Mouse on Mars is recognised as one of Germany’s most defining and innovative electronic music projects. Free from schools of thought, genre conventions, or of the music establishment’s constraints, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have forged a unique musical language over 20 years, mapping their own idiosyncratic trajectory through a no man’s land between pop, art, club music, and the avant-garde. On the occasion of their 21st birthday, Mouse on Mars celebrate with the lavish two-day 21 AGAIN festival. Curated by the band and featuring many of their peers and artist friends, the festival also coincides with the release of new and old Mouse on Mars material on Monkeytown Records. The 21 AGAIN Compilation features a series of artistic collaborations while the exclusive 21 AGAIN Box set documents the band’s rich history.
Since their first album, Vulvaland, published in 1994 on British label Too Pure, Mouse on Mars have released 11 albums and numerous solo and collaborative projects, relentlessly pushing forth their uncategorisable sound. While rigorous sound research, stylistic flexibility, and uninhibited inventiveness have brought Mouse on Mars’ music to international attention, their uniqueness lies not only in these traits but also in the willingness of both artists to cross all limits and veer in all directions over and over again.
Over the past two decades, Mouse on Mars have built and continue to nurture an extensive network of relationships and collaborations that interconnect diverse disciplines such as music, art, theory, music theatre, literature, radio drama, science, and technology in intelligent and unpretentious ways. Mouse on Mars’ musical and artistic universe thus emerges only through a holistic consideration of their extended constellation of collaborations, projects, and references. The 21AGAIN festival at HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, thus aims to present Mouse on Mars not as a band in the traditional sense, but rather as a discursive project fed by a nexus of people, collaborations, and feedback loops. Featuring contributions by fellow artists, musicians, theorists, and cultural mediators presenting both old and new projects, the Mouse on Mars 21AGAIN festival avoids the shape of a traditional retrospective, instead manifesting itself as a collaborative work of restless mutability.
Joining Mouse on Mars are fellow artists and collaborators: Tyondai Braxton, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Oval, Laetitia Sadier, Siriusselektor (Gernot Bronsert + Siriusmo), Solistensemble Kaleidoskop, Candie Hank, Kathy Alberici, André de Ridder, DJ Elephant Power, Schlammpeitziger, DJ Scotch Egg, Mikodo, Mr. Maloke (Puppetmastaz), Vert, The Allophons, Pavan aka Limonious, Mesak & Claws Costeau, Stiletti Ana & Ya Tosiba A.k.a. DJ Zuzu, Chris Sharp, F.X. Randomiz, and Errorsmith.
Installations and interventions by: Susan Philipsz, Sadaâne Afif, Rosa Barba, Karl Kliem, Katja Davar, Zoya Bassi, Christian Schwarzwald, C-Schulz, Jimmy Robert and Klaus Lemke.
The complete festival programme is available via the Mouse on Mars website. Tickets on sale online via HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
21AGAIN is sponsored by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Capital Culture Fund). A project by Jan St. Werner / Mouse on Mars, together with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Monkeytown Records, KKT, and CTM Festival. Supported by Mehdi Chouakri gallery.