Imperfections: Mistakes, Cracks, Noise Today – live set in Amsterdam

The Sublime Imperfections research collective (Amsterdam) devotes a round table + performance event to aesthetics & discourses of imperfection, mistakes, glitches and noise, repair and distortions. The event is part of a conference that address cravings for imperfection in design, music, art, writing, psychology, and genetics.

Date 12 March 2019
Time 18:00 – 23:00

 

 

Featuring Mieke Bal, Graham Dunning, Linor Goralik, Patricia Pisters, Ellen Rutten, Yuriko Saito, DJ Trish Trash.

12 March, 2019, 18:00-23:00, Sexyland, Ms. Van Riemdijksweg 39, Amsterdam. Entrance is free but space is limited; register via sublimeimperfectionsassistent at gmail dot com. For updates follow our Facebook event.

In recent decades, the trend to present imperfections as a plus rather than a problem has resonated across a scala of social disciplines and a range of world localities. Designers respond to hi-tech perfection with a love for wonky forms. Psychologists tell us to embrace imperfection in a mediatized age. Artists and musicians toy with electronic glitches and cracks. Philosophers and biologists plea against perfection in genetic engineering.

The Sublime Imperfections research collective (Amsterdam) devotes a round table + performance event to these and analogous discourses & aesthetics of mistakes, cracks, and noise today.

At the round table (18:00-20:00), leading thinkers and practitioners of the imperfect interrogate the contemporary craving for cracks, mistakes, and noise. When & why do artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers hail mistakes? Why do shabby chic and urban-ruin cults so easily lead to elitism or poverty porn? What does repair mean in times of love for the non-polished? And is a politics of imperfection and failure an answer to the Trumputin era?

Speakers: Mieke Bal (Amsterdam) – prizewinning cultural theorist, video artist, ASCA-founder!, and author of ao Thinking in Film (Bloomsbury 2013); Linor Goralik (Tel Aviv/Moscow) – designer, fashion scholar, poet and author of Found Life (Columbia UP 2017); Yuriko Saito (Rhode Island) – professor of philosophy, author of Everyday Aesthetics (Oxford UP 2008); Joanna van der Zanden (Amsterdam) – curator, initiator of ao the Repair Manifesto. Moderators: Patricia Pisters (Amsterdam) – professor of media studies, author of ao The Neuro Image (Stanford UP); Ellen Rutten (Amsterdam) – professor of literature, initiator of the Sublime Imperfections project.

The performance program (20:00-23:00) unites performers/DJs with a predilection for cracks, noise, and trash. DJ Trish Trash (Amsterdam) creates music & autonomous work inspired by vintage magazines, graphical and architectural shapes. Graham Dunning (London) works with array of turntables, contraptions, smashed vinyl, recycled objects. Combined his performances – which recently staged in Berlin, Oxford, London, Madrid – draw on rhythm and repetition, experimentation and improvisation. Glice (Amsterdam) – Melle Kromhout & Ruben Braeken – produces dark noise improvisations fused with post-industrial & post-classical sound structures. Curated by Caleb Kelly (Sydney) – media theorist, curator, author of  Cracked Media (MIT).

‘For Bal research is pure marvel, a creative form of thinking where science becomes art’ Metropolis M

‘Windswept and expansive in its bruised intimacy’ Wire Magazine on Graham Dunning

Guests are also welcome at the Imperfections conference of which the event is a part, and which unites 17 imperfection experts and practitioners in cultural and critical analysis, history, literary studies, marketing, design, philosophy, music, art, linguistics, and area studies. The meeting, which brings together specialists from Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and New Zealand marks the conclusion of the NWO research project Sublime ImperfectionsClick here for a program and registration details.

This event is supported by the Netherlands Scientific Organization, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, and the Amsterdam Center for Globalisation Studies.

Register via sublimeimperfectionsassistent@gmail.com (for ‘round table,’ ‘performances,’ or ‘both’).

Sumberge Festival (Bristol) – Talk and live set

Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival takes place 1st – 10th March 2019 featuring diverse artists and musicians working at the edges of digital arts, electronic music and live performance.

