For its second year, Freqs of Nature is hosted on a disused Russian military air base in Niedergörsdorf 70km of Berlin, Germany. It was previously used for training purposes and not directly utilised in the war.
Many Psytrance festivals this summer will be held in remote areas of natural beauty and I have heard criticisms towards the Freq’s choice of location for having a ‘war vibe’ but a positive focus could be achieved. The following quote from Hakim Bey illustrates how one can reclaim and re-purpose a space by escaping previously imposed forms of structure and control:
“If art has died, or the audience has withered away, then we find ourselves free of two dead weights. Potentially, everyone is now some kind of artist–& potentially every audience has regained its innocence, its ability to become the art that it experiences.
‘Provided we can escape from the museums we carry around inside us, provided we can stop selling ourselves tickets to the galleries in our own skulls, we can begin to contemplate an art which re-creates the goal of the sorcerer: changing the structure of reality by the manipulation of living symbols (in this case, the images we’ve been “given” by the organizers of this salon–murder, war, famine, & greed).
‘We could now contemplate aesthetic actions which possess some of the resonance of terrorism (or “cruelty”) but aimed at the destruction of abstractions rather than of people, towards liberation rather than power, pleasure rather than profit, joy rather than fear. “Poetic Terrorism.” Our chosen images have the potency of darkness–but all images are masks, & behind these masks lie energies we can turn toward light & pleasure.”
Currently, the location is being prepared by a small team of carpenters, land artists and organisers to create the inspiring, psychedelic environment promised this year.
The hub of all music and activity will emanate from the hangars which will be transformed both;
Visually– from empty apocalyptic shells to an infusion of colour, joy and creativity;
Energetically– with new life, new focus and new intention a path emerges from the ruins to release the air-base from the past.
Nearby, Berlin is a prime example of a space with a war-torn history from which new life spiraled out and releasing the environment from a cycle of further desolation/preservation of negativity. Young, independent, resourceful people pirated the city and exerted a contagious and magnetic influence as it was rebuilt into a unique subcultural, multinational creative city with an adversity towards war and commercialization. This influence extends to Freqs.