Goldsmiths announces festival of experimental sound, film and performance in Brunel Museum’s Rotherhithe tunnel shaft

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Goldsmiths, University of London, has announced a two-day festival of experimental sound, film and performance in Brunel Museum’s dark and uncanny Rotherhithe tunnel shaft.

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Curated by Goldsmiths’ Embodied Audiovisual Interaction and LCC’s Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice groups, the festival features performances and projections by Guy Sherwin, Áine O’Dwyer, Howlround, Alice Kemp, Lee Patterson, Simon Katan, Heather Ross, Claire Undy, Bill Leslie, Wajid Yaseen & Anthony Elliot.

Where: Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF
When: 7pm-9.30pm Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December
Tickets: £10 per night or £18 for both nights. Advance booking essential

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7pm Saturday 10 December

Guy Sherwin: ‘Sound Cuts’ – 4 projector performance
Sherwin’s film works often use serial forms and live elements, and engage with light, time and sound as fundamental to cinema. His films have screened at Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Alice Kemp: live art performance
Kemp works with dream-image-language and subtle trance states to create live-art performances and audio compositions. Her practice involves composition, public and private rituals, doll-making, drawing and painting. Her performances have been described as hypnotic, intense, unnerving, beautiful, dark and reflective, aggressive, confusing, meditative, pointless, brave, sensual, baffling, delicate, and absurd.

Simon Katan: ‘Conditional Love’ – participatory networked device performance
Katan is a digital artist/musician with a strong preoccupation with games and play. His work incorporates hidden mechanisms, emergent behaviour, paradox, self-reference, inconsistency, abstract humour, absurdity and wonder.

Heather Ross: Domestic Dawn Chorus 
Ross is concerned with how human experience is mediated by exploring the tensions between reality and representation. How do the technologies of reproduction and representation affect the way we understand the world through our senses?

Claire Undy & Bill Leslie: Video work
Claire Undy is an artist and curator, working largely with performance, video and time-based media. Bill Leslie is a visual artist whose work draws on Modern abstract sculpture, 1950s B-Movies, Russian Constructivism and modern architecture.

7pm Sunday 11 December

Lee Patterson: Amplified devices and processes
Working across various forms, including improvised music, field recording, film soundtrack and installation, Patterson attempts to understand his surroundings through different ways of listening.

Áine O’Dwyer: DJ set with field recordings 
With a background combining Irish traditional music and contemporary performance, Áine O’Dwyer creates multi-layered, experiential work that begs questions of historicism and the social proximities of the everyday, as well as the presumed nature of records themselves. For this DJ set, she will play her collection of field recordings, drawing on her knowledge of the acoustics of the Brunel Tunnel from her two year residency there.

Howlround: Live tape manipulation
Howlround create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden.

Wajid Yaseen & Anthony Elliot: Oscillators, Extended vocal performance, drawn circuits
Anthony & Wajid’s ‘Crossing Lines’ recently opened the Tempting Failure festival. An improvised vocal and sound-drawing performance, it involved Wajid Yaseen’s experiments in extended vocal techniques with Anthony Elliott’s sculpture-sound-printing rheostat to explore a balance between all-gate square wave generators that allow on-off vocal input.