Phyte Club - The Light Surgeons
Phytography Workshop with Karel Doing

Unpredictable Series at IKLECTIK

Unpredictable Series presents 19th September 2021 a full-day program including a Phytography Workshop led by Karel Doing; ‘Sound Garden’ an outdoor sound installation and an evening program including a short film ‘Phytography’ by Karel Doing with a soundtrack by Paul Morris, plus two expanded and immersive cinema performances with Karel Doing, Blanca Regina, Steve Beresford, Pierre Bouvier Patron and ‘Atemporal’ by The Light Surgeons premiering in London.


12pm – 5pm Workshop with Karel Doing

5pm – 7pm Radio Garden – Outdoor Installation 

7:30pm (doors 7pm) Live Performances
Phytography by Karel Doing with a soundtrack by Paul Morris  – Short film – (8 min)
Karel Doing + Blanca Regina + Pierre Bouvier Patron  + Steve Beresford
Live & immersive cinema  – Including film loops from workshop participants
The Light Surgeons ( Chris Allen + Tim Cowie)


A short film by Karel Doing – Soundtrack Paul Morris (Duration 8 minutes)

Phytography dives into the rich and varied world of plant chemistry. This collection of organic ‘objets trouvés’ demonstrates how nature generates multiple creative solutions, each one structured intricately. Through the application of a simple chemical process, the selected leaves, petals, and stems have imprinted their own images on the film’s emulsion. Shapes, colours and rhythms whirl across the screen drawing the viewer into a world beyond language and speech. The film taps into a realm of mutualism and generosity, readily available despite the environmental havoc caused by human greed and overconsumption.

Live and Immersive Cinema improvisation performance including loops created by the phytography workshop participants (Duration 30 minutes)

Karel Doing is an independent artist, filmmaker, and researcher currently based in Oxford, UK. “Phytography” is a method Doing developed during research focused on ecology and media, a project that is still ongoing. Phytography enables interaction between the phytochemical properties of plants and photochemical emulsion. Doing’s work has been shown worldwide in micro-cinemas, on stage, and in galleries. He regularly gives workshops in analog film practice and is currently a lecturer in contextual studies at Ravensbourne University London. In many of his works, the rhythmical, painterly, and performative qualities of the analog film medium are foregrounded.

Blanca Regina is an artist, musician, and independent curator based in London. Her focus is on audiovisual projects, ephemera in site-specific installations, and book arts. She is exploring the connections between archive, identity, language, and space. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound & Music, BMC, Amexcid, Photo-España, and Garage Cube.

Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics, and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn, and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack). He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows, and commercials. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art. Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fukuda, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Sarah Gail Brand, Lore Lixenberg, Blanca Regina and many others.

Pierre 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 has been involved in video screenings and video performances, 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, the United Kingdom, Germany, etc.

The Light Surgeons present for the first time in London their show Atemporal on the dual-screen version

“Atemporal 2.0” is a live cinema work by audiovisual artists The Light Surgeons that was created in memory of the novelist, painter, and poet John Berger. It is a poetic audiovisual concert that unites original musical compositions and video artworks created by collaborating audiovisual artists Tim Cowie and Christopher Thomas Allen. Their combined sonic and visual outputs are brought together live across a dual HD projection screen and through a surround sound setup to create a unique performance that reflects on John Berger’s thoughts and philosophies on time and memory. Atemporal 2.0 is simultaneously a musical composition, video artwork, and experimental documentary, it is a dynamic live audiovisual essay that contemplates our human condition while celebrating an important voice in art criticism and cultural thinking.

The Light Surgeons is a media art studio based in East London founded in 1995 by audiovisual artist, director, and creative producer Christopher Thomas Allen working in collaboration with a range of other designers, animators, filmmakers, music composers, sound artists, software developers, and researchers. Over the past 25 years, the studio has produced a wide range of cross-disciplinary audiovisual artworks through the creation of countless experimental films, installation projects, and groundbreaking live cinema performances.

Performances £10 Early Bird / £13 General Admission BUY TICKETS
Workshop £65