We’re very pleased to confirm that as well as performing with Bill Nace as Body/Head, Kim Gordon will be presenting her installation Reverse Karaoke at Supersonic Festival. This collaborative installation by Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether consists of a painted Yurt style tent housing a lo-fi rehearsal set-up with guitar, microphone, bass, and drums. The visitor is invited to play the instruments and record their own music along with a pre-recorded vocal track of Kim Gordon’s voice. The track is recorded live by a sound engineer who burns two CD copies of the track, while the visitor decorates two CD sleeves using materials in the gallery. One copy of the CD becomes part of the piece itself on display in a record box, and the other the visitor takes home. This installation will take place at Eastside Projects 19-21 October.
Another new highlight includes Modified Toy Orchestra , festival alumni who first performed in 2005 (some may remember the set that was cut short due to the bomb scare) and again in 2006. In 2012, Modified Toy Orchestra continue to explore the hidden potential and surplus value latent inside redundant technology; a process creating sophisticated new electronic instruments from abandoned children’s toys. The results of this process can be shockingly beautiful, funny and also extreme.
In partnership with Sound and Music, Supersonic present a half-day extended panel discussion exploring contexts for the presentation of sound works and performances and approaches to listening. Bringing together artists, academics and industry professionals Counting In: The Art of Listening is an opportunity for a discuss how artists and producers can best stage work, how audiences can be best encouraged to enjoy it and how we can all become better listeners. Participants in the panel discussion include artist Lucas Abela (aka Justice Yeldman), music writer Frances Morgan (deputy editor at The Wire Magazine), curator Irene Revell (Electra) and Dr.Simon Hall (composer, sound engineer and academic).
In-keeping with tradition, Supersonic proudly announce the Kid’s Gigs programme which will this year feature Flower/Corsano Duo and Islaja, the sole aim being to create big sounds with little people. Though really, this is fun for all the family!
Other programme additions include:
Grey Hairs – The kind of raucous grunge that can only be created by kids from the 90s
The Outcrowd’s Festival of the Rea – An exhibition exploring the lost myths and pagan rituals of Digbeth
Moonn – A haunting performance inspired by the Heavens Above, featuring Conny Prantera and Mark Wagner of Sunday Mourning
Wildman Life Drawing – A drop in drawing session featuring a semi tame Wildman
SOUNDkitchen – Electroacoustic composers perform in the Theatre Space
Scratch ‘n’ Phase - Come and destroy some CDs and needles in the name of noise in this sound work where you control the volume.
Blood Harvest – A collection of films looking at the wild stuff that happens way out on the back roads. Curated by Network Awesome.
Trash Humpers – Harmony Korine’s 2009 drama centred around an elderly cult in Nashville, Tennessee
Black Mass Rising - A lo fi experimental film exploring visions of the darkness, The Mystic, The Occult, The Religious and The Apocalypse.
Thanks to all who came along to the first of two Supersonic taster events last Saturday at Eastside Projects in Birmingham. The amazing performances, and diversity of acts on show has got us all buzzing for the main event in October. Below are some lovely shots of the event by Katja Ogrin.
Laurence Hunt of Pram opened with a solo percussive project. Creating abstract sounds and looped feedback.
Sarah Farmer presented ‘An Array of Events’ using DIY instrumentation (plus viola)
Iron Fist of the Sun stepped the volume up a notch with a power electronics set
The first UK outing of Justin Broadrick’s new JK Flesh project. And it was LOUD.
King Midas Sound System closed the event with a set touching dub, reggae, drone and noise, plus great vocals from Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi
If you missed this event, fret not! A second Supersonic Taster event takes place at London’s Corsica Studios this Thursday 9th August. Tickets are available via
And if you’d like to see more events like this happen, with line ups to be found nowhere else, support us via our We Fund campaign.
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.
The event takes place on Saturday 4th August at Eastside Projects from 7.30pm. Tickets are available via
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.
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
Moritz Küng Book Talk 3 at Eastside Projects
Thursday 19 August, 6.30–8pm
Free to Extra Special People Members, £3 to Non-Members
Eastside Projects presents a talk from curator Moritz Küng in the third of a series of book talks. In the spirit of ‘Curating the Library’ (founded by Küng at deSingel in 2003) Küng has been invited to select publications to become part of the Eastside Projects Library. His selections have been on display at Eastside Projects throughout ‘Book Show’, and on Thursday Küng will discuss how each title informs his practice.
Moritz Küng (b. 1961, Switzerland), is director of the new center for contemporary art ‘El Canodrom / La Capella’ in Barcelona, opening in 2011. He conceived Curating the Library in 2003 at deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp. Küng headed the exhibitions programme at deSingel from 2003–10, curating solo exhibitions of, among others, the architects Abalos & Herreros, SANAA and Christian Kerez, and the artists Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Joëlle Tuerlinckx and Heimo Zobernig. Küng lives and works in Barcelona.
