LIVE PERFORMANCE > alpha

Live Performance Event

DIETER MUH

(STEVE CAMMACK) – Steve lives by the sea in East Devon. Steve is a non musician, a noise musician, a nonsician. Steve started making noises back in 1979, experiments on cassettes, Short-Wave Radios, Interferences, synthesiser noises encouraged and influenced by the UK DIY scene and Industrial Music of that period. Most of the 1980’s was spent in the independent cassette culture releasing a variety of tapes with many collaborators. Steve works with manipulated acoustic sounds. Percussion, metals, glass as well as the spoken word. Operating ‘beneath the radar’ (as he prefers to call it) Steve has built a heavy arsenal of releases over the past 39 years under various pseudonyms and with a variety of collaborations. He is most recognised for his involvement in the sound project DIETER MUH and his radio broadcasts as MUHMUR RADIO on Soundart Radio (Dartington). DIETER MUH. have released sounds on labels as diverse as Harbinger Sound, Hanson Records, Tesco Org, EE Tapes, The Epicurean, Xerxes and Sound Holes as well as Steve’s own label Haemoccult Recordings.

https://soundcloud.com/hansonrecords/dieter-muh-stubborn-excerpt-from-hanging-the-blind-dog

KOSTIS KILYMIS 

Kostis Kilymis is a Bristol based artist working with feedback systems and the notion of representation – in musical contexts or otherwise. Sounds based on noise, electronics, voice & field recording. He is involved in the Organized Music from Thessaloniki & Rekem labels, publishing experimental or less known music and sound art. He has worked with the likes of Phil Julian, Sarah Hughes, Leif Elggren, Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Jin Sangtae, Stephen Cornford and others. Work of his has been published on Rekem, I Dischi del Barone, Strange Rules and Coherent States.

https://soundcloud.com/kostiskilymis

ABOUT: ‘alpha’ is the first in a new series of live performance events in Plymouth co-organised by KARST and Electric Knife. All profits and proceedings go to supporting artists and the future development of a new curated programme of live events.

LIVE PERFORMANCE > The Infinite Guide Closing Party

This night of celebration will include an immersive audio-visual performance The Voice of the Sea by Núria Bonet and Coral Manon, followed by DJ sets from Jon Tye and Graham Guy-Robinson – and your last chance to meet and interact with The Infinite Guide [www.theinfinite.guide] developed by i-DAT Collective.

WORKSHOP > Women Reclaiming AI

Workshop primarily for women and people who do not identify as male who are interested in exploring the medium of chatbots and voice assistants for creative / playful speculations.

This project is in response to lack of gender diversity in the development of AI systems.

LIVE PERFORMANCE > Outlands Tour #2 ‘Yunohana Variations’

Yunohana Variations is the second tour in a series of live shows commissioned by OUTLANDS, the new national experimental touring network. This tour is produced by Supersonic Festival Birmingham, and will be arriving in Plymouth at KARST on 4th July.

Improvisational luminaries YoshimiO and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe will be performing together across the United Kingdom for the first time. Yunohana Variations will be supported by local collective Bizarre Rituals.

Though Yunohana Variations have never performed live in the UK together before, they have collaborated to record an album, Flowers Of Sulphur, which was released on Thrill Jockey in February this year.

YoshimiO is a drummer and member of the revolutionary group Boredoms who also plays guitar, keyboard and trumpet. She is the leader of the experimental band OOIOO, a member of Free Kitten with Kim Gordon (ex. Sonic Youth), and most recently the vocalist in SAICOBAB – a quartet who blend ancient Indian musical traditions and instruments with electronics and modern sounds. Known for her ability to improvise in a variety of contexts, YoshimiO has previously performed and recorded improvisational music with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, Jim O’Rourke, and recently with Lowe, and then Susie Ibarra during a series of collaborative performances in New York City, late in 2015.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is strongly rooted in exploration of moments and the hypnagogic state. Movement and gesture play key factors within this process, and in the performance realm are focused on by voice and modular synthesizer. A fixture of Chicago’s experimental community throughout the 90s and early 2000s, Robert has also performed under the name Lichens, is a member of the legendary band Om, and has an impressive portfolio of collaborations, which extends to the film world with his score for pseudo-documentary A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness, directed by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers (which Robert also appears in).

