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Beton 7 Festival in Athens

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Opening Event

Demosthenes introI was absolutely delighted to be part of the opening of the Beton 7 Festival in Athens on 4th June 2018. The event opened with an introduction by curator Demosthenes Agrafiotis, followed by my solo performance When Night Comes, screenings of Wendy Kirkup’s two films Touches Bloquees and film from a score, and a Q + A session with Wendy and me in conversation with Simon Murray.

After the opening the festival runs from 5th – 17th June 2018. The theme of the festival was “Visions-V_Ideas, Performances”…

“Visions-V_ideas, Performances” celebrates 5 years since its launch at BETON7. In April 2014, it was stated that the set of actions of the festival aimed at exploring the interface between performance and video in the specific frame of the Votanikos neighbourhood – the site of BETON7, Center for the Arts.

A review may be necessary, not in the sense of a conclusion but an assessment for future adjustments. According to a terminology, performance is at the crossroad of the living arts (arts vivants), which rely on the human body as the main tool, in order to found its artistic idiosyncrasy or specificity (dance for example) and the visual arts, where physical elements allow to shape primarily spatial structures (e.g. sculpture). At this crossroad, the video is entering, which is the field, the opportunity to create a new version of what is happening at the aforementioned crossroad from aesthetic and social point of view.”

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Many thanks to Rania and Demosthenes for their invitation, welcome and hospitality.

 

 

When Night Comes

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When Night Comes

When Night Comes is a solo performance created in dialogue with Wendy Kirkup’s art film film from a score. 

In the film, I performed Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. After Wendy’s films were selected to be screened at the Beton 7 Festival in Athens, I was invited to perform at the opening as a response to the film before the screening.

The performance is improvised. I draw inspiration and gestures from both my knowledge of Berio’s score and the compositional and material aesthetic of the film itself.

The performance and screenings originally took place at  the 5th Edition of the Beton 7 Festival in Athens, Greece

Select Performances

2018
Opening of the Beton 7 Festival, Athens, Greece

 

Static Flux at Hidden Door Festival

Static Flux 2 Nichola and Zoë

Zoë Strachan and I performed Static Flux at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh on 29th May 2018.

Static Flux is a sonic seance! In this spoken word/sound piece Zoë and I are exploring narrative and time through chance encounters with remnants, fragments and the ephemera of past lives.

Static Flux was originally created for a live studio broadcast for Radiophrenia in 2017.

LINKS

Hidden Door Festival:  hiddendoorblog.org
Our FB page: FB event page

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Zoë Strachan/Static Flux

Radiophrenia 2017

Static Flux

Static Flux is a radio and performance collaboration with writer Zoë Strachan, which was initially created as a live studio broadcast for Radiophrenia in 2017.

Static Flux focuses on out-of-time memory states, and how they can be both static and in flux. We are interested in exploring narrative Zoë and Nicholaand time through chance encounters with remnants, fragments and the ephemera of past lives. Metaphors for our endeavour include the remnants found in second-hand bags and the pockets of clothing, or in notes scribbled on the back of black and white photographs. There is a melancholy air to these things, but as with any kind of haunting, also the potential for fear, and for deeper connections with our own sense of mortality.

Performances

2018
29th May, Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh

2017
12th November, Radiophrenia

Sonic Bothy Inclusive New Music Ensemble

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I am delighted to have been working with Sonic Bothy  inclusive new music ensemble since January 2014.

Scottish New Music AwardsSonic Bothy was founded by creative director Claire Docherty, and explores, composes and performs experimental and contemporary music. Residencies include CCA/AC, Glasgow and SOUND Festival, Aberdeen.

Visit the Sonic Bothy  website for more information about the project and up-to-the-minute news. Read about

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Performances include:

Recital Rooms, City Halls, Glasgow
Mono, Glasgow
CCA, Glasgow
UNLIMITED, Tramway, Glasgow
ISME conference, RCS, Glasgow
SOUND Festival, Aberdeen
Atelier Public #2, GoMA, Glasgow
Counterflows Festival, The Glad Café, Glasgow

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Moving Out Sunbeach
Sura Medura 3

The final stage of our residency was focused on preparing for our Moving Out event. Overall, the day at Sunbeach was a wonderful combination of visual art, sound, sculpture, video, performance, people, food, beer, Arrack sour, sea, sand, laughing, chatting, sharing…and cake (what a fabulous day for a birthday!).

We were thrilled to have a good local crowd join us for the day, and also delighted that so many people came down from the Colombo Biennale and the University Faculty of Visual and Performing Arts to join us for some or all of the time.

Listening Sabda Saha PinturaIn our exhibition, which combined some finished elements and work-in-progress, my sound work Sabda saha Pintura was available as a headphone installation. Notebook Entry

The title Sabda saha Pintura means sound and picture in Sinhalese – through much discussion this seemed to be the most apt translation for the collage idea I was working with in the piece. Exploring  differences in the English/Sinhalese languages was very intriguing – how or in what way  metaphors or concepts translate, for example, sound, soundscape, landscape,  environment.

During the afternoon an audiovisual tuk tuk tour was running – a collaboration between Natasha (Russell) and me. Three people at a time could hop into Sudu’s tuk tuk Tuk Tuk Tourand take a short round trip to visit Natasha’s work in local shops accompanied by my soundtrack. Big thanks to Sudu and Chinthaka for running the tours.

The soundtrack combined recordings I gathered from those shops – peopleSudu - Tuk Tuk Tour Driver introducing themselves and their businesses, shop sounds, etc – the general store, jewellers, barbers, a fruit and veg stall. I also recorded an introduction to the tour in Sinhalese, with pronunciation help from folk at Sunbeach.

Before a fantastic Sri Lankan curry banquet, I accompanied Samson Omiagien with some live vocals for his performance piece with sculpture, which we had rehearsed  in the lead up to the event.

Video Jam

Later in the final week we headed up the road for the Colombo Biennale. I was absolutely delighted to have been invited by Shereen Perera to perform a live score for Video Jam – an event running as part of the opening night.

My film extract came from the beautifully strange, thoughtful film Light in the Yellow Breathing Space by Vimukthi Jayasundara.Video Jam Colombo Biennale

 

 

 

I still have much to reflect on – such a wonderful thought-provoking time. Thanks to Neil and UZ, Chaminda, Chathura, Hasantha, Kari and all at Sunbeach, Maria and Jack, my fellow artists-in-residence, everyone I met.