Appendix 008

25 Jun 2020

Our new Appendix feature unpacks references, influences and themes of the week’s online programme and announcements. A Saturday digest of sound, video and written content from across the internet; Appendix is a digital reading, watching and listening list for the extra-curious.

i.) Listen: Newly announced Sonic Terrains resident Zadie Xa speaks to Juliet Jacques for the Suite (212) Sessions, touching on her recent work responding to the Black Lives Matter protests; how she has experienced the COVID-19 lockdown; her performances at the Venice Biennale and Art Night in 2019; and how her work engages with matrilineal heritage, Korean culture and Oriental imagery in western pop culture. 

ii.) Watch: Goodbye Uncanny Valley, Alan Warburton. A video essay that asks the question: what happens now that the battle for photoreal CGI has been won?

Earlier this week, Alan presented Country Diary for the third event in our I Should Be Doing Something Else Right Now Live series. Warburton’s new film work challenges CGI and AR’s move to environmentalism and the ways in which virtual spaces have been used to connect people with nature, critically commenting on tech art bringing people closer to nature through modes such as VR, using equipment with high carbon footprints.

iii.) Listen: Electronic India via BBC Radio 3: In 2018 Paul Purgas found a box of dusty reel to reel tapes in the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. They featured a collection of intriguing electronic compositions made by a series of unknown composers dated from 1969 to 1973. In this documentary Paul sets out to find the musicians he heard on the tapes and to discover more about this little-known chapter of Indian music history.

For this Sunday’s Deep Listen feature, we revisit Paul Purgas in conversation with fellow Studios resident Imran Perretta - a recording taken from Imran’s 2018 The Listening Party series.

iv.) Watch: In Emergency Break Glass, Carmen Aguilar Y Wedge and Ece Tankal of Hyphen-Labs at Eyeo 2018.

Featured as part of yesterday’s Sleep Mode broadcast, Studios residents Hyphen-Labs talk through their co-collaboration and the use of emerging technology in their recent projects, highlighting themes of privacy and surveillance through the lens of speculative design, objects, neuroscience, architecture and virtual reality. Carmen and Ece discuss the design processes behind their project, NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism; the first chapter of a science fiction story placing you in Brooks’ “neurocosmetology lab”.

v.) Watch/Read/Listen: Art Night 2020 Trailers. To mark Art Night’s original 2020 date and to celebrate the Festival’s fifth anniversary, last weekend Art Night presented Trailers — a series of short online works by the 10 artists in the postponed festival programme which features Studios residents Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas, Sonya Dyer, Philomene Pirecki and OOMK.

vi.) Read: Mourning the Letters That Will No Longer Be Written, and Remembering the Great Ones That Were. Book critic Dwight Garner laments the decline in written correspondence in a piece for The New York Times. This week’s PAUSE saw Studios Nastja Säde Rönkkö present ‘6 Months Without’ - a film in which Nastja shares letters written and received during a six month period lived offline whilst in residence at Somerset House Studios.


A collection of letters written by Samuel Beckett.Credit...Niall Carson — PA Images via Getty Images

vii.) Read/Watch/Listen: Explore a selection of films, podcasts and long reads from around the web exploring the legacy of the Windrush Generation, brought together to mark Windrush Day 2020 earlier this week.

Header image courtesy of Alan Warburton