IKLECTIK and Strange Attractor present,
Strange Attractor Presents At the Gates of Purgatory – a Live Audiobook by Ken Hollings
Wednesday 5 April 2023 | Dors: 7:30pm | Start: 8pm
Our Kiosk opens 1 hour before doors.
Tickets: £11 Advance / £13 OTD https://link.dice.fm/o00290a7320b
In an extended performance, writer Ken Hollings reads extracts from his latest book, Purgatory: The Trash Project Volume II, published by Strange Attractor Press. This continuous ‘live audiobook’ will feature contributions from Lori E Allen, Howlround, Martin McCarrick and Mark Pilkington over the course of an evening mixing spoken word, sound and music. ‘I usually prefer to read short extracts from my work,’ Ken explains, ‘but then I began to wonder whether something longer might not offer a wider sense of the book’s themes.’ At the Gates of Purgatory roams across time and place – from a palace on a lake in Northern Italy to a wax museum in Munich, connecting Tony Hancock with Dorian Gray, Beauty with Trash, celebrity culture with Greek mythology. ‘The audience are invited to dip in and out of the reading, listening to as much or as little of it as they wish, Ken adds. ‘They can always come back for more.’ The live audiobook will be presented without intervals.
Lori E Allen
Ken Hollings is a writer and broadcaster. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and he has written and presented critically acclaimed features for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and Resonance 104.4 FM. His books include Destroy All Monsters, Welcome to Mars, The Bright Labyrinth, The Space Oracle and Inferno. His latest book from Strange Attractor Press is Purgatory: The Trash Project Volume II.
Lori E Allen
Lori E Allen is multi-disciplinary artist working across experimental composition in sound and text. She forms 1/3 of Tears | OV, published on Wormhole, Tapeworm, Bloxham Tapes and Industrial Coast with notable performances at Tate South Tanks for Wolfgang Tillman’s Retrospective in 2017 among selected other collaborative projects at Whitechapel Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, and Glasgow CCA. Recent projects include co-curating People Make Television along with Matt Harle, Will Fowler and Alex Sainsbury – currently on view at Raven Row. She was also the producer for Transmissions TV, the lockdown project founded by Hana Noorali, Anne Duffau, and Tai Shani.
Marking 10 years since first coming to prominence with hugely-acclaimed 2012 LP The Ghosts Of Bush, Howlround is a quintet (four slightly battered machines machines, one slightly battered operator) that creates recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with all electronic effects or artificial reverb strictly forbidden. In an age where one can create all manner of electronic music with a simple swipe of a mouse, Howlround prove not only how much fun is to be had in making things complicated again, but conversely just how little effort is sometimes needed to create a genuinely uncanny and beguiling soundworld: the rough underbelly of our pristine, Pro-Tools universe.
Martin McCarrick is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher based in London. After completing studies at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he became a string and orchestral arranger, following his love of the dark underbelly of the alternative music scene, to work with artists such as Marc and The Mambas, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and This Mortal Coil. His compositions which combine traditional classical elements with electronica and experimental sounds have been used for TV, Film and Theatre. He is one half of duo The McCarricks with violinist Kimberlee McCarrick.
Mark O Pilkington is an electronic musician who releases and performs as half of Teleplasmiste, a quarter of The Begotten, and half of Luminous Foundation. He’s also the founder and co-director of Strange Attractor Press, and a writer whose work sporadically appears in a range of anthologies, journals and magazines.
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