Unpredictable Series presents AV Night dedicated to various audiovisual performances, combining digital and analogue approaches with improvisation in each set. For the first time the trio Matt Black, Blanca Regina and Reuben Sutherland perform in London and audiovisual improv set.
Matt Black is half of legendary DJ duo and multimedia pop group Coldcut, formed in 1987, and founders of Ninja Tune, the UK label. In 2015 Ninja Tune celebrated 25 years as one of the worlds leading electronic music labels and a beacon for the independent music spirit. In 2017 Coldcut celebrated 30 years in electronic music with a string of gigs releases and special projects. A new album is coming in 2020. Coldcut are known for innovations in DJing, remixing, mashup, VJing, apps and multimedia. Over 28 years they have combined cutting edge artistic expression with positive activist themes in such pieces as Journeys by DJ, People Hold On, Stop This Crazy Thing, Timber, Atomic Moog, Panopticon, Re:volution, Energy Union, Walk a Mile, True Skool, Robbery and many more. Coldcut have worked with a wild range of artists, activists and other groups and luminaries eg Steve Reich, James Brown, Jello Biafra, Saul Williams, Robert Owens, Lisa Stansfield, Crass, Roots Manuva, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Greenpeace, and Avaaz. In 2011 Matt designed the iOS app Ninja Jamm, Ninjatune’s first music app which has had over 500,000 downloads; Matt uses Ninja Jamm to perform, lectures on apps, technology and music, and does workshops on how people can use the app for their own music. In 2017 Coldcut released 2 more apps he designed, Pixi a visual synth, and Robbery a satirical video game. Midivolve, a music software collaboration with Ableton was released July 2017. At Splice festival May 2017 Matt showcased his experiments with Style Transfer, a cutting edge new style of visual processing using AI techniques. Matt collaborated with artist Wolfgang Buttress (the Hive, Kew) for BEAM AV installation Glastonbury 2019. Jamm Pro his latest app will be released in late 2019. Matt’s stated ambition is to ‘create positive art, music and spiritual technology to blow the minds of the entire planet and catalyse the advance of cooperative strategies’. He continues to gig, lecture, DJ, VJ, record, make films, develop software and bridge the worlds of technology, club culture, art and activism.
REUBEN SUTHERLAND is a New Zealander who lives in Britain. He is an artist and VJ, director specialising in mixing up live action and animation. Sutherland joined with Daniel Heyhurst in Sculpture, a Duo that plays with unstable forms of animation and music live zoetrope-video art performances with a record player and a camera. Hayhurst plays improvised music with tape loops modular and found material and effects equipment. Sculpture has performed in festivals and clubs in Europe. Canada. Musical colaborations include Fear of fluffing, hotdoggrrrl, and sculpture, leaning toward DIY and out of sync loops.
BLANCA REGINA is an artist, tutor and curator based in London. She is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, multimedia installations, photography and book arts. Blanca has lead audiovisual performance art and projection mapping workshops and has curated events internationally. Expanded and Ephemera Audiovisual was her first solo exhibition, presented in México in 2015. In it, she explores the interplay of image, sound and space, digital and analogue media and connects elements of language, identity and archive. Blanca has performed with artists David Toop, Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, Sharon Gal, Mandhira de Saram, Adriana Camacho and Matthias Kispert, also creating a number of films with them. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound & Music, BMC, Amex CID, Photo-España and Garage Cube. Her recent projects include research with the Immersive Pipeline Project at Goldsmith University London and an artist’s residency at Solar, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Kireme is a London based collective duo, Noriko Okaku (Visual) and Akihide Monna (Sound). Their first show untitled no.1 was performed at Barbican Centre, London in 2015 as part of The Station Station Exhibition by Doug Aitken. Monna is a London based drummer from a band called BO NINGEN. He has played many festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, and Fuji Rock. They are fusing disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves and bringing them across the oceans. www.boningen.info Okaku is a London based collage artist whose work incorporates with not only animation but also audiovisual live, installation and everyday products. Her work focuses on the conversation that can be engendered in a relationship between ‘objects and observer’. It is to examine how we, as human, can enrich the comprehension of self and others. This performance is in consideration of memory by use of found film footage.
Resolution is a South East London collective and events series encompassing various mediums, including Surround Sound Diffusion, Audio-Visual Art and a broad range of Experimental Electronic Music, utilising new programming developments and intricate sound spaces. The performance is a collaboration between Charles Vaughan and Henrik Blomfelt. Resolution will be presenting an improvised performance that juxtaposes the analog and digital worlds, with a focus on tape and digital manipulation. We will explore the relationship these opposing formats have with digital processing techniques, such as granular synthesis and exploring digital space. Accompanying this is an audio reactive visual display, controlled and partially created by the live improvised audio. Resolution will delve into layers of detailed sonic and visual ambience, exploring the intrinsic relationship between the two mediums.
Previous A-V event
Unpredictable Series presents A-V Night
This is an evening dedicated to various audiovisual performances, combining digital and analogue approaches.
