A solo exhibition by Tad Ermitaño, curated by Tengal Drilon.

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** Experiments in Sonic Animism

** Tad Ermitaño
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Opening: 26 August 2022, 8 pm
Running time: 27 August – 9 October 2022
Thu – Sun, 2 – 6 pm

In context of our HACK THE PANKE Festival

“Somatodelia is an attempt to help dissolve the mind/body dualism by trying to 
show how the idea that the mind as this invisible, non-material, ‘spiritual’ 
independent thing is a falsehood that sweeps under the rug all the ways it 
depends on, originates in, is fed by the physical. For instance, when a person 
trembles, it is these physical gestures by which I know his mental state. And 
by ‘know’, I don’t mean I deduce their mental state from the signs they 
display, but that these movements of their body are either mirrored or 
entangled in our own. The relationship between the observer and that which is 
being observed is thus intersubjective – we are merged in empathy.” (Tad 
Ermitaño, Notes on Somatodelia)

The word “psychedelic,” coined by the psychiatrist Humphrey Osmond, comes from 
the words “psyche” meaning “mind” and “delos” meaning “to manifest” or 
“reveal.” “Somatodelia”, the term suggested by Tad Ermitaño, complements the 
psychedelic as the project of recalling the physical roots of consciousness and 
perception. Somatodelia grounds itself as the metaphysics distinct from the 
ghost of dualism conjured by Plato and Descartes. It, instead, reveals the 
physical roots of our mental being.

Radyo (Tagalog of “radio”) Somatodelia: Experiments in Sonic Animism brings the 
act of looking and listening into contact with the outward surfaces and the 
interior voluminosity of things. Science has led humans through chaos with 
limited perceptibility, visited by flashes of observations and hunches. The 
patchy first-person viewpoint has been recasted as omniscient, with all the 
twists beneath the moment of Discovery surgically removed from the story. The 
data and facts are thus enveloped in the pristine wholeness, available for the 
contemplation of an all-seeing Intelligence that is the exclusive property of 

In the face of the Western metaphysics, that which turned us into an 
intelligence amid a sea of dead objects, we call for the contemporary 
reevaluation of animism as a language that speaks from the inside of this 
journey of wayfinding. Flashes of revelation are not merely glimpses of 
Platonic perfection hiding behind a veil of human imperfection, but a 
constitution of Reality that reveals itself through the powers that we have, in 
the company that we keep. Under what might be called the “animist metaphysics,” 
we are one agent among many on the earth. It recovers our senses, reveals our 
entanglements, and makes our state of entanglement a palpable everyday reality.

The philosopher Merleau-Ponty spoke of intersubjectivity as entanglement, as 
being contaminated by or merged with the focus of our attention. Sound captures 
the body more vividly than an image, and embodies data and the world anew. 
While the source of a sound can be located in space, the sense of distance from 
it is hard to sustain in the absence of the visual. We are thus catapulted into 
the midst of the source – entangled and intersubjective. The radio brings us 
close to the intimate channel of the sonic. We listen to the sounds and voices 
on the radio like prisoners thirsting for that which brings us into intimate, 
captured contact with distant entities, or entities grown distant.

In a forest of undifferentiated sense data, entities approach us, glimmer at 
us, call to us, make themselves known, and in return receive our thanks and 

Curated by Tengal Drilon

** HACK THE PANKE festival

** Tales of Weird Science and Cosmic Covenants

** Film Screening | Tad Ermitaño

Date: 27 August 2022
Doors Open: 8 pm
Start of event: 8:30 pm

Venue: Make-Up
Papierstr. 11, 13409 Berlin

Art Laboratory Berlin welcomes you to the HACK THE PANKE Festival with various 
events like workshops, film screenings and walks on art, science and sound in 
Berlin-Wedding. In context of his solo exhibition Radyo Somatodelia at Art 
Laboratory Berlin Philippine artist Tad Ermitaño will present a screening 
program featuring some of his film and video works.

