Thunder, lightning and flooding across the city of London, bring the summer officially to a close and an excuse to run to warmer climates. It has an almost apocalyptic edge as darkness devours the daylight and the rain washes away at everything in sight.
September began with adventures in The Netherlands, collaborating with motion graphics artists D-Fuse on our Light Turned Down project, performed as part of their Transmit exhibition at MU gallery. A show at the impressive Effenaar venue, and a subsequent outdoor performance in Arnhem, were most enjoyable, especially watching ingenious audience members bring their own sofa to a live performance and setting it up in front of the stage! Further shows across Europe will emerge to align with the launch of the book A/V Audiovisual Art + VJ Culture by D-Fuse, published by Laurence King.
Cham's Soul choreographed by Anh Ngoc Nguyen premiered at the Place Theatre London to critical acclaim, and Night Email was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, featuring actor Bill Paterson reading a specially commissioned poem by Robert Crawford on the wonders of the internet and how it has transformed the lives of people living in Scotland. It was an expansion upon the original 1936 Night Mail film with WH Auden and Benjamin Briten, though my work could hardly compare to such fine figures. You might still be able to find this archived on the BBC Scotland website.
American artist Stephen Vitiello was recently in London and we had a good conversation which you can follow online at kultureflash.net (http://www.kultureflash.net/archive/178/priview.html). Whilst a more detailed exploratory conversation about art and collaboration between us can be found in the forthcoming ‘8 Artists Try Not to Talk About Art’ published by Space Studios in London. This pocket-sized book is the conclusion of an intensive professional development and mentoring scheme at Space in London. Copies should be available soon at posteverything.com.
Three days in Philadelphia were pleasantly spent in the company of English composer Gavin Bryars, where we shared duties delivering talks to Temple University, and began our research towards projects to be realised in 2007. A man with a schedule as absurd of mine it was a delight to find another committed worker. I will be returning for performances and an installation at the Wagner Free Institute of Science which was established in the mid-nineteenth century to provide free science education for local people and amazingly continues its mission to this day. Incredibly too, it’s like stepping into a time machine with a collection arranged in Darwinian order, fossils, insects and animal and human skeletons taking their place in line.
Climbing mountains in North Wales has continued this month to prepare for the beta test of Night Flight (http://www.night-flight.co.uk) in October, in preparation for the big shows in 2007. It’s an adrenaline fuelled experience in the hills and over the borders in the darkness of night on the ridge of the Clywdian hills, where I’m designing the sound for this unusual location. Four hours of sound, fire, sculptures, performers and the occasional light, an experience not to be forgotten quickly.
For a moments beak, I was fortunate to experience two extraordinary exhibitions recently. For any visitors or interested minds, I’d recommend checking out Jem Finer’s permanent installation, ‘A Score for a Hole in the Ground,’ a ten metre high steel structure up a steep incline in King’s Wood, Challock, near Ashford in Kent. It’s installed over a seven metre deep well and acts as an acoustic chamber for rainfall. If in London then visit Whitechapel Gallery to see the work of Hans Bellmer, the first major show of his work in this country since his death in 1975. It’s an extremely rare opportunity to view his sculptures, photographs, notebooks, sketches in this outpouring of obsessively detailed work that imagines strangely sexual depictions of the human body, with the craftsmanship of a master.
This week I’m escaping the storms and dashing back to Aix-en-Provence to install ‘Colour Planes,’ my show opening at 3 BIS F there, as part of Arborescence (http://www.arborescence.org) and performing alongside Schneider TM in Marseille. Then it’s directly to Rotterdam and a week of rock and roll studio engagements with Githead to finish writing and recording our second full-length album. By-passing Athens, Denmark and places it’s closing the month with a Parallax Beat Brothers tour. Onward and upward…
See you in November!
::: listen :::
Various: Jukebox Buddha (Staubgold)
Phelan Sheppard: Harps Old Master (Leaf)
Kangding Ray: Stabil (Raster-Noton)
DJ Wally/DJ Willie Ross: Mrs Millers House (The Agriculture)
::: read :::
Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem (FSG)
Patrick Radden Keefe:Chatter (Random)
Janet Cardiff & Georges Bures Miller: Pandemonium (Eastern State)
Rough Trade: Rob Young (Black Dog)
Where the Truth Lies, Atom Egoyan, Canada
Les Enfants du Paradis, Marcel Carne, France
The Assination of Richard Nixon, Niels Mueller, USA
The Edukators, Hans Weingartner, Germany
::: diary dates :::
06 Oct-Cabaret Aléatoire de la Friche Marseille France
20 Oct-Bios Athens Greece
26 Oct-Parallax Beat Brothers: Alsager Arts Centre Cheshire UK
27 Oct-Parallax Beat Brothers Miskin Theatre Dartford UK
04 Nov-Ground Control Aarhus Denmark
11 Nov-52 Spaces Powerhouse Brisbane Australia
18 Nov-Blindscape Beursschouwburg Belgium
21 Nov-Alphaville Teatro Miela Trieste Italy
24 Nov-Nights of London Extravaganza Shoreditch Town Hall London UK
30 Nov-Parallax Beat Brothers Colchester Arts Centre UK
03 Dec-Broken Blossom with Pierre Bastien Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille France
06 Dec-Future of Sound FACT Liverpool
18 Jan-New work with Shobana Jeyasingh Arts Depot London
24 Jan-Future of Sound Sage Gateshead
31 Jan-Light Turned Down with D-Fuse BFI London
01 Feb- New work with Shobana Jeyasingh Brewhouse Taunton UK
05 Feb-New work with Shobana Jeyasingh Royal Northern College Music Manchester UK
08 Feb-Future of Sound Norwich Arts Centre Norwich UK
13 Feb- New work with Shobana Jeyasingh Hawth Crawley UK
21 Feb-New work with Shobana Jeyasingh South Hill Park Bracknell UK
01 & 02 March-New work with Shobana Jeyasingh Mac Birmingham 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 :::
3 BIS F (Lieu d'arts contemporains)
07-14 October 2006
This project explores an idea of landscape and the resonance and meaning of your surroundings. Using the Provence countryside as its inspirational focal point, the images and sound have been distilled into an imaginary narrative, woven into a work that breaks down the visual field into planes of colour and texture. This contemplative work charts a contemporary reading of Cezanne and his visionary eye.
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner
04 February 2006 – on-going
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.