Late Shift Sessions: Anarchy & Beauty

October 13, 2014

Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone who came down to Tate Britain on Friday 3rd for Late at Tate: Made in Transition. We were absolutely delighted to have over 3,500 in attendance and we will be posting photos and a film in the forthcoming weeks.

Aside from being artist-curator of Chimera Productions, I am also responsible for the weekly Friday Night Music series at the National Portrait Gallery.

This Friday 17th October sees the launch of a new music strand entitled Late Shift Sessions, and this first edition will focus on the latest exhibition Anarchy & Beauty: Willam Morris and His Legacy, 1860-1960, which opens on Thursday.

In brief, the exhibition explores the life of William Morris and his far-reaching ideas which permeated Victorian society and beyond. Fellow Walthamstow resident and long-time Chimera Productions collaborator Reeps One presents a high energy beatbox set in Room 20 and joins me for a Q&A afterwards to discuss his practice. Certainly, Reeps has found a balance between a sound that is at once industrial and beautiful.

John Richards in his Dirty Electronics-guise presents a new audio installation which explores the tensions between the hand-made and industrial processes and he will be busy performing and interacting with it in Room 12. I have worked with John for a number of years: including a collaboration with the ICA (Live Weekend: Notation and Interpretation, co-curated with Joana Seguro and Lucy Railton) and he wrote me a piece for piano and electronics which is currently up on my Soundcloud page.

Lastly, I am very excited to work with Australian artist, composer, writer and broadcaster Julian Day for the first time and his installation piece AIR (An Infinity Room), which is presented on the balcony overlooking the Main Hall (Room 32).

Venue – The Vinyl Factory

An Infinity Room (AIR) is an ongoing sound project for spatialized synthesizers. AIR draws you into a dream-like space of constantly shifting drones and let’s you experience the weight of air.

Simple arithmetic patterns trigger slowly unfolding sound clouds and interlocking harmonic beats, reminiscent of the long-tone innovations of La Monte Young and Phill Niblock.

Late Shift is a programme of regular free events and starts at 18:00. See here for more information.

Hope to see some of you there, Will.