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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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When Night Comes 4

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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Framework:Seasonal issue #7

Following the CD release in 2014,  a back-issue of framework:seasonal issue #7, winter 2014 is now available on  Framework Radio bandcamp page.

My composition Post-Industrial Broadcast #1 features in a compilation of thirteen tracks from some wonderful artists.

Many thanks to Patrick Tubin McGinley.

LINK: framework:seasonal issue #7

Martin O’Connor/The Mark of the Beast

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The Mark of the Beast is a collaboration with writer/theatre-maker Martin O’Connor that explores issues/ideas around alcohol and addiction in Glasgow.

Between November 2015 to March 2016, Martin and I undertook a period of research and development, commissioned by GEAC Platform-to-Health and GRAND (Getting Real About Alcohol n Drugs). Working with the North East Recovery Community.

At that time, I composed a sound installation Good Days Bad Days, incorporating the many voices/stories of participant’s experiences. For The Mark of the Beast, I re-visited and re-composed that material for Martin’s live solo show.

***** The Herald (Platform Glasgow)
**** The Wee Review (Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh)

Performances

2018
13th – 15th April, Platform, Glasgow
19th April Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Wave Shift – Radiophrenia

Radiophrenia 2017

Wave Shift – Radiophrenia

I’m delighted that my sound composition Wave Shift will be playing on Radiophrenia on Saturday 18th November at 8.20 pm.

Source sounds for the work include voice,  hydrophone and other field recordings captured during my Sura Medura Residency in Sri Lanka.

http://radiophrenia.scot/november-18th/

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

Martin O’Connor/Building a Nation

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Collaboration as composer/sound designer with writer/theatre-maker Martin O’Connor on his solo show Togail Nàisean/Building a Nation. We toured as part of a double bill with Aisling Oidhche Meadhan Samhraidh/A Midsummer Nights Dream and had a performance at Tramway, Glasgow in 2018. Read more about it at Martin’s website here.

Performances

2018
Glasgow

2017
Lewis
North Uist
South Uist
Skye
Isle of Mull
Glasgow
Edinburgh