6th March 2016 | Islington Mill, Salford | 7.30pm - late | £10
We were invited by Islington Mill and Matthew Bourne to curate a mini Video Jam programme in support of Bourne's UK tour, Moogmemory. Our programme consisted of two immersive audio/visual acts exploring landscape and technology.
Following the success of his 2015 Radioland tour, genre-bending pianist Matthew Bourne joins forces with graphic genius Michael England to perform his next project combining analogue electronics, minimalism and video synthesis. Together they explore the resonant, spacey qualities of the legendary Moog Memorymoog and LZX video synthesiser. The result is a beautifully atmospheric landscape of sound and image, taking audiences on a journey from Montauk, New York to the Yorkshire Moors. Using its distinctive analogue sound, Bourne has written a programme of evocative tracks created without the use of computers or sequencers. In collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist Michael England - who has worked with the likes of Autechre, Demdike Stare and Bola – together they will explore the literal and abstract in landscapes through a haunting marriage of controlled voltage.
Tape Talk by Sarah Rowland Hill and Michael CuttingTape Talk is a collaborative piece by visual artist Sarah Rowland Hill and composer Michael Cutting. The work began life as a live duet between a slide projector and a reel to reel tape player, which toured throughout Europe with ACM Ensemble in 2015. It was then adapted into a digital and Super 8 film, shot in an abandoned projector room at Sheffield Picture House cinema. The live audio/visual performance version for this programme consists of an adapted version of the film with slide projector, reel to reel tape player, electronics and shadow play.
Iceland Immersion by Andrew BrooksIn his practice Andrew Brooks uses photography, film and digital technology as a prism for seeing and experiencing the world, particularly the natural and urban landscape. Andrew then processes and builds on what I’ve recorded to create large scale immersive works for an audience. I have recently had my films shown as part of Spectra Festival of Light - Aberdeen, Enlighten Festival of Light and Sound Art - Manchester and Art & Algorithms Digital Arts Festival - Florida. I also have an upcoming film showing at part of the StudioBook group exhibition in Artwork Atelier in March which is a collaboration with sound artist Simon Conner. This Iceland film was created with the support of CuratedPlace.
scored by Polar InstitutePolar Institute bridges classical music, post-rock and modern jazz. The group features piano, cello, flute, voice, percussion and electric guitar, with each member bringing experience from a different musical background. The music was initially inspired by composer Rob Thorpe's experience visiting Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica. The unique landscapes of these places left a strong impression. The isolated, yet vast spaces largely untouched by humans exuded ethereal beauty whilst being haunted by lives lost exploring it. Polar Institute’s music delves into the history of antarctic exploration to document a crystalline beauty that belies a formidable and capricious force of nature.