As well as getting you hyped for Supersonic Festival with the heavy sounds of Kevin Martin (as King Midas Sound System, performing as The Bug in October) and JK Flesh, we’ve taken the opportunity to programme some exciting sounds from some of Birmingham’s own experimental sound artists.
Lee Howard performs as Iron Fist of the Sun. Expect bitter cold contemporary power electronics with references to black metal and extreme noise – just don’t dare call it ‘Art Noise’!
As well as getting you hyped for Supersonic Festival with the heavy sounds of Kevin Martin (as King Midas Sound System, also performing as The Bug in October) and JK Flesh, we’ve taken the opportunity to programme some exciting sounds from some of Birmingham’s own experimental sound artists for this exciting taster event.
One of these will be percussionist Laurence Hunt. Best know for his work with Pram and Modified Toy Orchestra, Laurence will be performing a new solo project – here’s a glimpse and what you can expect.
From 6th-10th August the Craftspace Collective will bring 15 new arts graduates to the City Centre to produce original temporary new artworks for In:Site, a graduate festival of creativity. Birmingham Cathedral grounds will be transformed by young artists who will fabricate creative surprises in familiar surroundings.
Exploring Sculpture: Making Faces
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
Wednesday 25 July, 2–4pm
Learn more about contemporary art as you explore sculptural materials in a hands-on, artist-led, family workshop. In this practical session children will have the chance to transform clay and plaster into colourful creations inspired by Eastside Projects’ current exhibition ‘Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker, Alice Channer’. Suitable for children aged 5–11. Children must be accompanied by an adult and need to be dressed to get dirty! Places are free, but limited, so must be reserved in advance by contacting the gallery. To book call 0121 771 1778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Science Talk: Seeking Serendipity
Wednesday 18 July, 6.30-8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
Dr. Stephann Makri from University College London Interaction Centre and Dr. Debbie Maxwell from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee introduce an event that aims to provide you with an understanding of the slippery, subjective phenomenon of serendipity and its importance in your work and everyday life
Serendipity is an important influence on our lives, but we often don’t stop to think about it. It is a phenomenon where unexpected circumstances and an ‘aha’ moment of insight result in a valuable outcome. Perhaps serendipity has played a role in how you met your partner or in your career progression? Or perhaps it plays a more subtle, but more regular influence in your approach to life or your creative practice?
The event will begin with a 40 minute talk introducing the 3 important elements of serendipity (unexpected circumstances, an insightful connection and a valuable outcome), illustrated by examples from Makri and Maxwell’s empirical research in the area and a discussion about what it means to design physical and digital spaces that create opportunities for serendipity to occur.
After the talk, those who want to engage directly with our serendipity research are invited to take part in a hands-on activity where the group will tell each other their own ‘serendipity stories’ (i.e. stories based on our own memorable examples of serendipity) and reflecting on whether and how they involve the important components of unexpectedness, insight and value. This reflection aims to help better understand the role of serendipity in your creative practice and its importance to your everyday life. For the hands on session, all you need to bring with you is a mind that is open to serendipity and thoughts of a memorable example of serendipity in your work or everyday life that you’d like to share. You are also welcome (but by no means obliged) to bring a ‘prop’ to help you tell your ‘serendipity story’ (e.g. an image or physical object associated with it).
To read more about this event click here.
For all upcoming events at Eastside Projects click here.
First and foremost, we are thrilled to invite back former Supersonic Festival alumni, someone who appeared at the very first Supersonic in 2003 (he also performed again in 2008 and with King Midas Sound in 2010) we are of course speaking of Kevin Martin aka The Bug. This time, Kevin Martin will be bringing the party vibes accompanied by the world’s fastest rapper and founder of Raggamuffin hip hop Daddy Freddy and Flow Dan (co-founder of UK Grime collective Roll Deep).
What Supersonic Festival line up would be complete without a local hero? For the tenth birthday celebrations, Supersonic are delighted to host the latest project of Nicholas Bullen, forever pushing and evolving ways of working with sound. With a highly impressive career spanning 35 years having founded Napalm Death and since established himself as sound artist and composer in his own right. Nicholas Bullen is known for his captivating multimedia performances and his omnipresence will undoubtedly be witnessed across the entire weekend. Stay tuned for more information regarding his involvement soon.
Bringing great diversity and an air of playfulness to the festival are a trio of musicians from the Finnish label Fonal Records. Visual artist and musician Islaja will marvel with her compelling combination of her unique vocal delivery and interweaving of a rainbow of instruments. Lau Nau, the free spirited Finnish artist otherwise known as Laura Naukkarinen playfully and expertly blends ethnic tinged folk songs with curious and intuitive sounds conjured from both familiar and exotic sound sources. And one of the most recognised experimental music makers, Jan Anderzen will perform as Tomoutonttu offering an exuberant cacophony of streams, mutilated voices and found sounds resulting in an all-round ecstatic display of contemporary music.