Bizarre Rituals are a collective of artists, musicians, DJs and VJs who are based within or around Devon. Together they throw parties; create EPs, albums, film soundtracks and mixtapes, and do shows on local FM arts and community radio station Soundart Radio, which is transmitted out of an oak tree.

This performance is commissioned by OUTLANDS; the new national experimental music touring network and is supported by Arts Council England and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Outlands #1 ‘Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones’

The internationally renowned US composer, saxophonist, mixed-media practitioner and sonic voyager Matana Roberts (perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, ongoing and unfolding via Constellation Records), and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones, undertook a new live collaboration – the first in a series of special live shows programmed by Outlands.

Roberts and Jones are two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound. Both artists embrace improvisation, resist accepted narratives of sound, are community-minded and believe in democratic, shared, free-music making that erodes barriers. In other words, they perfectly embody what Outlands is striving for.

Roberts and Jones weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.

WORKSHOP > Experimental Music Workshop with Kelly Jayne Jones

The internationally renowned US composer, saxophonist, mixed-media practitioner, and sonic voyager Matana Roberts (perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, ongoing and unfolding via Constellation Records) and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones, undertook a new live collaboration – the first in a series of special live shows programmed by OUTLANDS.

Roberts and Jones are two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound. Both artists embrace improvisation, resist accepted narratives of sound, are community-minded and believe in democratic, shared, free-music making that erodes barriers. In other words, they perfectly embody what OUTLANDS is striving for.

Roberts and Jones weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.

TALK > PAC Home Talk: Mike Ballard

Mike Ballard gives a talk at Plymouth Art Centre on his practice and how working at KARST will develop this.

Mike Ballard will provide further insight into his practice, and open discussion into his ideas and developments during his residency.

Ballard’s practice is inspired by the abstract compositions found in the urban environment, as well as the territorial gestures that divide public and private space.

CONFERENCE > OPENING > The Research Stomach

13 International artists have gathered at KARST for 3 days, to develop an exhibition on the processes of their artistic research, as part of ‘Artistic Research Will Eat Itself’ the 9th Society for Artistic Research conference.

The group digested each other’s ideas and worked to produce an exhibition.

TALK > Bitesize Talk

Hannah Slogget and Wendy Hart from Stonehouse Action Group.

Stonehouse Action are a group of local residents volunteering together to celebrate and improve the local area through activities such as the annual Union Street Party.

CONFERENCE > Postgrad with Lizzie Lloyd

Lizzie Lloyd is Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England, and co-founder and convener of the Art Writing Writing Art research cluster at the University of Bristol. Her PhD enquiry is entitled ‘Subjectivity and Art Writing’.

 

WORKSHOP > Syllabus III > Southwest

A workshop with artists who bring forward ideas for the Syllabus III programme.

Syllabus III is a peer-led alternative learning programme supporting ten artists across ten months. Alongside staff and artists working with each of the partner organisations, the artists selected to participate brought forward ideas to the programme and actively contributed to its delivery.

LIVE PERFORMANCE > Be Your Dog

Featuring: (Dogs) Dave, Zebadee, Lucy, Polly, Barny, Obi plus their counterparts James, Verena, Monica, Phaedra, Paul and Beth.

In partnership with the Live Art Development Agency, ‘Be Your Dog’ is a project that aims to transcend the hierarchies of pet and owner. The project sees humans and their dogs aim to demonstrate a connection with each other based on mirrored actions that demonstrate empathy and equality.

