Berko – Help
Known for al-fresco house as Andras, elemental movement-scores as A.r.t. Wilson and tool-shed downtempo as House of Dad, Melbourne’s Andrew Wilson now presents Berko, who we can so far pigeon-hole as a pop-sociologist, using drone and comfort aesthetics to tear a cubby-hole in adult notions of reality, revealing the comic-brutal nature beyond.
Berko’s first study is Help, a Warhol-esque fascination with wreckage - and more-over, a fascination with that fascination itself. One-shot samples, sonic freeze-frames, of popular Youtube videos of truck accidents, animal attacks and bloopers, are further decontextualized into new forms, manipulated and disfigured into harmonic bliss, instruments of relaxation and mind-quieting. Berko is an antipodean term for an outburst of madness and / or anger, derived from “berserk.” In this way it is also a way of describing a senselessness to violence and destruction commonplace, but nonetheless surprising, in Australian society.
This is Wilson’s first (and we think, extremely successful) dive into drone, though this latest endeavor draws on the same simple, investigative and aesthetically precise techniques that unite all of his identities. Released on the Lieven’s wonderful Edicoes CN label (Antwerp). Edition of 180 copies.