VIVID’s Nightmare Before Christmas

2010.12.17 | 0 comments
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Join VIVID on Saturday 18th December (8.30pm – late) for Nightmare Before Christmas, a Christmas knees up to mark the close of its 2010 programme. 

Nightmare Before Christmas will play host to a warped line up of winter horror, creepy electronica and spectral pop with DJ sets from COLOUR ; Lärmlicht; John Napier and Dan Le Trap  – expect a heady mix of jagged, dark, and drowsy sounds combined with intense, psychedelic, and ethereal footage. To get you in the mood, The Princes of Risborough have compiled ‘Jugend Horror Mix’ – a free playlist available for download.

Tickets cost £5 and are available in advance from

 The party closes VIVID’s LANGUAGE season (03-18 December 2010) which ends with work and performance by artist Aura Satz ( Satz’s work explores ghostly presence and illusions through performance and sound and is often focussed on unusual sonic devices, early musical instruments and automata.

Nightmare Before Christmas is presented as part of ‘The Garage Presents’, a brand new strand of one off events embracing music, live arts, installation, performance, digital and sonic media. Join VIVID’s mailing list at to keep up to date with all future events.



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Saturday @ VIVID

2010.03.25 | 0 comments
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Saturday 27 March at VIVID

3pm – 5pm | admission FREE
TREVOR PITT with Shelli Graham
9pm til late | admission £4
A Plasticine Party


The WE ARE EASTSIDE open weekend is at last upon us! Drop into VIVID between 3pm and 5pm to see The Gainsborough Packet by Becks Futures prize-winning artist Matt Stokes. Also at VIVID Trevor Pitt and Shelli Graham reveal LP covers, badges, and projections made in response to Pitt’s Sleeve Notes sessions at VIVID in 2009.

From 9pm, VIVID will host A Plasticine Party, an Eastside knees up celebrating the launch of We Are Eastside and marking the beginning of the end of Flatpack Festival. For more information and tickets visit the Flatpack website here.

TREVOR PITT with Shelli Graham | Sleeve Notes Go Viral

During the summer of 2009, Trevor Pitt looked back at his formative years in Birmingham, tracing his flirtations with pop, punk, film, art and cultural theory. Joining Trevor on this journey have been individuals who played a significant, often underground role in shaping the music, fashion, and club scenes during this period. Through intimate 1-1 chats, they mapped the scenes and wrote the Sleeve Notes to their own lives.

Sleeve Notes session with John Lupton (2009). Cover art by Shelli Graham.

Fast forward to spring 2010 and Pitt is back at VIVID to launch the second phase of Sleeve Notes, supported by Hello Digital. Starting with a tweet, Pitt looks at how social media can proliferate information and widen participation in events which would otherwise stay ‘underground’.              

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Also at VIVID…

MATT STOKES | The Gainsborough Packet
2008/9 | super 16mm film and audio transferred to hard-drive | 8:56 mins

VIVID presents Matt Stokes’s song and film, The Gainsborough Packet, the acclaimed new work shown in Baltic and 176, London in 2009. 

The Gainsborough Packet, production still. Photograph: 2tone Photography. Courtesy: The Artist, Workplace Gallery and ZieherSmith.

The work is the culmination of a year’s research and development which began with Stokes’ discovery in the Tyne & Wear archives of a letter written in 1828 by an ordinary man named John Burdikin. The letter was the inspiration for the lyrics, music and film created by Stokes and his collaborators on the project, which trace Burdikin’s life and adventures. Stokes has collaborated with musician Jon Boden from acclaimed folk band Bellowhead, composer Alistair Anderson, and Tim Kerr, an iconic figure of the US punk and early hardcore scene.

The Gainsborough Packet is exhibited courtesy the artist, Workplace Gallery, and ZieherSmith. 


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Atsuhiro Ito photos

2010.03.24 | 0 comments
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Here are a selection of  photos & a youtube clip from the Capsule show at VIVID earlier in the month with a performance by Japanese artist Atsuhiro Ito. A sound artist, Ito performs using his device the Optron, essentially fluorescent light tubes with integrated guitar pick-ups sent through guitar amp stacks. This was an amazing spectacle & we hope to invite him back in the not too distant future.

By Katja Ogrin you can see more of her photos here

These two were taken by Pete Ashton you can see more of his Capsule gig photos here

This was taken by Mark Hoy

To find out about future Capsule events check out our website

Must see spectacle

2010.02.25 | 0 comments
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Capsule are delighted to host Japanese artist Atsuhiro Ito who performs using his device the Optron, essentially fluorescent light tubes with integrated guitar pick-ups sent through guitar amp stacks.

When the voltage applied to the tubes is altered, the lights flicker and the pick-ups harvest the electromagnetic noise perfectly synchronized with the flickering light, the intense noise creating a visual hallucination and the sounds veering from some kind of extreme techno to outright noise.

Support comes from sound artist and founder of Napalm Death/Scorn Nicholas Bullen and Birmingham based trio Windscale.

Doors are at 8pm
Wednesday 10th March
VIVID Heath Mill Lane Birmingham B9 4AR

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