Joe Snape (1989) uses odd instruments, found objects and electricity to make immersive musical performances, often involving light and text. His work has been presented at festivals and venues including Melkweg (Amsterdam), ACUD Theater (Berlin), Supersonic (Birmingham), Café Oto (London), CMMAS (Morelia), Wonder Site (Tokyo), and The Kitchen (New York City). His work is published by the Kesh and Slip imprints. For 2015-16 he’s a UK Young Artist and a nominee for The Arts Foundation’s Creative Producer fellowship.
Joe studied music at Cambridge, Oxford, and the Institute of Sonology, spent time at University of California Berkeley, and holds a PhD fellowship at New York University. Since 2010, he’s been stockpiling Chinese light bulbs and burning his fingers with a soldering iron. He hails from the great industrial city of Birmingham, England, and lives in London and New York City.
In 2015 Joe was commissioned by Video Jam and Slip imprint to develop a new audio-visual piece with 3 members of former group Wulf Collective (filmmakers Scout Stuart, Paul Daly and animator Thomas Harnett O'Meara) for a UK tour, Spaces, funded by Arts Council England. The resulting work was a 20 minute film in 3 parts entitled Thus Spoke the Wulf, with original music written by Joe across a 6 month collaboration period. The work toured to Wharf Chambers in Leeds (01/11/14), The Vaults in London (08/11/14) and The Kazimier in Liverpool (14/11/14).
Joe has since gone on to collaborate further with Paul Daly, providing the music for short 16mm film Lada, released by Slip. Watch it here.
Watch a trailer for Thus Spoke the Wulf here.