The title is a pun on the phrase ‘Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted’, famously quoted by William S Burroughs, who helped popularise cut-up culture. The evening included live performances by artists, musicians and poets who have creatively dissected, recycled and quoted. Including: Genre Collage the new live audio-visual set from People Like Us that collages film genres using well-known feature films; live improviser Gwilly Edmondez who uses voice, tapes, decks and samples; debut performance of Café Carbon by The Gluts (Gina Birch, Kaffe Matthews, Hayley Newman) and whirlwind wizard of the ivories Felix Kubin.
Since 1991 London-based artist Vicki Bennett has been making music, radio, and films under the name People Like Us. By animating and recontextualising found footage, she presents an equally witty and dark view of popular culture. Her work has been presented at Tate Modern; The National Film Theatre, London; ICA, London; Sydney Opera House; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Sonar, Barcelona; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Barbican, London; plus on the BBC and Channel 4. Since 2003, People Like Us has broadcast DO or DIY an ongoing experimental arts radio show on WFMU, which has had over a million downloads. She has also performed radio sessions for the BBC’s John Peel, Mixing It, and also CBC, KPFA and many more.
The Gluts is a group made up of three London-based artists: Hayley Newman, Kaffe Matthews and Gina Birch. Their collaboration started with Café Carbon, a musical performed on the streets of Copenhagen during the United Nations Climate Summit in 2009. Hayley Newman is a visual artist, she has performed and exhibited at Matt’s Gallery, London; The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; and the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva. Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music worldwide since 1990, she has released 6 solo CDs on the label Annette Works. In 2006 she received an Award of Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica. Gina Birch is an English musician and filmmaker, best know as a founding member of The Raincoats.
Felix Kubin is an electronic musician based in Hamburg. He has been involved with music since he was 8 years old, when he studied piano, organ and glockenspiel. His first solo album Filmmusik was released in 1998 by his label, Gagarin Records. Kubin regularly collaborates on theatric and animation productions, writes radio plays and is a self-described dadaist. His musical influences include Stockhausen and Ligeti, as well as groups such as Kraftwerk and DAF.
William Edmondes is an improvisor and composer working with recorded media, digital sequencing, guitar, Gameboys and voice, based in Newcastle and York. He performs and releases material under several names, most frequently as Gwilly Edmondez.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 10 and Vicki Bennett.