As football unites much of the world, I’m over in Australia working on a project far removed from this global phenomenon. I’m facilitating a research and development laboratory for Australian artists in Brisbane, entitled Time_Place_Space. It’s a playful and challenging way to development personal strategies to explore a new performative language, as well as a chance to take advantage of a weak dollar and enjoy the delights of a winter that records 19 degrees centigrade as a low temperature!
Landing here at the tiny International Airport was most entertaining too, as I bumped into popular British beat combo Coldplay who were here to play some live shows, and we shared the pleasure of customs and excise together, though only Chris Martin had the pleasure of having his luggage opened up and personally examined, clearly by a fervid AC/DC fan.
The coming months are certainly a time for me to live out of a suitcase, with journeys across the globe, to warmer climates and unusual remote locations. Off to Amsterdam to perform ‘Blindscape’ with TeZ, to Berlin for the Sonambiente Festival, which will almost close off the World Cup Football with my ’52 Spaces’ performance and then upstate in New York to appear at Spectral Garden, at the invitation of free103point9. I’ll be performing the premiere of a new work, ‘24/48,’ the result of my Residency there over the previous weeks, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Alongside Nicolas Collins and Matthew Burtner I’ll be presenting physical and ephemeral work in the delightful meadows, sunshine valleys, and everyone is welcome to join us on 29 July at Wave Farm, for an experimental outdoor picnic.
Anyone allergic to the countryside yet in the vague locality might be interested in a show at Project Issue Room in Brooklyn around the same time, where I’m presenting work as part of the ‘Points in a Circule’ month of site-specific works using these very special hemisphere speakers – that’s sixteen point-source emanation loudspeakers, and the "circle" is the round, concrete-walled room that is IPR's performance space. Should be grand.
‘Occasional Offices of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer’, my collaborative work with Roger Ellsgood was broadcast on the BBC radio in June, to great acclaim and chosen as pick of the week in countless newspapers. It’ll soon be available digitally on iTunes as well as a special edition CD publication. It’s features some of the most beautiful passages of seventeenth century English from Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer which was the handbook of the pre-20th century Anglican Church.
The Occasional Offices are instructions, exhortations as to how to live a God-fearing life and thereby attain release from the ‘wretchedness of this world into the everlasting joy of the Kingdom of Heaven’. The awe and wonder of Cranmer’s words filled generations of Christians with the fear of God: it is what they were designed to do. The work itself features a succession of passages from the Occasional Offices: the Thanksgiving of Women after Child- birth, the Solemnization of Matrimony, the Visitation of the Sick, the Burial of The Dead and the Baptism of Infants. These texts were delivered by the Reverend Dr. Peter Mullen in services and celebrations in the Church of St. Michael’s Cornhill, a bastion of the King James Bible and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in the City of London, and edited into a soundscape I composed for this work.
Speaking of new releases, my new 12” vinyl only single on Bine Music entitled ‘Teenage Wochen’ is now available through posteverything.com and will also shortly be available on iTunes. With airplay on national pop radio across Europe and described recently as: “electro music with a jumpy rhythm, guitar and a very joyous melody line. A great up-tempo tune that has the word 'summer' stamped all over,’ it’s enough to cheer up even the most sour of souls.
An exclusive work now available at iTunes is the complete Qualia soundtrack, a work I composed for Wayne McGregor’s Royal Ballet debut in London. It’s a 30-minute micro adventure, moving through high-spirited burnt out rhythms and giddily suffused melodies. It was recently performed at the Royal Opera House in London to compliment their 75th birthday celebrations, and I’m assured it perked up the hairs on even the elderly ballet ladies.
And for anyone still trying to save their pennies, tune into the MP3 page at my website for some additional free downloads of two works I performed recently at Tate Modern in London as part of the John Cage Musicircus day.
Night Haunts (http://www.nighthaunts.org.uk) continues with Sewers this month, entering the harsher bowels of the city, a place where night and day are interchangeable. It’s an especially grimy edition exploring the shuffling figures who wade through London’s waste and ensure our systems remain fluid. A suitably subterranean soundtrack mirrors these movements.
My collaboration with young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross is launched this month too, with 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, and captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam will present two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours and be freely available on CD from 20 July. (http://www.nightjam.org.uk)
So, time to feed my pet kangaroo outside and go for a walk close to the desert.
Until next month
::: listen :::
Various: Touch 25 (Touch)
Burial: Burial (Hyperdub)
Lloyd Barrett: Mise en Scene (Room40)
::: read :::
Benjamin Kunkel: Indecision (Random House)
Nigel Cooke: Paintings 01-06 (Koenig)
Angela Bulloch: Prime Numbers (Koenig)
Factory Records: Complete Graphic Album (Thames & Hudson)
Kontroll, Nimrod Antal, Hungary
Heavenly Drama, Danis Tanovic, France
Parineeta, Pradeep Sarkar, India
Very Nice, Very Nice, Arthur Lipsett, Canada
::: diary dates :::
13 July-Blindscape, with TeZ Amsterdam The Netherlands
15 July-52 Spaces: Sonambiente Berlin Germany
16 July-Closing Party Sonambiente Berlin Germany
19 July-Hive: Liverpool UK
27 July-Issue Project Space Brooklyn New York USA
29 July-Spectral Garden: Wave Farm Green County NY USA
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-Collaboration with D-Fuse Arnhem The Netherlands
14 Sept- Parallax Beat Brothers Blackfriars Arts Centre Kings Lynn UK
21 Sept- 21 September Parallax Beat Brothers Brighton UK
06 October: Cabaret Aléatoire de la Friche Marseille France
26 October: Parallax Beat Brothers: Alsager Arts Centre Cheshire 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- 06 & 07 March New work with choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh
Queen Elizabeth Hall London
15-18 March-Présences electronique Salle Olivier Messiaen: Paris France
::: exhibitions :::
A Mobile Telephone Exhibition
Arti et Amicitiae
Amsterdam The Netherlands
10 June - 08 July 2006
Curated by Nathalie Faber ( Cut-n-Paste) an exhibition exploring the historical and future possibilities of mobile telecommunications, with artists Arno Coenen, Blast Theory, Cut-n-Paste, Gerald van der Kaap, Aryan Kaganof, Bert Kommerij, A.P. Koomen / Karen Murphy, Gijs Müller, Leonard van Munster, Kate Pemberton, Esther Polak, and Scanner. I presented three mobile telephone works for sharing and an immersive soundtrack for the entire show.
What Sound Does A Color Make?
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
New Plymouth, New Zealand
20 May – 16 July 2006
What Sound Does a Color Make? features contemporary and historical works by an internationally diverse group of artists who manipulate sound with image and image with sound. The show includes artists who likewise use technology to inspire a renewed consciousness of highly un-technological experiences -- physicality, human cognition, and perception. Featuring work by Scott Arford, Jim Campbell, D-Fuse with Scanner, Granular Synthesis, Gary Hill, Atau Tanaka, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik and others.
What Sound Does a Color Make? is a travelling exhibition (2005-2007) organised & circulated by iCi, curated by Kathleen Forde.
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.