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Appendix 010

10 Jul 2020

Appendix unpacks references, influences and themes from 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.) ListenDisability And … Race with Alexandrina Hemsley and Deborah Williams via Disability Arts Online. Studios resident Alexandrina Hemsley speaks to writer, producer, digital composer and equality/diversity advocate Deborah Williams. They talk about the historic exclusion of artists of colour from both the mainstream and disability arts worlds, coping strategies and some of the artists working today who they admire. 

Earlier this week, Project O, the collaborative project Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small, presented the online premiere of video artwork, Saved, for our PAUSE feature - a mid-week moment to take in artists’ work in full.

ii.) Watch: Orca: a free to download live coding sequencer. For those interested in making music with code or electronic music production, Orca is a flexible livecoding environment that interacts with your audio software (Ableton, SuperCollider etc.), designed to quickly create music sequencers. You can download it here, with a few tutorials readily available on YouTube:

This week, electronic musician and dance artist NSDOS led an introductory workshop to beat-making using Orca as part of Mutant Promise’s new series - an online programme for progressive music making in collaboration with Somerset House Studios. Watch NSDOS integrate Orca as part of his setup in a live performance at INASOUND FESTIVAL below.

iii.) Read: Heavy handed, we crush the moment: Curator Lotte Johnson speaks to Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small) about her recent commission for the Barbican, artistic collaborations and the impact of the current situation.

Over four nights last November, Johnson-Small - one half of performance duo Project O, who feature as this week’s PAUSE focus - presented a series of genre-blurring happenings in the Barbican’s Pit Theatre, staging a new choreographic work that featured performances by guest artists each night. Focusing on the sensory impact of the live encounter for performers and audience alike, Heavy handed, we crush the moment was an invitation to reflect on boundaries, intimacy, spectacle and the inevitability of movement.

iv.) Read/Listen: Anabasis To Dora, Eloise Hawser. As touched on in her Upgrade Yourself: Peer Exchange session this week, in 2017 Studios resident Eloise Hawser led a series of multi-site visits based on research into unusual and contested spaces, museums and collections around the UK, documented by Hawser here. These visits helped form the background to her Somerset House exhibition By the deep, by the mark.

Listen to a podcast episode following Eloise on an Anabasis to Dora tour exploring London’s infrastructure with a bus trip to Beckton sewage treatment works and Crossness via Thamesmead.

v.) Watch: Elaine Mitchener, The Rolling Calf: Myths and Dreams (Excerpt). Live performance at London's Cafe OTO at the 2nd show of Kammer Klang's 2018-2019 season. Founded by Lucy Railton - who guides us through an hour of music as this Sunday’s Deep Listen - Kammer Klang was a London-based live music series which ran from 2008-2019, presenting curated programmes of contemporary classical, experimental, improvised and electronic music.