18 November 2015, 7 p.m.
You are here – violinist Angharad Davies, sound artist Max Eastley and composer Paul Whitty filter the sound landscape inside the Cricoteka building and its surrounding areas in their performance using hydrophones, wind activated instruments, contact microphones and a monochord constructed by Max Eastley.
Production: Max Eastley, Paul Whitty, Angharad Davies
Paul Whitty is a composer and Sound Artist whose work has found its way into spaces and contexts as diverse as Bingo Halls; refrigerators; traffic gyratories and nightclubs. Recently Paul has been engaged in a series of interventions in pre-existing contexts – re-reading, re-organising, re-categorising, re-distributing and re-sounding the materials that are found there. Recent projects include The Swimmer – A True Story a film and installation developed with novelist Roma Tearn and exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Paul is a founder member of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU sonicartresearch.co.uk) and audiograft (audiograft.co.uk) at Oxford Brookes University, England.
Max Eastley is an internationally recognized artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. His sculptures exist on the border between the natural environment and human intervention and use the driving forces of electricity, wind, water and ice. He has exhibited both interior and exterior works internationally. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2003 he has been an artist with the Cape Farewell Climate Change Project (http://www.capefarewell.com) for whom he has created a number of installations, compositions and performances. From 2010-2013 he was an AHRC Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, investigating Aeolian phenomena through artistic practice and historical research, and is currently one of the artists involved in a project, Audible Forces, touring festivals in the UK, using the wind as an energy source. His latest exhibition was at the Water Tower (Wasserturm) in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin: a cavernous, labyrinthine space in which he installed ten acoustic sculptures.
Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures. 2015 has seen her being commissioned for a new work for “ solo violin and 4 bass amps” at the Counterflows Festival, Glasgow which was subsequently performed at the El Nicho Festival, Mexico and Supersonics, Birmingham. She also premiered Eliane Radigue’s new solo for violin, Occam XXII in Mexico, in May 2015.