Brutalism in Sound

0 Posted by - August 6, 2021 - Events

IKLECTIK presents,

Brutalism in Sound: Kate Carr + Iain Chambers with Photolanguage

Saturday 13 November 2021 | 8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Tickets: £10 Advanced / £13 General Admission

Iain Chambers (Langham Research Centre) presents two collaborations with the image and text art practice Photolanguage (Nigel Green & Robin Wilson). 

Concrete Paris is the sonic and visual result of parallel journeys across Paris documenting and responding to Brutalist architecture. 

The Gathering Grounds – premiered here – constructs an immersive and surreal landscape journey, as a closely coordinated image, text and sound work, creating a narrative of encounters with modern reservoir landscapes in Southern England and their ‘gathering grounds’.

Kate Carr presents a new work made from the pioneering brutalist architecture of Thamesmead, constructed in the late 1960s as a bold and progressive solution to London’s growing housing needs. 


Kate Carr

Kate Carr’s work is focused on the links between sound, place and affect, and she works across composition, performance and installation. 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, and can be found on the labels Helen Scarsdale (US), Rivertones (UK), Soft (France) 3Leaves (Hungary) Galaverna (Italy). She composes primarily with field recordings and also runs the sound art label Flaming Pines.

Iain Chambers

Iain Chambers is a London-based composer, producer and sound artist, whose work explores specific locations and their changing sounds across time, as in Concrete Paris (2021); The Secrets of Orford Ness (2020), The House of Sound (2017), and City of Women (2018). In 2019 Iain launched the independent record label Persistence of Sound, creating a new space for musique concrète, field recordings, and the uncategorizable sounds in between. In 2015 Iain staged the first ever concerts in Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chambers, transforming the structure into a huge resonant chamber. In 2003 Iain co-founded Langham Research Centre, an electronic music ensemble using Cold War era technology to compose new music. The group also create new realisations of work by composers including John Cage, Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff, using unusual analogue instrumentation.


Photolanguage (Nigel Green & Robin Wilson) is a collaborative art practice established in 1998, documenting and re-imagining the legacies of modernity in urban and landscape sites. They have exhibited widely in venues including the Museum of Calais, the Museum of the Sketch, Lund, Sweden, the Museum of Garden History, London, the Institute Français, London and the Barbican Centre, London. They have published their work in journals including The Architects’ JournalArchitectural DesignRIBA Journal and On-Site Review (Canada), and are currently working on a new book on Parisian Brutalist architecture.

Promotional image: Reservoir and Gathering Grounds by Photolanguage (Nigel Green & Robin Wilson)

Sponsor for the Gathering Grounds project: The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.