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Sura Medura 3

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. Video Jam Colombo Biennale

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

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.

Video Jam Video Clip

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Here’s a short clip from the Video Jam at the opening night of the Colombo Art Biennale. The link takes you through to the Facebook page of Decibel.lk – a Sri Lankan online news, reviews and events site…

Watch clip

Thanks to Decibel for that. And big thanks to Shereen Perera for inviting me to score for Video Jam.

Video Jam at CAB

VideoJam
Video Jam – Live Score/Performance

I am very excited to have been invited to create a live score for the Video Jam event on the opening night of the Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka. I will be responding with a solo vocal performance to a beautiful clip of Sri Lankan film-maker Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Light in the Yellow Breathing Space. 

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The event is on 2nd December 2016 at the ZMax Fairway Hotel roof terrace and is part of the Colombo Biennale Performing Arts Programme.

Here’s the Facebook event .

BBC Radio 3 Exposure

BBC Radio 3 Exposure

I’m very excited to be part of the first programme for a brand new BBC Radio 3 series – Exposure. The programme ‘explores the local alternative and underground music scenes’.

The live event is on 23rd September 2016 in Glasgow at the Glad Cafe. The programme will be broadcast on 29th September at 11 pm and available online for a month.

In Transit at CCA

In Transit at CCA
Zoe Strachan getting into mode during our set up for live broadcast of In Transit at CCA

For our Radiophrenia Live-to-Air collaborative commission Zoe Strachan and I devised In Transit. We performed the new work on 5th September at CCA Glasgow. Also in the event were the fabulous Resonance Radio Orchestra. Big thanks to Radiophrenia!

Sura Medura Residency

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Sura Medura Residency in Sri Lanka

I am happy to announce that UZ Arts has selected me for a Sura Medura artist’s residency. I’m so looking forward to travelling to Sri Lanka in late October 2016 for six weeks. I’ll be developing new work inspired by the environment and community. I’ll also be posting updates over the course of the residency.

Radiophrenia 2016

Radiophrenia

Radiophrenia 2016 Live-to-Air Commission

Over the summer I’m delighted to be collaborating  on a Radiophrenia 2016 commission with writer Zoë Strachan for a Live-to-Air performance.

The temporary radio station will broadcast from 29th August until 11th September 2016. Our live-to-air performance will take place on 5th September at the CCA in Glasgow.

Fine more details about all the commissions and performances at Radiophrenia.

Mark of the Beast dev

Mark of the Beast - Martin O\'Connor

I’m excited to be collaborating with Martin O’Connor to develop his latest poetry performance project Mark of the Beast – a work inspired by Glasgow and its relationship with alcohol and addiction.

From November 2015 – March 2016 we are working with participants from six recovery cafes in the north east of Glasgow (NERC – North East Recovery Community) to develop the work, which will be crafted into a sound installation at Platform at the end of March 2016.