Mykki Blanco
Event
Somerset House Studios

AGM

Feat. MYKKI BLANCO, CHICKS ON SPEED, SAM WILLIAMS AND ROLY PORTER AND MORE

Fri 04 Oct 2019
19.00 - 00.00
£12.00
New Wing

Artist performances, installations and DJs across three subterranean levels of Somerset House usually hidden to the public.

Advance tickets for AGM are now sold out, however a limited amount of tickets will be available in person on the night on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

This October Somerset House Studios turns three, and this year’s AGM once again opens the building up for one night only, with a performance-led programme exploring states of temporality and continuous change.

LINE-UP: MYKKI BLANCO, CHICKS ON SPEED, SAM WILLIAMS AND ROLY PORTER, ZUZANNA CZEBATUL, PHILOMENE PIRECKI, VIVIENNE GRIFFIN, ROWDY SS, ERICA SCOURTI, JACOB SAMUEL, JULIET JACQUES, HANNAH PERRY, PAUL PURGAS, ANNA MIKKOLA, RKSS, DÉCALÉ AND MORE.

Movement, flux, decay; works seen to materialise and dissipate, where beginnings and endings are blurred; encounters beyond the gallery, stage or club which might be experienced only in part, yet squarely locate the audience in the here and now.

Internationally renowned musician, performing artist, and LGBTQ+ activist Mykki Blanco presents special performance following a short residency at Somerset House Studios.

Chicks on Speed’s Melissa E. Logan and Alex Murray-Leslie in collaboration with Anat Ben-David and Tina Frank, perform a real-time assemblage of collected documentation from our environments to generate sounding visual art. 

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Chicks on Speed, image credit: Chicks on Speed

Erica Scourti is joined by members of experimental vocal ensemble Musarc to present a new poly-vocal performance drawing on (mis)interpretations of fragmented video diaries to explore impersonal intimacy and dynamics of sharing, over-hearing and withholding in practices of self-citation.

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Erica Scourti, image credit: Jay Parekh

Developed in residence at Somerset House Studios, visual artist Sam Williams and musician Roly Porter collaborate for Salvage Rhythms, a performance drawing on systems of archaeology, mycelial networks, composting and non-human relationships to explore different possibilities of survival and connection.

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Salvage Rhythms, image credit: Sam Williams

In the River Rooms, a sculptural audio-installation by Jacob Samuel uses indisposable yet throwaway consumer materials to play scores of emotive audio. Farmed from open source platforms, different rhythms, melodies and speech phase over time, amplified by their physical counterparts.

Philomene Pirecki presents a new multi-channel audio visual installation drawn from research into the phenomena of frisson or ‘skin orgasms’, their stimuli and physiological effects. Vivienne Griffin’s site-specific drone installation Codependent Frequencies modulates in tone as the staircase of the building is ascended and descended, and Zuzanna Czebatul’s work T-Kollaps fills the interior of the River Rooms with inflated toy-columns as if with elements of ancient ruins suffering decay. 

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T-Kollaps, image credit: Bartosz Gorka

In the basement, the Paint Room features a takeover by Décalé (meaning displaced in place and time), a club night and platform run by Chooc Ly and Anne Duffau (A---Z) for nocturnal creatures, loud existential insurgents and disobedient children where audiences can encounter experimental, collapsing and flawless sounds and visuals. Line-up features Alpha, Chooc Ly, Ifeoluwa and Jaeho Hwang with VJ Claudio Giambusso.

In the vaults, Juliet Jacques reads from her forthcoming short story collection that documents the history of trans people in the United Kingdom.

Throughout the night, sound and movement artist Rowdy SS brings Balance, an ongoing work-in-research - with live sound text by Rebecca Bellantoni - which explores our uses of 'self' and asks: how are we using space? How is space using us? 

AGM features DJ sets from Studios residents Hannah Perry, Anna Mikkola, Paul Purgas and rkss, and will also offer for late night access to Gallery 31, Somerset House Studios’ new permanent exhibition space.

Since October 2016, the Studios have nurtured a unique community of over 300 artists and makers who’ve inspired a boundary breaking programme of events, workshops and exhibitions rooted in art, music, subversion, critical thinking and the celebration of counter cultural movements.

AGM is a multi-room event with artists performing across different spaces throughout the night. Access to any given space will be on a first come first served basis. 

AGM is supported by the Adonyeva Foundation.

Please note this is an 18+ event.

The Chicks on Speed performance is supported using public funding by Arts Council England