Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Ben Jeans Houghton. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Ben Jeans Houghton. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Adam Kasar. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Lucky Dragons, 2010. Photo: Ben Jeans Houghton. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

The closing party harnesses all of the human energy of the entire Festival. Lucky Dragons are Los Angeles-based artists Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara, most famous for creating live performances where music is produced by human touch. People connect together to build up sounds until the whole room is one huge fragile and powerful network. Positively smacking of homebuilt kinetic energy, Lucky Dragons blur the lines between the digital and the handspun. Amidst dozens of psychedelic rhythms there are tropical keyboard drones, recorder ditties, whistles, delay pedal-induced hypnosis and weird melodies. The name Lucky Dragons is borrowed from a Japanese fishing boat caught in the fallout of the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, becoming a symbol for worldwide anti-nuclear sentiment.

Supported by Blue Sabbath Black Fiji.

Biography
Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and their playfully humanistic use of digital tools. Their performances have been presented at: 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; ICA, London; The Kitchen, New York; REDCAT, Los Angeles, and the 54th Venice Biennale.

Credit
Produced by PRMNT VIBES.

Lucky Dragons

£7/£6

Sun 14 March 2010, 10pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP
starandshadow.org.uk

Additional Information

Artist's Website