This public event is a result of workshops, and you may see pairs sitting or laying together, looking in each others eyes, or involved in small reciprocal actions. Of course this might not happen, as all are collaborators and the dogs will bring their own contribution to the work, but whatever happens you will see collaborating pairs being responsive in whatever way they deem right.

LIVE PERFORMANCE > Space Interface II i-DAT Redux

Live Immersive Visual Audio Jam at the IVT (Immersive Vision Theatre).

The IVT is a transdisciplinary instrument for the manifestation of material and imaginary worlds.

Collaboration between Eberhard Kranemann/Mathew Emmett + Mike Philips/Luke Christison explores poly sensory immersive reality for the fulldome architectural experience.

OPENING > LIVE PERFORMANCE > Space Interface II

Kranemann and Emmett synthesise hybrid space through mixed reality performance.

Kranemann and Emmett act cooperatively to acculturate the audience’s perception of physical space by creating a multi-level immersive environment in which the performers and audience are encouraged to simultaneously occupy multiple points on the mixed reality continuum.

Among Remote Lost Objects

An acoustic relationship that unsettles the relationships between our senses.

Among Remote Lost Objects is an acoustic installation that unsettles the relationships between our senses. A sound-deadening ‘room within a room’ occupies KARST, creating the feeling of being within and underneath. The inner surface of this chamber is made from recycled wool textiles, resonant with memory and primal association. The chamber oscillates between total darkness and light, unsettling and disorientating the viewer, yet surrounding them with warmth. Outside, KARST is flooded with echoing sound, light and air.

 

The blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari will perform a score written by composer John Matthias in response to this work. Andrews, Matthias and Oruwari have collaborated on a vocal score first generated in the anechoic chamber at UCL, exploring loss, resonance and non-resonance through voice and violin. Matthias has developed this piece through a ‘neurogranular sampler’, a digital processing programme that mimics the action of neurons in the brain to produce music rich in memory and texture.

 

Oruwari will perform with the work on the opening night and every afternoon on the half hour between 12.30 and 4.30 pm. The performance lasts approximately three minutes. At other times you are free to experience the chamber for as long as you wish, numbers permitting.

 

Among Remote Lost Objects was first built at ROOMartspace in London during May 2015.

COUNTER

Counter draws together artists, collectives and book works to make friends, sell books, buy books,share work, share knowledge, learn something new, start conversations, ask questions, try to find answers and exchange ideas.

Counter is run by an independent band of Plymouth based artists. We are keeners, fans, and D.I.Y enthusiasts.

The Counter Programme consists of:

Ladies of the Press are a London-based performative publishing duo, performing on and off the page. Past gigs include Tate Modern, ICA, Science Museum. LOTP* will be documenting the event with their Live Press and creating a zine which they will freely distribute at the end of the day.

AMBruno – an alliance of artists brought together by a common interest in the medium of the book in 2008. Previous exhibitions and fairs include Leeds Artists’ Book Fair 2015, Berliner Liste 2014 and NY Art Book Fair 2009. Marco Cali from AMBruno will present a performance lecture during Counter.

Maria White – independent artists’ book specialist, previously Chief Cataloguer and responsible for the artists’ book collection at Tate Library. Maria is presenting a small selection from her private collection of artists’ books and will talk about the works she’s brought to Counter and how she has developed her collection.

Please visit the website at: http://www.counterplymouth.com/

SCREENINGS > Artist Film Screen 2015

Showcasing a selection of international contemporary artist films

Developments in digital technology during the last decade, in particular, have greatly advanced the aesthetics, accessibility and distribution of artist film and video. In response to the subsequent surge of interest in the medium, the screening programme celebrates work by artists working with moving image. Films have been chosen by a panel of specialists, (Jordan Baseman (Artist, Filmmaker), Francis Gooding (Film Historian, Writer), Erika Balsom (Writer, Lecturer) and include a wide-range of single-screen films, including short films, performance, and artists video.