Wednesday 18 July doors 8pm – music 8.30pm | £8 adv / £10 door | BUY TICKETS (fees apply)
Join us for an object-oriented evening of real and simulated annhiliation, catastrophic ambiences and destructive aftermaths.
This is an evening of concerts to mark the release of David Vélez’s new album: The things that objects can tell us about ourselves on Flaming Pines.
“The being of objects is an issue distinct from the question of our knowledge of objects. Here, of course, it seems obvious that in order to discuss the being of objects we must first know objects”
– Levi R. Bryant. The Democracy of Objects.
Vélez’s album mediates on the practice of teaching foley*, particularly the ways foley involves suggesting and creating fictions using objects.
The evening of concerts aims to interrogate the many processes involved in foley’s emphasis on the reproduction of everyday sounds, particularly processes of destruction.
As Vélez explains: “To destroy objects has always been important in my work as a way to transform matter through very emotional and redeeming actions. The beauty of a broken object is only comparable with the beauty of the sound product of this destruction.”
The event features performances by David, Kate Carr and Phil Maguire.
David Vélez is a Colombian artist working primarily with sound in lines such as composition, performance, installation, sculpture and video.
In David’s work, the cultural, social, economical and environmental context in which he works is the main conceptual and formal source for his pieces.
Coming from a field recordings background, David is very interested in the aesthetic action of listening to everyday sounds and in working with found everyday objects.
David has performed in Cafe OTO in London, the MoMA in NYC and in festivals and events such as Mutek (Col), Tsonami (Chi), Umbral (Mex), CT::SWAM (NYC), Liminaria (Ita) and Aural Detritus (UK).
His installations and sculptures has been presented in museums and galleries like FRAC des pays de la Loire Museum (Fra), Casa Hoffman Gallery (Col), Valenzuela Klenner Gallery (Col), MAMM (Col),
Pi Artworks (London), Espacio Odeon (Col) and in public spaces in Colombia, Italy, Brazil and Mexico. His compositions have been published in CD and cassette formats by Flaming Pines (London),
Dinzu Artefacts (US), Ã‰ter (Col), Unfathomless (Bel) Linear Obsessional (UK) and Gruenrekorder (Ger) among others labels.
David is currently the director and co-founder of Impulsive Habitat, a label focused on experimental music and sound art, and works as editor and co-founder of the sound research project Sonic Field.
Kate Carr has been investigating the intersections between sound, place, and emotionality both as an artist and a curator since 2010. During this time she has ventured from tiny fishing villages in northern
Iceland, explored the flooded banks of the Seine in a nuclear power plant town, recorded wildlife in South Africa, and in the wetlands of southern Mexico.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wire, The Quietus, and The Guardian. It has also been played on the radio on stations ranging from various channels of the BBC, to independent
stations in Estonia. Her music can be found on the labels Helen Scarsdale (US), Rivertones (UK), Soft (France) 3Leaves (Hungary) Galaverna (Italy) as well as on her own label Flaming Pines.
Phil Maguire is an experimental musician, improvisor, and artist. Malfunction permeates his music, utilising sine tone oscillators, noise, found sound, and obsolete audio technology to create intimate,
engrossing sonic environments. Embracing low-cost ethics, Phil’s primary instruments range from microcomputers and battered cassette recorders, to open-source software and plundered online audio.
Emptiness and simplicity are at the heart of his work, exploring timbral shifts, background noise, and personal identity/ies. This work extends into composed instrumental music, via text scores
and instructions. These works have been performed by the likes of Garth Knox, Juice Vocal Ensemble, and Mark Sanders. In late 2016 Phil founded verz, a multimedia project curating quiet music and
sound art. Primarily a record label and concert series, the project explores the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of quiet music, and supports electronic music, contemporary composition, improvisation, and sound art.
In 2017, verz also ran as a radio show on Resonance Extra. Phil performs extensively in the UK scene and internationally, and his work is frequently featured on national and international radio.
Recent performances include Sonorities Festival, FIME (BR), De Ruimte (NL), Electric Spring Festival (UK), and Union Chapel (UK). He performs solo, and in groups with musicians including Phil Durrant,
James L. Malone, Eleanor Cully and Richard Sanderson. Phil also performs electronics in Galvanize Ensemble, Arcadio, and electroacoustic trio RaaMM.