Somerset House Studios

Music Hackspace: Ritual Laboratory Summer Series

a technology to transform consciousness

31 Jul & 30 Aug 2019
18.30 - 21.30
Pay What You Can

The work of our artists is valuable and our events cost money to produce, but we also want them to be as accessible as possible. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to pay what you can for this event.

New Wing

We continue our series of participatory rituals throughout summer. Based on the 12 mythic Labours of Herakles.

Forming part of an ongoing research and development project, each event considers the relationship between sound and movement performance, and altered states of consciousness.

Each session of the laboratory focuses on balancing a sequential zodiacal energy. We begin with Aries – The Head (Thoughts) and work down to Pisces – The Feet (Deeds). The summer series includes: Gemini (Polarity), Cancer (Intuition), Leo (Expression) and Virgo (Cultivation).

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In each session we will utilise a variety of techniques that function as rites of passage.

The embodiment of each myth functions as an interface, to construct the components of ritual form, and to explore the subjective impact of trance inducing use of sound, movement, light, scent, and embodied narrative.

Each Labour of Herakleos as narrative score, catalyses a dialogue between musicians and performers, facilitating an immersive experience of the myth. These 12 Labours share significant parallels with the astronomical movement of the Sun, projected through the symbolism of the zodiacal constellations in a calendar year. Harnessing the cyclical changes in our natural environment as a basis for structure and objectivity, we aim to fall into rhythm with the cycles of the natural world.

An experimental laboratory of 12 events. No prior knowledge required. Everyone welcome!

We will begin each session  by sharing a discussion regarding the symbolism of the myth, and how the Labour will play out. Secondly we explore features of trance induction, hypnotic phenomena and their role in creative practice. Lastly we will perform the myth together, and share feedback afterwards.

Instrumentation will vary as we explore the intersection of traditional trance instruments and contemporary production tools.

The venue is located on the ground floor of Somerset House and is fully wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet. If you have any other access requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.