Interview with Jen Ellerson of Modern Movement!

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Modern Movement is a project that was jumpstarted by Jen Ellerson, back in 2010. She wanted to capture a movement that she’d seen rising in Berlin, which was limited to eclectic and nocturnal sub-cultures within this specific region of Germany. Mainly ranging from cold wave to other obscure sounds. Those that are involved with the project, describe themselves as “a collective of ambitious, international misfits with irreproachable taste“. So, when this concept first set out to do something, it was by putting up club-nights that would fuse together the potential she saw in Berlin. Garnering a lot of momentum from her previous (and still current) project Brave Exhibitions, which is about the same thing, but not really. It’s based out of London, but it’s focused within a similar scene. She’s been running it together with James Lowry for some time now. Anyway, since club-nights only and installations at that, didn’t really pinpoint what was happening around her, she sketched out an idea for a book in 2011. This later on formed into a bigger project, which would come out in 2013 and also include a compilation of tracks to accompany the book itself. Like a soundtrack for everything that’s been gathered around. There’s a lot to say about Jen Ellerson, and she’s got a lot of experience within multimedia as such, but hopefully this interview will clear up a lot of question-marks. I asked her about the book, the idea behind it, Brave Exhibitions, Modern Movement, what it was like coming to Berlin, how Berlin differs from London and much more. I’m hoping that you’ll find this informative and enjoyable, and I hope that some of you actually recognize yourselves as part of this story.

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Premiere: Modern Movement w/ exclusive picture and a free download!

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Outtake in the making of the Modern Movement book. Artist: Noisy Pig.

Modern Movement was founded in Berlin year 2010, as a platform for different concepts. Their main focus have mainly been limited to eclectic, nocturnal sub-genres. Brought up by people with, as they call them; “ambitious, international misfits with irreproachable taste“. Developing the often applauded creativity of Berlin. Involving filmmakers, photographers, DJ’s, artists, musicians and performers. Arranging events, parties and the likes of it. One of the main persons behind this rather newly emerged “movement”, if you want to call it that, is Jen Ellerson. A tireless promoter from Berlin, who decided to make something of the different bands, artists and groups that have slowly emerged from the center of it all. This, in turn, led to the advancement of the compilation that celebrates it all – namely the forthcoming release “V/A – Modern Movement – The Compilation“, getting put out by the German label aufnahme + wiedergabe. Featuring the artists, groups and bands: Gertrud Stein, Jemek Jemowit, Mary Orcher + Your Government, Germinal, Noisy Pig, Privacy, Nao Katafuchi, Velvet Condom, Petra Flurr + Modernista, Aniaetleprogrammeur, Nuclear Family, Mueran Humanos, Sixth June, Oberst Panizza, Bloodygrave & Die Lust!, Reckless Redemption, Team PI​$​$ and reliq.

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