As a self-described “refugee from the sciences” Ermitaño’s film work sketches 
an uneasy field in which a facility with technology collides with a kind of 
postcolonial guilt slamming its head against the limits of empiricism. The 
films selected for this program complement a practice that searches for 
correctives to technocratic hubris. Tropes from Science Fiction, Jungian 
metaphysics, experimental film and Folk Catholicism sketch a sense of a world 
deformed by forces corroding its underlying structures.

** Film Program*

The Retrochronological Transfer of Information (10’33”)

Dumi (4’11”)

Tributaries (11’24”)

Eisenstein’s Monster (4’18”)

Sausage (14’05”)

Local Unit (9’11”)

Buddha Mayatronic (20’)

*Total running time 75 minutes.
All films – except Dumi, Tributaries and Buddha Mayatronic – were originally 
shot in/digitized as Standard Definition i.e. 640 x 480 and 720 x 480.
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** HACK THE PANKE festival

** From Here to Ear: Sound exploration

** Worskshop | Tad Ermitaño

28.08.2022, 14:30 - 17:30

>From Here to Ear is a sound art creation activity designed to encourage 
>participants to listen to their environment with intention. In connection with 
>Tad Ermitano’s ongoing exhibition Radyo Somatodelia: Experiments in Sonic 
>Animism the workshop reframes listening as a way of thinking towards an act of 
>reflection, both in the sense of thinking, and in the sense of what a mirror 

Sonification is a way of experiencing data and the world anew. How can the act 
of listening reflect the world, to be the place where the world is heard, 
simultaneously where the world hears itself?

Using sound to investigate and empathize with the other beings in our 
environment, it entwines with the idea of exploring the unfamiliar with the 
practice of entanglement, with the potential to widen the scope and definition 
of empathy. Listening as presence. Listening as absence.

Workshop details

The workshop is divided into three unique parts and will begin at Art 
Laboratory Berlin, which involves an “art walk” along the Panke river and its 
surrounding area, and finally culminate at Uferstudios Anaconda cafe. The 
workshop begins with a brief artist and curator walk at the gallery before 
heading outdoors for an “art walk” or a walking lecture performance. Taking 
inspiration from the concepts behind Indonesian activity Jalan-jalan (to go out 
for a walk) and the Filipino tambay (to hang out), workshop participants are 
encouraged to hang around while actively engaged through a listening and sonic 
intervention within themselves and the environment. Participants will make 
“sonic sketches” or stylized renderings of their listening experience with the 
sounds of objects and equipment found and provided. At the end of the workshop, 
the participants will jam their sketches in a participatory group sound 
performance reproducing a stylized Panke in a network of sound and entangled 

What to Bring?

Mobile telephone, headphones, sound recorders, tabletop synths, electro 
acoustic devices
Registration link 

Supported by:

** HACK THE PANKE Festival

** Leftover Klangwerk

** Workshop | Ariel Orah and Johanes “Mo’ong” Santoso Pribadi (Soydivision 

Art Laboratory Berlin welcomes you to the HACK THE PANKE Festival on art, 
science and sound in Berlin Wedding from mid August until early October 2022.

In 2018 ALB initiated the research project DIY Hack the Panke applying artistic 
and scientific research at, in and around the river Panke, and promoting 
Citizen Science projects bringing together artists, scientists and the public 
along the Panke river in the north and central Berlin. As a continuation of our 
long-term research project, the HACK THE PANKE Festival brings together artists 
and scientists to realize workshops, performances and Walk & Talks along the 
Panke river from mid August to early October 2022.

The HACK THE PANKE Festival will kick off with a three-day long workshop and 
performance Leftover Klangwerk by Ariel Orah and Johanes “Mo’ong” Santoso 
Pribadi (Soydivision Kollektiv). Leftover Klangwerk is a socially engaged and 
sonic art creation activity in the form of participatory workshop and 
collective improvisation performance. During the workshop, participants will be 
invited to upcycle found materials around the Panke River to create musical 
instruments! The created sound objects will be used for a jam session.

The registration for the workshop continues for the last few spots! 

If you cannot make it to workshop, you are invited to join to the presentation 
and jam session on August 21, at Panke e.V. at 15:00. Join us to the final 
presentation! No registration needed to attend the presentation session on 
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