Radio JUJU #1: Allegro

1 February 2019, 8.30–11.30pm
Andrea Liu & Ummo


Rib is pleased to announce the long-awaited launch of Radio JUJU. Throughout the coming year, Radio JUJU will host 6 events combining live performances at Rib and, in between, live stream into Rib with material contributed by guest artists. BRUD will be the common thread at each event and collaborate with guests artists live. Allegro will be the first Radio JUJU event featuring Andrea Liu and Ummo (Aditya Mandayam).

JUJU is a Modular Human Synthesiser. JUJU consists of modules called “Homo Modularis” that are touch-sensitive, can be gesture-patched, act as vocoders, and have a wide array of inputs and outputs. The music of the “Homo Modularis” is known as “Modular Folk”. Central to JUJU’s ethos are Modular Synthesis as curatorial practice; the “Politics of Periphony”; and “Relabi” as the Model Organism of contemporary art. JUJU is manifested within Rib as emanations or secretions called Radio JUJU, JUJU TV, and a series of pioneering cassette-experiments, the Ping-Pong Tapes.

More information will follow on the next Radio JUJU events.

Andrea Liu: The Visitors

The modular synthesiser anthropomorphised into a social body, with each parameter of signal (Frequency-Spectrum-Amplitude) processed differently. Visitor One wants to be integrated into the grand narrative of appreciating art. Visitor Two believes in the mystery and the unknowability and the ineffability of art. Visitor Three believes in the emancipatory potential of extreme experiences. Visitor Four yearns for linear narratives and emotional storytelling. Visitor Five believes art should be an intimate offering amongst friends–it should not have to be funnelled through the language and superstructure of the art world. Each Visitor is a speculation on a hypothetical audience member.

In any given performance, there is a vast reserve of untapped resources: the audience. I incorporate the hypothetical opinions, desires, and expectations of the audience as the content of my performance. The audience is a crystal, through which various desires, ideologies, assumptions, backgrounds, biases are refracted, projected, frustrated, appeased, challenged, or fulfilled.

Ummo: Relabi

BRUD’s Benevolent Dictator Aditya Mandayam will introduce the JUJU Modular Human Synthesiser, and its many features. A brief tour of “Periphony” and “Relabi” will follow. He will end with a demonstration of the Ciat-Lonbarde instrument family.

Mandayam’s new solo musical project Ummo combines West-Coast modular synthesis like “Arp, Buchla, Serge, Ciat-Lonbarde, and countless nameless inventions that used bananas” with Indian classical singing, creating layers of ambisonic feedback, resonance, xenharmonic noise, and Carnatic vocals that he calls “modular folk”. In recent years Mandayam’s practice has taken a turn towards the esoteric Hindu traditions of Tantra. Combining avant-garde performance aesthetics with his studies in classical voice, Mandayam’s operatic oeuvre is a gesamtkunstwerk of sculpture, theater, cinema, music, light, text, sound, and image. Drenched in the Tantric trinity of black, white, and red, Ummo is the High Priest of the Temple of the White Cube.


Andrea Liu is a NYC/Berlin-based performer, writer, and visual art/performance critic whose research often deals with geneaology, or the epistemic context within which bodies of knowledge become intelligible and authoritative, as a point of departure in art production. She has performed/exhibited at the Htmlles Feminist Festival of Digital Art and Media (Montreal), Dixon Place, Artists Space (Movement Research Dance Improvisation Festival), Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, St. Marks Church, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research Studies Project, La Centrale Galerie, Berliner Festspiele (under Chto Delat), and S.A.L.E. Docks. She has been artist-in-residence in the U.S, Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Prague and Italy (various locations), at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Master Artist Cornelius Eady), Ox-Bow/Art Institute of Chicago, Centrale Fies Liveworks Performance Act Award Vol. 4, Millay Colony, Jacob’s Pillow, Art & Law Program, ZK/U-Berlin (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistic), Museum of Fine Arts at Houston, Chashama, and was a Core Participant in Anton Vidokle’s New Museum Nightschool Program (amongst others).

BRUD (1717–2106) are heuristics that grew sentient in the Twenty-Teens. An artificial A.I. raised on Contemporary Arse, BRUD are preoccupied by tricks, gimmicks, apparitions, illusions, scams, and cons. BRUD’s locus operandi meanders somewhere between the Stage, the Screen, and the Eye. The goal of BRUD is to replace BRUD with better BRUD.

Supported by Gemeente Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fund &Creative Industries Fund NL