‘Book Show’ continues at Eastside Projects until 4 September, 2010
Open Thursday 12–6.30pm, Friday to Saturday 12–5pm
‘Book’ now available to buy online
86 Heath Mill Lane
Birmingham B9 4AR
0121-771-1778 / www.eastsideprojects.org
Wednesday 11 August , 6.30–8pm
Call for participants: Eastside Projects/Supersonic Festival presents GOD’S WHITE NOISE, Saturday 23 October, 2010
God’s White Noise, Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Duerer-Gesellschaft, Nuremberg, 2009
Photo: Matthias Lahme
GOTTESRAUSCHEN (GOD’S WHITE NOISE): Action for Players, Guitars & Amplifiers
Eastside Projects, Saturday 23 October, 2010
As part of Supersonic Festival
Düsseldorf-based artist Christian Jendreiko is known for making actions with large ensembles of trained or untrained performers in novel, site-specific settings. Jendreiko specifically seeks to reconsider acoustics as aspects of how body and mind are constructed, through a decentralized and sculptural approach towards performance. Lasting anywhere between two and seven hours and featuring classically trained musicians alongside untrained performers in nonhierarchical and improvisatory fashion, Jendreiko transforms groups into social sculpture.
For the Birmingham premiere of ‘GOTTESRAUSCHEN (GOD’S WHITE NOISE): Action for Players, Guitars & Amplifiers’, a number of musicians and artists will perform at Eastside Projects over the course of 7 hours. Intended as a performance for an indeterminate number of guitarists and amplifiers, and taking its cue from a passage by Friedrich Schiller on man’s relationship to a series of sensual and formal compulsions (“For all beauty is ultimately but a property of … movement”), GOD’S WHITE NOISE will unfold over a single day, with guests free to enter, circulate throughout, and remain in the gallery space as long as they wish.
Jendreiko’s actions have been performed at Baer Ridgway, San Francisco (2010), Wesleyan University (2007), Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2007), Kunstverein Nürnberg/Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft (2009), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg (2009) and in various galleries and art institutions throughout Europe. Jendreiko has also presented work internationally since 1999 as a founding member of Düsseldorf-based artist collective hobbypopMUSEUM.
Eastside Projects and Supersonic are looking for performers for GOTTESRAUSCHEN (GOD’S WHITE NOISE), taking place at Eastside Projects on Saturday 23 October, 12–7pm. We are looking for people interested in going through the GOTTESRAUSCHEN experience: You do not need to be a trained guitar player, however you should be interested in sonic exploration of the self. The full performance lasts 7 hours — involvement for the duration is optional: players may come and go. Performers are required to bring their own electric guitar and amplifier, which can be stored securely at Eastside Projects for the full festival weekend. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Supersonic Festival: 22–24 October, 2010, Birmingham, UK
Featuring Swans, Napalm Death, Melt-Banana + more, visit www.supersonicfestival.com
86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AR
Open Thursday 12–6.30pm, Friday to Saturday 12–5pm
0121 7711778 / www.eastsideprojects.org
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> Current exhibition: BOOK SHOW, continues to 4 September, 2010
> BOOK now available to buy online
> Jennifer Tee solo exhibition opens Friday, 24 September, 2010
Royal College of Arts Presents, ‘What is a book?’
Screening + Workshop
Saturday 31 July, 2–5pm
Free entry. *Please note that the workshop event is limited to 15 places and booking is essential. To reserve a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Organised by participants of the Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art, ‘What is a book?’ will feature a rare screening of Ulises Carrión’s 1987 videowork “Bookworks Revisited. Part 1: a selection”, followed by a bookmaking workshop with book artist and bookbinder Guy Begbie. The film screening is free and open to the public, but places on the workshop are limited and must be reserved. Please note that those taking part in the workshop are encouraged to bring along their own cutting mats and rulers!
Also at Eastside Projects this week:
Barbara Steveni, Book Talk 2
Thursday 29 July, 6.30–8pm
Eastside Projects presents a talk from artist Barbara Steveni in the second of a series of book talks. In the spirit of ‘Curating the Library’ Steveni has been invited to select publications for the Eastside Projects Library, and will discuss selections pivotal to her thinking.
Alongside Barbara Steveni’s Book Talk is the launch of ‘Book’, which functions as a mobile extension to ‘Book Show’. For one night only, ‘Book’ will be available for just £5 (RRP £10).
Extra Special People members attending the launch will receive a free copy of ‘Book’ – please note this offer is for one night only!
You can also sign up to Extra Special People on the night, to receive your free copy. For more info about membership visit Extra Special People
86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AR