Assembly
Somerset House Studios

AMRA (Paul Purgas & Imran Perretta) / NSDOS live set

Part of Assembly

Sat 17 Nov 2018
19.00 - 20.30
£8.00
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

Commissioned with the support of the Case Foundation, Studios residents Paul Purgas and Imran Perretta debut new audio-visual project, AMRA, alongside a performance from Paris-based electronic and dance artist NSDOS.

AMRA is an audio-visual collaboration between Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas. Incorporating electronic sound and analogue media, AMRA addresses South Asian identity, diasporic echoes and archival disruption. The artists will present a live audio-visual performance of AMRA for the first time as part of the ASSEMBLY series.

Performing in the UK for only the third time, NSDOS brings his unravelling of techno music's rectilinear anatomy to the Studios with a performance in which textures are exploded, sounds are mutilated and brought back to their essence. An artist working simultaneously across music, dance, digital art, and instrument building, Paris-based NSDOS - aka Kirikoo Des - takes up residency with Studios based Music Hackspace this November.

NSDOS - DILUTION

Paul Purgas is a multidisciplinary artist working with sound, performance and installation. He has presented projects with Wysing Arts Centre, Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery, and curated performance programmes with Spike Island, De La Warr Pavilion and Arnolfini. Paul is also one half of Emptyset, a London/Berlin based production project with James Ginzburg.

An artist whose work addresses biopower, marginality and the (de)construction of cultural histories, Imran Perretta's multidisciplinary practice is one that encompasses sound, performance and the moving image. He has presented work at Studio_RCA, Jerwood Space, Arcadia Missa and Copenhagen Art Week, and was one of two recipients of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018.

Unrestrained by existing technological tools and softwares, NSDOS creates his own mediums: futurist instruments made of old audio converters (carte son), Gameboy emulators, pieces of metal dismantled and welded together giving form to surreal machines; an approach stemming from his training as a dancer and a desire to create his own sound in order to explore movement. An admirer of the dada and lettrism movements, NSDOS can be considered as the offspring of a DIY culture, ranking artists such as Christian Marclay, Stelarc and Donna Haraway among those who gave him a desire to push the limits of the body, objects and sound.

Whilst in residency with Music Hackspace, NSDOS will host a two-day workshop focussing on the creation of sound and music through data generated by video-tracking and field recordings.

NSDOS' residency is kindly supported by Le Bureau Export.

AMRA is commissioned with the generous support of the Case Foundation.