Over the next few months an exciting programme of film, talks and exhibitions will be revealed, including the unveiling of plans for sonic led dining experiences at the festival. There are still some more musical additions as well, all exploring & celebrating 10 years of adventurous music.
As a reminder, here is a list of the line up as it stands; Body/Head/Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore/The Bug/Carlton Melton/Clifford Torus/Dope Body/Drunk In Hell/ Dylan Carlson/Flower-Corsano/Goat/Hey Colossus/Hookworms/Hype Williams/Islaja/Jarboe/JK Flesh/Kevin Drumm/KK Null/Lau Lau/Lichens/Merzbow/My Disco/Nicholas Bullen/PCM/Rangda/Richard Dawson/Ruins Alone/Sir Richard Bishop/Six Organs Of Admittance/Small But Hard showcase/Stian Westerhus/SWLLWS/Thomas Ankersmit/Tim Hecker/Tomoutonttu/Ufomammut/Warm Digits and Zeni Geva
The festival takes place 19-21 October at Custard Factory, Birmingham
Tickets are available via http://www.supersonicfestival.com/tickets
Supersonic Festival, the world renowned event for adventurous music, art film and beyond is celebrating its 10th birthday.. We love a party so are expanding our celebrations by hosting two very special taster shows in London and Birmingham in August.
On 4 August we’re thrilled to link up with Eastside Projects to present King Midas Sound System and JK Flesh, joined by Iron Fist Of The Sun, Laurence Hunt and Sarah M Farmer to bring cacophonous, abstract, abrasive and titanic sounds.
King Midas Sound System drops DJ exclusive dubs/versions and remixes as well as bleeding other artists’ music into the astounding sound design, Featuring live vocals by Kiki Hitomi and Roger Robinson with Kevin Martin at the controls, be prepared for sonic adventures into the deep. Bass, drones, tones and infinite reverb mark the spot where immersion is the key. http://www.kingmidassoundmusic.com
Godflesh, Head of David, Napalm Death, Techno Animal, Jesu, Greymachine, Palesketcher – just some of the projects from the insanely prolific Justin Broadrick who this year raised his Techno Animal moniker JK Flesh from the dead to promote his recent album Posthuman. Once again proving his mastery of all things brutal. This material will be showcased for the first time in the UK all thanks for Supersonic. Expect soul-crushingly dark beats and bass, layered with Broadrick’s inimitable guitar and vocal fuzz, that will resonate with fans of Godflesh and the post-dubstep landscape alike. http://justinkbroadrick.blogspot.co.uk/
Iron Fist of the Sun
Bitter cold contemporary power electronics. Synth heavy and tonal, Lee Howard draws inspiration from electro-acoustic academia as much as underground black metal. http://www.myspace.com/ironfistofthesun
Sarah M Farmer
As Plato rightly said, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’. An Array of Events mixes traditional methods of sound production with DIY instruments and experimental techniques in a bid to overcome the problem of being a lone performer with only the usual number of hands and limited instrumental skill. Whilst programs such as Logic and Ableton offer their own solutions to these problems, they come with the difficulty of seemingly infinite choice and lack the tactility of real instruments and the analogue sounds and happy accidents that come along with playing them. In the realm of live performance, if something can be played live rather than sampled, why not at least give it a go? Sounds and instruments have been created from every day items and cheap technology, generally things found around the studio/bedroom which are triggered by MIDI files and accompanied by live performance. www.sarahmfarmer.co.uk / www.sleepydev.com
Laurence Hunt more typically performs as a member of experimental groups Modified Toy Orchestra and Pram. A recent collaboration with sound artists Dreams of Tall Buildings and featuring Arve Henricksen, has triggered an interest in exploring textural soundscapes that he pursues here in his first solo venture on drums/percussion with live electronics.
The London taster event will take place on Thursday 9th August at Corsica Studios, more info on both events HERE
And Supersonic Festival itself takes place 19-21 October at Custard Factory, Digbeth. For line up info, tickets and volunteering info go to http://www.supersonicfestival.com
Join us at Grand Union 6–9pm Friday 13 July, to celebrate the opening of The Possibility of an Island, an exhibition featuring work by Cory Arcangel, Jacqueline Bebb, Paul Antony Carr, Tomas Chaffe, Stuart Croft, Jason Dodge, Sean Edwards, Joanne Masding and Andrew Sunderland.
Exhibition continues Thursday to Saturday, 14 July to 18 August 2012.
Grand Union and Eastside Projects are delighted to launch the 2012 New Art Writing Bursary.
The bursary will support one new or emerging West Midlands-based practitioner for nine months as they develop critical and creative writing as, and about, art. By providing mentoring alongside opportunities to produce work for publication, the bursary intends to encourage art writing within the West Midlands, giving a platform for new writers to develop their practice and professional networks. This opportunity if funded by Turning Point West Midlands.
See the Grand Union website for more details.