Otti Albietz and Colden Drystone
Doing Looking Working Performing
Saturday 18 June - Sunday 31 July 2016
This exhibition examines the human presence and performance history at
the Pavilion since its opening on 12 December 1935. Showing in parallel
with The People's Pavilion, Our First 80 Years exhibition in Gallery 2,
Doing Looking Working Performing will offer an alternative perspective
of the social and cultural history of the De La Warr Pavilion.
Created during an eight hour, improvised live performance (each hour representing a decade of the De La Warr Pavilion's history) on Saturday 18 June using voice, music, sound recordings and material drawn from the De La Warr Pavilion's archive and the Bexhill Observer archive. A montage of the artwork generated will then be applied to the walls using clay, paint and pins, preserving traces of the performance that created it.
Singer, performer, composer, producer & instrumentalist Otti Albietz was born in Malaga (1984) and grew up travelling throughout Europe and Morocco. Since 2010 Otti has released and toured his music in Otti And The Voices, releasing two recent albums (Bubbytone II & And The Voices) on label BBE. This year he has set up mini-label Pluralbaby, intended to release overlooked sound-work by artists he loves.
His earliest musical experiences were through improvisation, and he has continued investigating the subtle line between ‘composed’ and ‘un-composed’ sound and performance, as well as the meeting of ‘appealing’ and unappealing’ sound sculptures. He likes to think of what is created as ‘Pop for the Human’. The next album has recently been completed, and will be released this coming autumn.
Colden Drystone (b.1984, lives and works in St. Leonards) is an artist, musician, performer and teacher. His work examines human behaviour and the nature of creativity whilst celebrating improvisation as a means to finding freedom. The tension between chance and control is apparent in all his work along with a self-referential humour and quotes from the everyday that fills it with an honest and urgent energy.
Colden was artist in residence at Girton College Cambridge 2014-15 and is represented by Hannah Barry Gallery, London. He has shown widely in the UK and abroad since graduating from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2007. Current solo exhibition, Ahead of Time, will continue until 31 July at Hannah Barry Gallery, London.