There will be a trio all the way from Poland. Formed of two duos – kinoMANUAL and Pin Park LIVE – they’ll explore mainly analogue stop-motion techniques and improvised music. Their aim is to achieve optimal sound and structure, using only the unusual architecture and unrepeatable timbres of EMS synthesizers.
http://kinomanual.pl/ – https://pinpark.bandcamp.com/
Karel Doing will present Symbiogenesis: a series of repeated rhythmic musings on nature and culture, often using superimposition. This 16mm projection is combined with live sound, a layering of optical, found tracks, and a collection of rare records played on a prepared Dansette record-player.
https://vimeo.com/267263965 – http://kareldoing.net
The evening will also feature the first collaboration between Alessandro Vangi and Steve Beresford. Vangi will use video filmed in Cairo and computer graphic as tools of the performance. The show will be the result of a combination of many elements that are connected to the human being in different shapes. Steve will explore the inside and outside of the infamous Iklectik piano with small implements and electronic gizmos.
Finally, the evening will feature the premiere of a film by Blanca Regina and Pierre Bouvier Patron. The film, shot in Tenerife, Spain, focuses on the specificity of the volcanic soil of the island. Exploring textures, organic elements and rhythms, this short film dives into the magic elements of this unique land.
‘Unpredictable Series’ presented, on the Friday 22 June, an evening of audiovisual concerts at IKLECTIK in London, with internationally acclaimed artists Sculpture, Zan Lyons, Blanca Regina & Noriko Okaku.
This special event presented:
The new Live A/V and Strings by Zan Lyons, live viola looping over thunderous beats accompanied by intense synchronised films all edited in real time
Sculpture, the duo of electronic music producer, Dan Hayhurst, and visual artist, Reuben Sutherland, on a freewheeling excursion through temporary forms of modern techno, analogue electronics, comic strips, sci-fi, pop, absurdist psychedelia and video art.
‘Triple loop’ is a new audiovisual performance by Blanca Regina where she uses Oracle systems and audience participation to envisage our inner narratives using her voice, electronics, objects and visuals. ‘Triple Loop’ invites Noriko Okaku as a second performer this time. She brings her self-made Derbyshire tarot cards that were produced as an extension of her animation work The Interpreter (2015).
About Blanca Regina & Noriko Okaku
Blanca Regina is an artist, curator and tutor based in London who is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, installations and film. She has performed with numerous artists, including Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, David Toop and Matthias Kispert, and curated a number of events and installations internationally.
Noriko is an artist looking revealing the existence of impalpable reality. In other words, her intention is to evoke imaginary landscape within ourselves by spotlighting the space in between ( ＊ ). and it leads to the acknowledgement of our individual identity. Her video and tangible works are usually composed by layers of collaged elements to generate stories which accommodate the viewer with a wide range of diverse interpretations.
About Zan Lyons
One of the most distinctive audio/visual performers to date, violinist, producer and film-maker zan lyons’ stunning shows have received critical acclaim across the globe. Explosive beats collide with melancholic concertos. Using his laptop and custom foot pedals, Zan loops his violin, voice and sounds – while manipulating his haunting visuals – to incredible effect. Zan’s film making process retains the organic approach established by his music. A one man army, Zan directs, shoots, edits, and lights all of his films himself as well as doing all of the complex animation and visual effects work. The result is hypnotic and otherworldly, bringing a truly cinematic vision to the audio/visual world!
His films have quickly earned Zan high profile recognition with nominations from Lux and the London Short Film Festival and screenings on MTV2 as well as the Cannes, Onedotzero and Raindance Film Festivals. Recently, Zan has presented his work at LEV Festival, Spain. He is also a frequent collaborator with Alec Empire,
Zan plays in empires band ‘the hellish vortex’ and is currently performing live visuals of his own creation the newly reformed Atari Teenage riot.
Trailer of Live A/V and Strings by Zan Lyons
Discovering transitory possibilities in live A/V performance is central to the process of Dan Hayhurst and Reuben Sutherland. Utilizing an ever expanding library of zoetropic prints, Sutherland’s visual turntablism combines mechanical imaging technology with cutting-edge digital techniques in hallucinatory loops and jumps. There’s a clear connection with the chaotic physicality of Hayhurst’s sonics – unstable permutations of tape loops, no-fi electronics and digital sequences played with a battered reel to reel tape recorder, computer, walkman, sampler and FX units.The duo’s forthcoming album/graphic novel, Nearest Neighbour, will be released on their own Tapebox imprint in August 2018.Through 2015 and 2016 Sculpture released tapes on Phinery and Digital Death Records, an animated 8″ lathe cut postcard on Hasenbart Records, a 7″ animated disc, Zyprazol (Tapebox), and a 12″ zoetropic EP, Form Foam (Ana Ott).
Sculpture’s Membrane Pop LP was released in 2014 by Software, a label curated by Daniel Lopatin, AKA Oneohtrix Point Never. A live AV cassette/digital/video splice, Video Plot, followed in October. In January 2014, the duo’s self-released animated 7″ single, Plastic Infinite, became an instant cult artefact.Sculpture previously made two animated zoetrope picture disc LPs for Dekorder records – Rotary Signal Emitter (2010) and Toad Blinker (2011). Their third LP, Slime Code, was released in 2012 on 7 unique cassettes plus digital edition by patten’s Kaleidoscope imprint and later reissued on vinyl by Digitalis.