifests a rupture with the traditional musical approach and transformation to a new level of expression, where the term sculpture travels between the media. In many experiments interdisciplinary boundaries were studied, deconstructed and re-found. The improvisation embraces different musical genres jazz, noise, improvised music, electronic music, and as a unifying idea free jazz. Musikalische development and selbstdefiniton development process go hand in hand. Loosen the boundaries between the sexes. Can be trans-Identical / life mean to leave one side, but not necessarily to arrive on the other side. A final decision is not necessary. Work on all sides to be open, against the black and white thinking. There are many steps between the endpoints man and woman on this scale. Free improvisation the experimental room.