Jez riley French
ocusing on sound as material and subject French's work involves installation, intuitive composition, scores, film and photography. He lectures and runs workshops on field recording / located sound as an art form and has developed and expanded extended recording techniques and the role of durational listening. He also work as a microphone builder and curator. Works have been exhibited / performed worldwide including at Tate Modern, MoCA Tokyo,
The Whitworth etc.
Lara Gallagher is a sound and performance artist from Dublin Ireland. She mostly creates live electronic performances and mixed media sculptures. Her main style of work centres around free improvisation. In her use of improvisation, she attempts to use her auditory and visual processing systems to interpret and respond to her surrounding environments. The complex journey of deliberate improvisation is something she tries, to access what may be beyond her conscious awareness or control. As a theatre graduate she also employs techniques used in theatre such as semiotics and psychoacoustics in her performance and compositional work through the use of signifiers and exploring the relationship between specific sounds and memory. Due to the dramatic influences within her education, she was engulfed by the practices of performance art and using the body as medium. Through this she seeks to blur the lines between the role of the creator, performer and spectator. She strives to create work that opens a kind of communication between these roles so that human connections and reactions can be explored.
Pheobe riley Law
Law's work often explores the documentation and transformation of materials including sound, text, film and reformatted objects. She is interested in reframing and dismantling narrative, subverting perceived normalities alongside the construction of personal or social behaviours and the inherent patterns of experience. Recent work includes performances, (Solo), along with residencies at Paradise Air (Japan) screenings and commissions for Ftarri (Tokyo) , BBC radio 3, Paradise Air (Japan), LevelOne Hamburg, Funen Denmark, Cafe Oto & Iklektik Art Space, Spikersuppa Lydgalleri (Solo), along with residencies at Paradise Air (Japan) & Airy Västernorrland (Sweden).
Anja DuBois is a visual artist based in Boston, MA, who specializes in video art and and video installation. Her research interests include posthumanism, object-oriented ontology, and human-plant relationships. She uses performance in combination with moving image to explore the intimacy between humans and their surroundings.
Ani Samperi is a Berlin-based multimedia sound artist working with sound, repurposed objects, and resonant materials in order to merge questions of personal identity, social politics, emotional intimacy, and sensual expression.
Her works look close at her personal fears of limitation and undermine it by dysfunctional breaks, revealing her personal doubts regarding her role, gender and heritage. Jenny’s works were shown lastly in Kunstraum Potsdam and Shedhalle Tübingen.
Sonic Curiosities No. 5
August 28, 2020
Four our fifth installment of Sonic Curiosities we invited artists Jez Riley French, Francis Sosta, Fag Town String Band The Feedback Ensemble, Lara Gallagher, Pheobe riley Law, Ani Samperi, Anja DuBois, and Jenny Alten
You can read more about each artist below:
Francis Sosta works as sonic artist, curator, and since 2013 as performance artist in several international collaborations. Her practice deals with listening as generative process, embodiment, and ritual-making as political and collective regenerative social practice. In her artworks and performances Francis unfolds visual and aural environments, where the audience is invited to experience a physical and perceptual investigation of space and sound as natural phenomena. She has previously been featured in many independent exhibitions, clubs and festivals in Italy, Germany and Belgium. She holds a BA in Art History, and she is currently a MA Sound Studies and Sonic Arts student at UdK, Berlin. ham is currently based in Berlin, pursuing his master degree at the Berlin University of the Arts, majoring in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts.
The Feedback Ensemble
Consists of a group of performers (including Wei Kang Beh, Sid Talukdar, Dario Paris, Henri Falk and Louis Higgins) who explore audio feedback systems in real time. Each performer operating their own system of mobile devices and moving individually through the space, creates a strange, spatialised soundworld without any distinct source signal. The interaction of sounds between the performers also creates an intricate feedback network which further blurs the lines between source, emitter and receiver, and forms a dense mesh of unrecognisable amplified ether.
Fag Town String Band
Fag Town String Band are a bunch o' queers living in Berlin but from elsewhere who play old-time folk, country punk, murder ballads, songs about alienation, addiction and how the fascists are going to lose. with a transition section in between replays of the piece. The Feedback Ensemble 8:30 Consists of a group of performers (including Wei Kang Beh, Sid Talukdar, Dario Paris, Henri Falk and Louis Higgins) who explore audio feedback systems in real time. Each performer operating their own system of mobile devices and moving individually through the space, creates a strange, spatialised soundworld without any distinct source signal. The interaction of sounds between the performers also creates an intricate feedback network which further blurs the lines between source, emitter and receiver, and forms a dense mesh of unrecognisable amplified ether.