Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, from San Francisco aided and abetted by many others. In their recordings and live performances from 1995, Matmos have used the sounds of:
amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, a bowed five string banjo, slowed down whistles and kisses, water hitting copper plates, the runout groove of a vinyl record, a $5. 00 electric guitar, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, violins, rat cages, tanks of helium, violas, human skulls, cellos, peck horns, tubas, cards shuffling, field recordings of conversations in hot tubs, frequency response tests for defective hearing aids, a steel guitar recorded in a sewer, electrical interference generated by laser eye surgery, whoopee cushions and balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones on a dinner plate, Polish trains, insects, ukelele, aspirin tablets hitting a drum kit from across the room, dogs barking, people reading aloud, life support systems and inflatable blankets, records chosen by the roll of dice, an acupuncture point detector conducting electrical current through human skin, rock salt crunching underfoot, solid gold coins spinning on bars of solid silver, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal and the vagina, uterus, and reproductive tract of a cow, among other things.
Thursday 21 April
Katy introduces some of her favourite artist’s film and moving image work, plus, best-loved cinematic highlights. This programme features a selection of art films and movies that have influenced her practice and her thinking about filmmaking. Featured artist’s films include Andy Parkman Neptune 2008, Mark Leckey Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore 1999, Sadie Benning It Wasn’t Love 1992 and Josephine Flynn Stuff 3 2003. Highlights from cinema include beginnings, middles and ends from (amongst others) John G. Avildsen Rocky 1976, Jim Jarmusch Stranger Than Paradise 1984 and Werner Herzog Stroezek 1977.
Currently showing as part of Again, A Time Machine, in the second gallery at Eastside Projects, Dora Garcia discusses her project and wider practice. This is a FREE event as part of Extra Special People‘s Programme.
Also, next week we have a screening hosted by Katy Woods.
Thursday 21 April
Katy introduces some of her favourite artist’s film and moving image work, plus, best-loved cinematic highlights. This programme features a selection of art films and movies that have influenced her practice and her thinking about filmmaking. Featured artist’s films include Andy Parkman Neptune 2008, Mark Leckey Fiorcucci Made Me Hardcore 1999, Sadie Benning It Wasn’t Love 1992 and Josephine Flynn Stuff 3 2003. Highlights from cinema include beginnings, middles and ends from (amongst others) Harmony Korine Gummo 1997, John G. Avildsen Rocky 1976, Jim Jarmusch Stranger Than Paradise 1984 and Werner Herzog Stroezek 1977.
The 2011 old bird racing season kicks off this Saturday 16th April. The pigeons will be flying from Bath, 75 miles (1402 yards) from Project Pigeon’s loft. The birds will be marked and collected by a transporter on Friday night and will be released with thousands of other birds from Birmingham on Saturday morning.
The time of release is not known by anyone until the birds are in the air. They should take about an hour and 10 mins (we hope! About a mile a min). I will be at the pigeon loft (Milk Street, Digbeth) from 9am to 3pm (anxiously waiting!). If you would like to know the exact time of the pigeons arrival (or the first pigeons arrival!) please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number and I will call you on Saturady morning when I know the pigeons have been released. I would guess it will be between 9.45am and 11.30am. But if you just want to come and see the loft and see all the baby pigeons that we have etc then come at anytime between 9am and 3pm. Please be quiet when you come into the space just in case we are at the critical moment of getting the birds in from the race and clocking them in!
Some Project Pigeon Syndicate pigeons will be racing so fingers crossed that our members pigeons do well!
In one of those unexpected speaker/venue combinations (see also Crispin Glover at the Light House), American producers Ted Hope and Christine Vachon are guests of honour at a special networking evening at the Spotted Dog on Warwick St in Digbeth this Thursday 7th April, from 6pm. Between them they’ve been responsible for a big chunk of interesting American cinema over the past couple of decades, including the likes of American Splendor, Kids, Boys Don’t Cry and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (pictured) as well as assorted movies by Ang Lee, Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz and many others. The evening is supported by Staffordshire University and Swish Productions, and costs £10 or £7 concessions. [via Film Birmingham]
For 16 days from April 1st 2011, Tether will be stationed at The Lombard Method in Birmingham. The Nottingham based collective will work towards creating 16 new works that seek to interfere with the Lombard Method and the way people interact and react within it. Through permanent and time-specific alterations, the works will address abstract concepts of space, time and history, placing diverse happenings or ephemera alongside each other in a non- linear format.
Tether’s interferences will attempt to hinder, obstruct and impede; travelling through time, interrupting moments that have, will and could happen between April 1st and 16th. The group’s collaborative practice embraces the ‘muddle’ that comes from pushing, condensing and concentrating things to see how the process can lead a community of people into the production of something.
Give Me Liberty or Give me Death!
Members of Tether give tangential talks at The Lombard Method, 8-10pm
Demise & Legacy.
Friday night event with a specially devised cocktail. From 8pm
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s trip to space. From 8pm
End of Days
All events are free. For more information about the events contact email@example.com.