Unpredictable Series looks at spontaneous music and art: the archives of pioneers and the creation of new works. We create festivals, exhibitions, performances, talks, publications and workshops engaging audiences in new ways of making and understanding music and art.
Unpredictable Series was created in London in 2013 by artist & curator Blanca Regina and free improviser & composer Steve Beresford. Pierre Bouvier Patron later joined them, focusing on experimental film and performance.
Collaborators and guest curators include Jack Goldstein (illustration & music), Tomi Osuna (design), Karel Doing (film performance), Sharon Gal (music & art), Gina Southgate (live painting and performance), Terry Day (music & art) and many others.
Current projects include ‘Unpredictable Radio’ (live streaming sessions) and ‘Strange Umbrellas’, which presented unique events of experimental music, free improvisation, film and art, in London and elsewhere.
One of our recent projects is Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers: a collection of 12 videos that have grown out of deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation, its history in the UK and its international connections. The videos respond to the urgent need to investigate the genre and its rich legacy. The series was commissioned by Sound & Music for the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection.
In 2017 we presented Art of Improvisers Extended at Cafe Oto, London, in collaboration with The Wire 400 and supported by Arts Council England. Also in that year we presented Sonic Waterloo in collaboration with Iklectik.
In 2016 we organised the Alterations Festival in London – a blast – and two ‘Strange Umbrellas’ events in Berlin.
In 2015 we presented ‘Art of Improvisers’ and ‘Terry Day and Friends’.
We’ve presented a series of events in London at Cafe OTO, OTO Projects, Iklectik, Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Waterstones and Portland Hall (CREAM/ University of Westminster). Supporters of our projects include Cream, Crisap, Sound & Music, and Arts Council England.
Unpredictable Series is registered in England as Community Interest Company.
Artist - Curator
Steve has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink,Christian Marclay and Alterations.
His work with Marclay has included mixed media pieces like ‘Screen Play’, ‘Ephemera’, ‘Graffiti Composition’, ‘Shuffle’, ‘Pianorama’ and ‘Everyday’. He has also written songs, scored feature films, TV shows and commercials.
Steve has worked with hundreds of people, including The Slits, Stewart Lee,Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide, The Portsmouth Sinfonia and John Zorn. He has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, composer and producer, and was was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Artist - Curator - EducatorBlanca is an artist, teacher and curator based in London. Her research and practice is heterogeneous and encompass expanded cinema, free improvisation, graphic and moving image, photography and performance art. In 2014 she joined as lecturer the School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent. For several years she was a visitining research fellow at the University of the Arts, London, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2011 to 2014. She has performed with various artists, including Terry Day, Leafcutter John, Beresford and Matthias Kispert and curated a number of events and installations in London and internationally. Her last solo exhibition: ‘Expanded and Ephemera Audiovisual’ was presented at MUPO, Oaxaca, México in November 2015.
Pierre Bouvier Patron
Artist - FilmmakerPierre Bouvier Patron is a visual artist based in London.
He is currently working with different media such as digital video and film, exploring the boundaries between them and creating moving image works, performances and installations. He has developed many practices and skills in various areas such as experimental film, documentary films, music videos, etc. He studied cinema at the Université Lyon II Lumiere of Lyon.
He has been involved in video screenings and video performances, in solo or in collaboration with musicians such as Syd Kemp, Neil’s Children, artist Blanca Regina, and many others. His work has been shown in France, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, etc.
His latest works include: Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers, a series of 12 videos about improvisers in the UK. It also include an extensive participation with collectives such as Unpredictable Series, Strange Umbrellas, and a number of festivals including Sonic Waterloo, Art of Improvisers, Alterations Festivals among others.
Artist - Musician - MusicologistJack Goldstein makes Experimental Lo-fi Power Pop/Emo. His latest record, entitled ‘Sandwiches’, is a Brian Wilson-esque song-cycle set in an imagined interzone near the Oxford that Goldstein grew up in. His previous record, ‘Tonic Of Wilderness’, was described as “a quiet triumph; a….collage of sound taking in so many moods, emotions and samples that it’s hard to keep track”. He is also a musicologist and academic at Goldsmiths University and was awarded the Bob Gilmore Prize for Outstanding Work in Musicology for his dissertation on the influence of politics and brass bands.
He has also written on pop, experimental and improvised music.
Artist - Filmmaker - CuratorKarel Doing has been working independently, creating experimental films, documentaries and performative pieces focusing on sensorial, semiotic, post-colonial and environmental topics. Doing’s work has been shown worldwide in cinemas, on festivals, in galleries, museums and on stage. He continues to make and show new work in a variety of contexts and has given workshops and lectures internationally at Willem de Kooning Academy, Piet Zwart Institute, KABK, Nordland Kunst og Filmfagskole, FAMU, University of East London, Ravensbourne College
In his thesis ‘Ambient Poetics and Critical Posthumanism in Expanded Cinema’ Doing maps and enquires the possible overlaps between these different fields. In conclusion he proposes new forms of humility, doubt and listening to be advanced in today’s over-confident and exploitative human culture.
Artist - Designer - PhotographerTomi Osuna has created image and sound works since 1985 and has worked in cinema, theatre and performance.
He has produced photography and design for architectonic work, graphics, artistic and editorial works and is very experienced in audiovisual and graphic production. His photographic work emerges from his inquisitive way of looking, trying to discover what there is at the other side.
As an artist he has taken part in many exhibitions and art fairs such as Arco, Basilea, Turín, Miami and Oporto.
As a producer he has organised a number of events and is co-director of Mademotion. He has taken part in the design and production of Alterations Festival, Sonic Waterloo and Los Domingos Al Son in Madrid.