FRIDAY 22 APRIL
Sophie Fishel Skiddley Bop
FOUND Collective Cybraphon
Void Vector Supercell
Sophie Fishel Skiddley Bop (2011)
Skatting is to sing with no words and is an expression of joyful abandon. Skiddley Bop is a film to remind the viewer that each human being has the ability to improvise and to create noise, music and rhythm purely using their own body.
Sophie Fishel’s main body of work often features humour and is essentially an exploration into the human condition. It encompasses broad preoccupations ranging from characterisation, consumerism, and death, to subtle and sometimes sinister observations of everyday life, all of which can be categorised under the subject of the abject.
FOUND collective Cybraphon (2009)
Edinburgh-based artist collective FOUND (Ziggy Campbell and Tommy Perman) have teamed up with Professor Simon Kirby and created a robot band called Cybraphon.
Inspired by early 19th-century automatic bands such as the orchestrion and the player piano, Cybraphon is an interactive, mechanical band in a box. It comprises a number of acoustic instruments, antique machinery, and found objects from junk shops, played by over 60 robotic beaters and motors, all housed in an antique wooden display case.
But unlike the orchestrion and player piano, Cybraphon is emotional. Cybraphon’s repertoire has been composed especially by FOUND and spans a range of emotional states. Just like FOUND, Cybraphon is image-conscious and moody, and the music it performs depends on what state of mind it is in.
Cybraphon wants to be popular. By going to its website you affect its mood and the kind of music it plays. Cybraphon regularly checks its MySpace page, worries about how many fans it has on Facebook, looks up its website stats and obsessively Googles itself to see what people are saying about it.
For example, a good review in a local newspaper, will almost certainly cheer up Cybraphon and encourage it to play happier songs. However, Cybraphon is an insecure, egotistical band: a good review will cheer it up for a while, but once the initial excitement dies down it will soon become disillusioned if its fame does not continue to rise.
“Jane Ormerod’s magnificent work belongs in a grand poetry museum on a heavily-populated space station outside Earth’s predictability. One of the most imaginative, persistent poetry visionaries, she breathes fresh perspective into the ears of every life form she comes across in the universe. Her signature style is beyond belief moving light speed with an
astoundingly unique beat and the ability to communicate with complete command of language” says Daniel Yaryan, Producer of the San Francisco poetry series Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts. Born on the south coast of England, Jane Ormerod moved from London to New York City in 2004 and is regular on the New York poetry and spoken word circuit.
Shelley Parker is a DJ/producer and sound installation artist based in London. She also runs Structure, an experimental electronic label and events programme. Her sonic practice is directly influenced by bass culture, in particular, the Hardcore Continuum and it’s potential connection with contemporary sound art. She has performed at Fabric, Tate Britain and Frieze Art Fair and produced sound installations for the Victoria & Albert museum and CT Editions.
For Random Fridays she will perform a live set of environmental recordings sourced from audio samples recorded on the roof at the De La Warr, layered with minimalistic beats and bass driven drones and noise. Similar to her sound installation Bird Cage as part of a nod to Cage, she explores the acoustic space inherent in the architecture of the building, along with her signature style of distortion, found sounds and low end bass frequencies. http://www.shelleyparker.co.uk
Void Vector Supercell: A Mixed Media Digital Installation for Sound, Light, Air and Software
A Supercell is a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone; a deep, continuously-rotating updraft. Taking this as a staring point, this work illuminates the hidden by-product of household machines through the combined use of magnetic pick up coils, transducer speakers, self-authored software and kinetic sculpture. As the coils are lifted by the air currents emitted by the fans, they are blown in and out of the magnetic fields created by the motors. These changes in magnetic force are converted to an audio signal. This audio is then routed to transducer speakers that physically shake large sheets of steel which is sent to the software.
This uneasy feeling, of a system on very the brink of chaos and a potential energy that could arc into existence at any second - is the essence of Supercell. http://supercell.virb.com/videos