I will be part of the live performance radio broadcast by Radio Ironie Orchestra on Soundart Radio on Sunday July 5th at 1800hrs UK time. This event is one of the Tomorrow’s Transmissions commissions that Soundart awarded this summer using COVID19 Emergency Funds from Arts Council England.
Knotenpunkt Transmission // isolated junction – transmission
RIO presents a live-on-air networked performance where fragmented texts serve as junctions in a sonic journey, calling for connections over distance and questioning modes of isolation by listening in and sounding in together. “Knotenpunkt transmission” is a testbed on how to transform distance into something fruitful, and while we never may be able to overcome all the distances and borders that separate us, we can envision paths, ways and crossing points where we meet and exchange.
The Radio Ironie Orchestra
The Radio Ironie Orchestra was founded in 2019 as radio-phile orchestra structure, a collective of musicians and sound artists from several countries playing together over distance using open-source streaming tools like Jitsi, and combining acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic sound within the medium of internet and radio. Its name is program – an ironic allusion to the tradition of the “radio symphony orchestras”, realizing the spirit of collective music-making and on-air music distribution with the tools and aesthetics of our present times. The open structure of RIO allows for frequent collaboration with guests from all over the world.
A report by Andrew Jeffrey on the symposium Projectivisms:Way-making the Contemporary Projective, University of Cardiff, May 2018 mentions my performance there of ‘threaded insert’. It is published in the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 10(1).
The discussion of the relationship between who is in charge in the interaction between a human being and digital technology was then exemplified by Mark Leahy’s (Independent Scholar) ‘“The threshing floor of the dance” A performance of threaded insert’. Leahy appeared in white gloves and bow tie in the centre of the room. He then put in some ear-phones and began making statements, ‘Agape, we perform’, moving forward a set number of steps, changing direction, moving again, making statements, ‘a portion of depressed hair’, describing the room, spelling out words, walking forward, spelling out words accompanied by a basic sign language, walking out of the fire escape, re-appearing through a different door. The performance with variations and repetitions lasted for twenty minutes. It turns out that Leahy was responding to various instructions played at random from MP3 files. All the contents derived from guides for ‘proper’ speech, conduct and bodily deportment. It made me think that Leahy was showing “what he is as a creature of nature (with certain instructions to carry out)”.
Jeffrey, A., (2018). Projectivisms >> Symposium Way-making the Contemporary Projective, University of Cardiff, 8th–9th May 2018. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 10(1), p.10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/biip.82
I will perform’ threaded insert’ as part of the three-day programme for STREAM: a Series of Transdisciplinary Rituals & Experiments in Art & Music at Dartington on Friday 7th September 2018. My performance will take place in Studio 6 and the adjoining spaces from 2.00pm on the Friday. There will be live work, projected and installed works and social events across the weekend. The event is coordinated by Sarah Gray to mark the 10 year anniversary of the closing of Dartington College of Arts at the Dartington Campus. Work will be presented by alumni and former faculty members across music, performance writing, visual performance, dance and theatre.
The trailer for Breath Pieces, Rosanna Irvine’s performance project I took part in at Tramway, Glasgow in June 2018 is now online at Vimeo.
The performance is available for touring, and we are actively seeking venues / dates for the coming year.
As part of Jamboree 2018, happening at Dartington, Devon at the end of June, I will run a ‘communal making’ session titled Telling Time. Jamboree is devised & curated by LOW PROFILE. The session is listed in the Jamboree programme as:
‘Telling time’ is a making session where a group of up to 15 people will work with our words and voices to construct a story of how we are, where we are, when we are. No special vocal skills are needed, just a sense of your h/story, and how you might tell it. We will do some voice games, and work in pairs and as a group to create fragments of narrative. Having built a score, we will present a short speech-choir performance. Pens, paper and encouragement will be provided.
I have made a set of participant workbooks which we will use to structure the session, to fill in with our ideas and material for our score, and to take away as a reminder of the event. The workbook includes quotations from Karen Barad, Jack Halberstam, Walter Benjamin, Trinh T. Minh-ha and others. There are sections titled ‘extra time’, ‘queer time’ and ‘doing time’ among others.