Friday 8th march I’m doing a lunchtime talk at Pervasive Media Studios, showing my mechanical techno setup and some of the tech and ideas behind it. Full info here: https://www.watershed.co.uk/studio/events/2019/03/08/making-mechanical-techno

Saturday 9th March I’ll play a live show at Loco Klub alongside Rian Treynor, AJA and Nguyễn + Transitory. Full info here: https://submerge.me/festival/programme/submerge-nights-tactile-sound/

Photo by James Mulkeen

Modified record workshop for Estorick Gallery, London

Adult Art Class: Mechanical Techno

5 March 2019 / 18:30 – 20:30 / Estorick Collection
39A Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN

https://www.estorickcollection.com/events/adult-art-class-mechanical-techno

https://www.facebook.com/events/329192611253913/

Join artist and musician Graham Dunning to learn different techniques to modify three vinyl records to create a mechanical techno composition. Learn about live sampling from records; optical trigger pattern disks and rotating physical sequencer to explore rhythm as pattern and fractions as beats. Finally, each set of three disks will be combined in the tower to create a playable machine-composition. You will get to keep the records you make along with a recording of your live composition.

This class is suitable for all levels of experience.

About the artist
Graham Dunning is a self-taught artist and musician. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. Much of the work evolves through experimentation with different processes: considering the methods by which sounds become music; process as a continuum encompassing both improvisational and procedural methods; and testing analogous processes across different media. Graham has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, Europe and Canada, and exhibited in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and USA.

 

Documentation from the previous workshop at the gallery here:

 

 

Mechanical Techno in Luxemburg

Multiplica Festival. Info & Tickets: https://www.multiplica.lu/actress
1st March 2019

Rotondes is thrilled to announce that Actress, Graham Dunning – Artist and Sensu will make the Multiplica − Une exploration des arts numériques‘s opening night absolutely lengendary!

Dubbed «one of the preeminent and most singular voices in UK electronic music» Actress produces his tracks by melding his obsession with textures, his devotion to Detroit techno and his unequaled beat-matching skills. Actress has also released some of the most widely talked about artists of the emerging bass generation (Disrupt, Zomby, Lukid and Starkey) on Werkdiscs, the label he co-founded. After performances at the Tate Gallery, the Barbican or the ARTE Concert Festival (but before Sónar Barcelona this summer) Actress will be in Luxembourg for one of his legendary, mesmerizing live shows.

With “Mechanical Techno” Graham Dunning deliberately avoids the precision of computer-created music. His record deck is an installation that activates objects and instruments, leaving plenty of room for chance elements and turning sounds into perfectly imperfect music. Each set-up is unique, each performance is one-of-a-kind. Nobody will ever hear what you are about to hear!

Sensu started out as an experimental ambient DJ, but refocused his ambition, adding club music to his palette. Originally influenced by the Berlin techno sound of the nineties, he quickly reached further, always choosing a less direct path to get his message across. Avant-garde and modern classical music are still close to his heart, a love often displayed in his eclectic DJ sets. Over the past few years, he has delved into disco and industrial music.

This event is part of Multiplica − Une exploration des arts numériques. The festival is supported by ING Luxembourg and has Apex, excellence in sound, light & video as its technical partner.

Schedule · Friday, 1 March 2019
20:30
Doors
21:15
Graham Dunning “Mechanical Techno” (Live set)
22:15
Actress (Live A/V)
23:30
Sensu (DJ set)

Snare drum drone solo for Funeral II, London

Rescheduled from last month, the event now takes place on Wednesday 27th February, at New River Studios in London.

Graham Dunning
Solo snare drum from Fractal Meat Cuts’ dubplate conjurer
https://grahamdunning.bandcamp.com/album/keg-bulkhead

Me, Claudius
CD skips over the cliff edge
https://bezirk.bandcamp.com/album/good-diz-bad-bird

Irrational Attitude
Feral concrete mangling from Ashcircle
https://ashcircle.bandcamp.com/album/funeral-demos-mmxviii

£5 OTD
New River Studios
8pm
31/01/2019

Live stream gig for TOPLAP 15th Birthday

 

TOPLAP is an organisation founded in 2004, to explore and promote live coding. Celebrating its 15th year in doing so, a group of live coders are playing live shows across the internet (some from actual gigs in various places around the world) across 84 hours of continuous streaming.

I’ll be doing my bit at 21:30 (UK time), playing using TidalCycles. My set will probably be some quite messy techno, breaks and 2 step. But totally improvised, starting with a blank page — so not sure what will come out.

You can tune into the feed here, running from midday on 14th February.

 

Two gigs in Scotland

This month I’m playing twice in Scotland, my first visit North of the border since playing with Blood Moon in Glasgow over ten years ago. Playing at Whiteroom in Edinburgh on Thursday 7th and The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on Sunday 9th. More information on both shows below.

