As I write this I’m sitting here in Greene County, upstate NY, at Wave Farm (http://www.free103point9.org), in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, working on my Residency, living in a wooden cabin for the last week, surrounded by bees, deer and apparently a big black bear that dares not show his face or paws to me. It’s been an extraordinary adventure, far away from the big city, with an extraordinary outdoors live event, ‘Spectral Garden’ at the weekend, alongside Matthew Burtner and Nicholas Collins. An impressive electrical thunderstorm broke into the performances and with everyone running for cover just as I was about to begin. That’s not typical though…
I presented 24/48, a new work that compressed an entire 24 hour day into just 48 minutes, offering both a speeded up picture of the locality and a chance to playfully suggest an idea of what we miss whilst sleeping, yet drawing attention to the minutiae of every moment.
Whilst there I ventured down to Brooklyn for a night to perform at ISSUE Project Room, a beautiful silo, with a unique sixteen-channel hemispherical speaker array designed by Stephan Moore. Suspended in IPR's unusual cylindrical performance space, this unique speaker system allows a new world of possibilities for sound spatialization in performance and installation and I was extremely happy to present a work that radiated in all directions.
It’s been a very restless month, beginning in Australia with Time_Place_Space where adventurous activities took place collaboratively with 20 artists, using all kinds of media, and then traveling across Amsterdam and Berlin for the closure of Somambiente. With the assistance of QUT Brisbane and participants I was able to complete the project Nightjam, now freely available at:
In collaboration with Artangel Interaction, NightJam is a musical collaboration with young people who have been homeless. A limited edition CD is also being freely distributed through the website, so get in touch with them directly to claim your FREE copy, or simply visit and download the MP3 audio, film and photographs that we created.
NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interactions Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city, and an extension of my Night Haunts project with Sukhdev Sandu that I’m working on over year. I invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in Kings Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam presents these elusive visual and musical journeys through the citys quiet hours and will continue to expand with a series of freely downloadable mixes from a variety of artists over the coming months.
Closing the Sonambiente Festival in Berlin, a comprehensive sonic arts show, I was connected up to a machine to transmit a live image of my brain onto a screen, so it was the perfect opportunity to see how music would alter brain activity, and see how busy the little mouse that lives inside my head was that night.
Now I’m off to Marseille and Aix-en-Provence to prepare materials for the art festival Arborescence later this year, to The Big Chill Festival in the UK, to hit a rhythmic note with Pete Lockett as our Parallax Beat Brothers duo continues to beat down the boundaries (and guarantee weight loss), and then to Riga in Latvia to present new work at the Waves exhibition opening there. Another living out of a suitcase month.
Until next month
::: listen :::
Tool: 10,000 Days (Volcano)
Rafael Toral: Space (Staubgold)
Various: Bip Hop Generation Vol 8 (Bip Hop)
Philharmonie: Ouverture with DJ Spooky (Warners)
::: read :::
Brandon LaBelle:Background Noise (Continuum)
Craig Walsh: Insite (IMA)
Shigeaki Iwai: What’s in a Name? (P3)
Melati Suryodarmo: Loneliness in the Boundaries (Cemeti)
A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater, USA
13 Tzameti, Gela Babluani, France
Wanda, Barbara Loden, USA
Edmond, Stuart Gordon, USA
::: diary dates :::
05 August-Parallax Beat Brothers: Big Chill Festival UK
24 August-Waves: RIXC Riga Latvia
08 Sept-Light Turned Down: with D-Fuse Einhoven The Netherlands
09 Sept-performance with D-Fuse Arnheim The Netherlands
14 Sept- Parallax Beat Brothers Blackfriars Arts Centre Kings Lynn UK
06 October: Cabaret Aléatoire de la Friche Marseille France
20 October-Bios, Athens Greece
26 October-Parallax Beat Brothers: Alsager Arts Centre Cheshire UK
27 October-Parallax Beat Brothers: Miskin Theatre Dartford UK
02-07 Nov-Ground Control: Copenhagen Denmark
11 Nov-52 Spaces:Brisbane Australia
30 Nov-Parallax Beat Brothers: Colchester Arts Centre UK
06 & 07 March-New work with Shobana Jeyasingh QEH London
17 March -Présences electronique Salle Olivier Messiaen: Paris France
19 May-Shots in the Dark with D-Fuse/Alter Ego, Wroclaw Poland
::: exhibitions :::
24 August - 17 September 2006
WAVES looks at electromagnetic waves as the principle material - the medium - of media art. The exhibition is the main part of the "ART + COMMUNICATION" festival organised by the new media culture centre RIXC to promote the current issues and emerging experimental creative approaches in the new media, culture and communication.
The exhibition brings together works of (media) art that deal with properties of waves in imaginative ways, exploring, making visible or making us feel waves on a host of different bands of the spectrum. In this exhibition electromagnetic waves are not just seen as carriers of information, but as the material and/or theme of the artwork.
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit / Sound Design Scanner
04 February 2006 – 04 February 2007
Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel‘s mailing list by clicking here.
Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
20 July 2006...on-going
NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.
NightJam resents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. A limited edition CD is also being distributed for free through the website. A series of remixes by other artists will be available over the forthcoming months.