NEO Hülcker + mocrep

Neo Hülcker is a Berlin-based composer-performer whose work focuses on music as anthropological research in everyday life environments. Their compositions evolve as situations, performance-installations, actions and interventions, and deal with digital subculture (like ASMR), childhood, human-animal-relations, queer practice and cultural hacking.

Mocrep commissioned them for the first time in 2016, when they created crackles for the Summer Courses for New Music at Darmstadt. In 2017, Hülcker traveled to Chicago to work on Good Dog, which they performed with the ensemble.

good dog (2017)

For four performers, video, two tables, leashes, collars, squeaky dog toys.

Good Dog was created for Zachary Good, Nick Meryhew, Zach Moore and Ryan Zerna and premiered at Mana Contemporary Chicago in April 2017.

I often ask myself, just to see, who I am-and who I am (following) at the moment when, caught naked, in silence, by the gaze of an animal, for example the eyes of a cat, I have trouble, yes, a bad time overcoming my embarrassment. Whence this malaise? I have trouble repressing a reflex dictated by immodesty. Trouble keeping silent within me a protest against the indecency. Against the impropriety that comes of finding oneself naked, one’s sex exposed, stark naked before a cat that looks at you without moving, just to see.
— Derrida: The animal therefore I am

Photos by Michael Sullivan/On The Real Film


for 11 performers, hanging microphones, flashlights, a rubber bird mask, and a wind-up spider toy

Crackles was commissioned by Mocrep for the 2016 Summer Courses and premiered there at Mocrep’s “carte blanche” concert in the Orangerie.

„Es scheint recht einfach eine klangliche Form – sogar eine Vision – zu evozieren, unter welchen Bedingungen aber könnte man von einem visuellen Geräusch sprechen?“

„It seems quite simple to evoke a sounding form – even a vision, but under which conditions is it possible to speak about a visual noise?“
— (Jean-Luc Nancy in: Zum Gehör, diaphanes 2010, S. 10)