I’Klectik Art Lab, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG
Tickets from £5: Available here
We’re excited to announce our next Hackoustic Presents of 2018 with an incredible lineup of performances, installations and presentations. We will have talks and performances from Amy Cutler with Sylvia Hallett, Rita Evans and YOAF, along with installations from Giacomo Lepri and Vulpestruments.
No Hackoustic event would be complete without our resident and most wonderful DJ #BarrysLounge spinning discs for us. There’ll also be a small instrument building workshop so you have something to take home with you!
Check out more info on our artists below and book your tickets quick!
Dr. Amy Cutler is an artist, geographer, poet, and film-maker. She’ll be talking about “hacking” the nature documentary through live cinema and music in her touring project NATURE’S NICKELODEONS, which recently premiered Sheffield Doc/Fest. Recent work includes a collaboration with data artist Anna Ridler in which a neural network trained on romance novels re-interprets the “birds & the bees” of original nature documentary footage, and “LET’S DO AN ANIMAL POEM!”, a collaboration on Resonance FM with Sylvia Hallett and Ivor Kallin using soundbites sourced from archival nature broadcasts along with animal masks with sound effect noses. Amy often works on unsettling ideas of nature by “hacking” original source narratives and pedagogical voices, from radio and TV to 19th century science textbooks. Her musical collaborations have included converting cobwebs into scores for improvisation, and an episode of BBC3’s Late Junction themed around forest ecology, created with field recordist Lee Patterson and the string trio Barrel.
Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose ritualistic improvisations include “White Fog” and “The Onyx Rook”, and many collaborations with dancers, choreographers, geographers, and poets. Sounds produced by her bowed bicycle wheel are described in one review as “subterranean echoes conjuring up a murky, frozen world, vibrating with ugly undercurrents”. As a duo, Amy and Sylvia perform improvisatory settings of pieces inspired by the harrowing language of natural history texts, such as “you, the stingbearers”, based on Jean-Henri Fabre’s C19th chronicle of human desolation, The Life of the Fly. Amy and Sylvia’s live compositions use instruments including viola, musical saw, wind-up animal toys, tree branches, and bowed Russian vines from Sylvia’s garden, while the lyrics draw on the dark sides of nature: from sea parasites to forensic botany to elegies based on Arctic bird migrations and Icelandic ballads.
Giacomo Lepri is a musician, improviser, composer, sonic interaction designer and researcher. Although he is specialised in not being specialised, his work often involves the development of interactive musical systems and instrument for electroacoustic improvisation. He studied at the Conservatory of Genoa N. Paganini (electroacoustic music composition and performance) and at the Institute of Sonology – STEIM (Instruments & Interfaces master program). He is currently a PhD student at the Augmented Instruments Lab, Centre for Digital Music, Media & Arts Technology Program, Queen Mary University of London.
He will be discussing is latest work, the Cembalo Scrivano .2 which is an interactive audio-visual installation based on augmented typewriter. By detecting the typing activity it generates and manipulates audio and visual materials in real-time. The piece was developed in collaboration with Fabio Morreale, a Postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Digital Music at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London. He has a PhD in Computer Science, and specialises in Human-Computer Interaction, music technology and creative coding.
YOAF are a London based textural music improv trio comprised of Tim yates, Tom Fox and Jon Saunders. They use unique, DIY instruments to create sonic landscapes and rhythms that are guided more by the instruments than the musicians playing them.
Rita Evans is an artist based in London since 2004, completing her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College in 2009. Since then, Rita has presented at residencies, performances and exhibitions internationally. In 2015 Rita was awarded the Stephen Cripps’ Studio Award, an Acme Residency & Awards Programme funded by The Henry Moore Foundation, Royal Opera House, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripps’s family. The award is for artists working with sound, movement and light. 2017-18 Rita has been in residence at Chisenhale Dance Space with a Canada Council for the Arts Grant.
She will be discussing her work using sound including sonic knitting needles, the rhythm and equilibrium of shifting water droplets and her current works creating free reed instruments that will develop into the final installation piece while on residency at Banff in Canada