Lou Drago is a Berlin-based artist, dreamer and apocalypse survivor. Working across various mediums, they draw connections between the healing potential of sound, the necessity for collectivity during neoliberal times, queer-feminisms, and meditation and related theories. Their artistic works works Suspending Time: meditations for accessing alternate space/time in music, and Dissident Vespers, fuse Drago’s experiential-theoretical research with their sound-based work to create listening occasions for being-together and being with oneself, with others. These works both speculate on altering a listener’s perception of time with the hypothesis that this alternate experiencing of time has expansive and healing potential. Drago’s practice is always collective to varying degrees, and they reject the prevailing notion of the singular artist in favour of acknowledging the pluralities of experiences that contribute to any given work. This trajectory of thought is exemplified in recent works New Feathers and Female Copulatory Vocalisation, in which Drago transcribes and arranges fragments of conversations with comrades into texts that reveal the collective (un)conscious of the group of the selected subjects.
Drago’s theoretical recent research is concerned with finding ways to coalesce all of those who refuse or fail to fit the neoliberal mould in an attempt to reunite what we have witnessed to be an increasingly fractured Left. Aware of the role identity politics have played in dividing the Left, Drago navigates between their commitment to gender abolitionism and other xeno-feminist desires and a politics of Radical Sociability that aims to enact an intersectional affinity-based politics. They curate and produce, Transience, a regular show on Cashmere Radio, Berlin that focuses on experimental, ambient and experient music that aims to offer anxiety relief to its listeners. They host sonic seances under the name of infinity rug, with frequent collaborater, marum. infinity rug offers a moment where sound, collective learning and intimate care come together to forge a space of togetherness. Drago is a founding member of XenoEntities Network, Berlin, a collective who operated from 2016 - 2020, focusing their research on queer, gender and feminist studies and their interactions with digital technologies.
They have shown work, curated shows and spoken on panels across Europe and internationally.