For these shows I’m playing a new set which has elements of various projects and approaches: including lo-fi sound sources like crackly field recording records and cassette tape loops, contact-miked objects; alongside mechanically triggered electronic drum sounds and live coded sample playback, which includes randomness from the algorithm. Here’s a little clip from my rehearsals earlier in the week:


SoA3: Graham Dunning / Arma Agharta / Shiori Usui / Joe Coghill
Thursday 7th February 2019, 19:00
Whitespace
76 East Crosscauseway, EH8 9 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
[facebook event page]

Sounds of Art #3 presents…

GRAHAM DUNNING

Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes.
Much of his work evolves through experimentation with different processes: considering the methods by which sounds become music; process as a continuum encompassing both improvisational and procedural methods; and testing analogous processes across different media.
Graham has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, Europe and Canada, and exhibited in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives various independent workshops. He has released through Entr’acte, Seagrave, Tombed Visions and more.

https://grahamdunning.com/

ARMA AGHARTA

Arma Agharta is a sound-performance artist and promoter from Lithuania devoted to improvised and
experimental music. With more than 451 performances in his baggage, he is one of the most active performers from Europe. In 2018, celebrating 20 years involvement in the global DIY music scene, he started a world tour, starting in Europe and heading towards North America and Southeast Asia.
His intense, high energy shows span a broad territory between eruptions of chaotic noise and hypnotic psychedelic ritual to dadaist humour, odd bodily movements, spontaneous improvised games and the voice, detached from meaning and turning into unintelligible glossolalia.

SHIORI USUI

Originally from Japan, Shiori Usui is a BBC Proms commissioned composer and improviser based in Scotland. The Times newspaper described her as a composer with “entirely individual ears” after the successful premiere of the piece “Liya-pyuwa” for piano quintet at Wigmore Hall, London in 2006.

Shiori has produced works in radical instrumental music, and has worked with motion capturing sensors and biophysical technology. Many of her compositions are inspired by the sounds of the human body, the deep sea, and many other weird and wonderful organisms living on Earth.
Shiori has been a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2012, Civitella Ranieri Music Fellowship in conjunction with the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary (2010), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Cove Park composer’s residency (2012), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Sound and Music composer-in-residence (2013-2014), Scottish Chamber Orchestra Connect Fellow funded by BBC Performing Arts Fund (2013-2014) for working with children with additional support needs, Ricordi Lab publishing deal from Ricordi Berlin (2016) and Scottish Awards for New Music for large ensemble (2018).

JOE COGHILL

Joe Coghill is a multi-disciplinary artist, musician and experimental publisher, living and working in Edinburgh. He graduated from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art in 2015 with a BA Hons in Time Based Art and is currently studying a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College of Art. His practice explores cultural production within a post-conceptual context often using sound, video, performance, social sculpture, facilitation and media distribution. Borrowing from multiple spheres of influence, his scattered output operates from a liminal position. Coghill works in an improvised and often haphazard way, incorporating disparate field recordings, modular synthesis and other sonic ambiences to create unpredictable and ephemeral multi-layer audio visual performances.

 


 

Mesange, Lauschmann, Dunning, Deere
Sunday 10th February 2019, 19:30
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G25 Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Mésange is a collaboration between composer/violinist Agathe Max and composer/ musician Luke Mawdsley. Mordant musical tapestries (Minimalism, Drone and Ambient) are washed in dense electric skies, exposing signs that flutter and flare in dark elegance.

Torsten Lauschmann’s art is notable for its innovative and idiosyncratic approach across a range of formats including video, photography, sound, online projects, performance and installation. He is interested in the earliest forms of magical and cinematic entertainment, as well as the latest technological advances. He tweaks the mechanics of both digital and analogue technologies, producing works that explore our relationship with machines, as well as our understanding of the moving image and illusion.

Graham Dunning explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes. Much of the work evolves through experimentation with different processes: considering the methods by which sounds become music; process as a continuum encompassing both improvisational and procedural methods; and testing analogous processes across different media.

Leslie Deere is a UK based artist. From Tennessee. Performing Arts Dance Background. Sonic Art. Drone. Lo-fi. Field Recordings. Collage. Sculpture. Expanded Cinema. Photography. Time Medias. Printed Material. Hacking Culture. Interactive Technologies. AI. VR. AR. Gesture Sound. Mesmerism. Post New Age. Post Net Clara Rockmore. Perspective. Immersion. Affect.