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Jessika Khazrik in conversation with Johanna Hedva

Living between Los Angeles and Berlin, Korean-American writer, musician, artist and astrologer Johanna Hedva creates sonic alchemy that boils mystical doom, intimate metal, hag blues and cave music into a unique alloy. Their latest album
'Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House' pulls influence from Korean Pansori singing, which demands rehearsal next to waterfalls, and fans it with the fumes of Diamanda Galás, Keiji Haino, Sunn O))) and Sainkho Namtchylak. Scavenging sounds from online and on-site detritus, trans-millennial compendia of healing, and militarised ads and technologies, Jessika Khazrik’s sonic scapes intimately investigate the ecological and techno-political premises of the economies we inhabit or forget. With an indisciplinary practice ranging from composition to machine learning, literature, performance, visual art, ecotoxicology and history of science and music, Khazrik festively uses spaces of congregation to search for locally entrenched universalisms that could collectively respond to the dystopias of our times. After rehearsing in the same space for a full lunar cycle, Hedva and Khazrik resume live their 2-year conversation around ‘Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House’, the ontology of the eclipse and sound as instantiating astral matter.