Somerset House Studios
Music

(Inter-) | Friday

ft. MBJ Wetware, x/o, Push 1 Stop & Wiklow and JAY + more TBA

Fri 07 Jun 2019
19.00-23.00
£8.00
New Wing

(Inter-) is a 2-day programme of installations, presentations, panel discussions and live performances exploring image, sound and digital art. Friday’s programme will be an evening of performances and installations featuring artists exploring selfhood, identity and perception. Three live performances including Quantum Native’s x/o and Somerset House Studios Marija Bozinovska Jones’ MBJ Wetware and Canadian duo Push 1 stop & Wiklow, interspliced with JAY (SIREN) on the decks.

FULL PROGRAMMME

PERFORMANCES // 19.00 – 23.30

MBJ Wetware: On Selfhood
Through a series of fragments, [On Selfhood] glimpses into the process of scattering of the western individual subject, caused by multiple factors. Artificial intelligence devices that constantly interact with and assist humans, the breaking down of the human body into its chemical components, quantification, datafication, and exploitation of affect by platform capitalism, have turned the self into an open field in a constant process of becoming.

Virtual voice interface: MBJ Wetware
Music and sound design: J.G. Biberkopf supported by Lithuanian Culture Institute
Programming artist: Jayson Haebich

x/o (live)
x/o is the project of audiovisual artist Veron Xio, who explores themes of healing and identity through butterfly evolution allegories. Her lucid soundscapes are delicate, empowering, aggressive, and cathartic; providing a unique contrast between soft beds of synthesizers and melismatic vocals with distorted and intense percussion. x/o’s debut album cocoon egg – released on Quantum Natives in 2017 – received international acclaim, with The Wire Magazine calling it “a complex, compelling affect hardly heard in digital music.”

Push 1 Stop & Wiklow (live)
Push 1 stop (Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules) & Wiklow (Michael Dean) present Membrane, an algorithmic performance for transparent materials. Membrane is an artwork that merges audio-visual performance with installation art. Three-dimensional, volumetric shapes hover between the performers, caught in a haze of rising smoke. Through live manipulations, the performers engage in a playful exchange with their generative system. The work represents an alternative form of projection art, bringing digital forms into physical space.

JAY (DJ set)
JAY is a night-time thrill, an unplanned visitor, she’s a signpost that says “DESTINY”. A regular at NTS and part of the SIREN collective. Her sounds reflect her unique cultural upbringing and its reaction to the spaces and sounds around her. Heavy drums and enchanting percussion fuel her latin roots whilst hypnotic basslines, sharp, loud and bouncy kick drums enhance the excitable scottish culture. With recent productions on Higglers and Midland’s Intergraded that show a more emotional, deep side to her world, JAY’s sets always develop and groove to the mood.  

FILMS & INSTALLATIONS // 19.00 - 22.00

Inscapes, film
Sabrina Ratte

Sabrina Ratté is a Canadian artist whose practice includes video, animation, installations, sculptures, audio-visual performances, prints and virtual reality. Her work focuses on the creation of architectures, abstract compositions and surreal landscapes, straddling the fine line between the virtual and the physical realm.

Shape of Sound: RKSS, film
SIREN

The Shape of Sound is a video series of 10-15 minute live performances, profiling the talent of six UK-based womxn and non-binary artists. Filmed within Somerset House as part of SIREN collective’s Associate Artist residency at Somerset House Studios, each performance uniquely presents the work of each artist in a new context and shows the ways in which their electronic musical practice interacts with their surroundings.

rkss is an alias of Robin Buckley, a London based sound artist. Their releases on UIQ, Alien Jams, Where To Now? and more have explored the materiality of film sound, YouTube and EDM sample packs through the lens of house, ambient and computer music.

Afro Cyber Resistance, film
Tabita Rezaire

Tabita Rezaire’s work envisions network sciences as restorative technologies which nourish organic, electronic and spiritual visions of connection and emancipation. Navigating digital, corporeal and ancestral memory as sites of struggles, she digs into scientific imaginaries to tackle the pervasive matrix of coloniality and the protocols of energetic misalignments that affect the songs of our body-mind-spirits.

Extension 01, VR installation
Andalucía Roeder

A site-specific installation in virtual reality where you can interact with the objects and take a tour, inviting you to discover an environment that defies limits of the senses and the spatial conception.

Migration Data, audio piece
Ale Hop

Inspired by the radio genre, Migration Data is a narrative radio work built on the basis of testimonies of immigrants who crossed the European borders seeking asylum, cut from newspapers from the past two years. It was released in The Wire Magazine Below The Radar 28 and is an extended version of a piece of Ale Hop’s album Bodiless (Buh Records, 2018).

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