An evening of sonic experiments with unusual sound sources including: an audio-modulated Tesla coil, firework sparklers, levitating gold and a block of dry ice. artificiel (Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy) present the UK premiere of POWEr, an audio-visual performance of striking images and sounds from a Tesla coil; Rhodri Davies plays an electric harp on a block of dry ice for the first time; Lee Patterson amplifies the sound of multiple burning sparklers; and Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand levitate slivers of spinning gold leaf in a soundwave.
artificiel is a digital arts group based in Montreal, featuring Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy. The works have different formats, from installation to performance, and are presented as exhibitions, concerts or interventions. Their projects primarily explore sonic properties, electrical impulses, and reveal the inherent tensions of the materials. Notable past installations include condemned_bulbes (2003) and beyond6281 (2004). They have presented work at major festivals and events including Ars Electronica, MUTEK and Transmediale.
Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 in Aberystwyth, Wales and now lives in Gateshead. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Common Objects, Cranc, a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch, SLW and Apartment House. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on Self-cancellation, a large-scale event in London and Glasgow. New pieces for harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Michael Pisaro, Carole Finer, Mieko Shiomi, Radu Malfatti and Yasunao Tone.
Dmitry Gelfand was born in 1974 in St. Petersburg and Evelina Domnitch was born in 1972 in Minsk. Together they create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. They are the recipients of the Japan Media Arts Excellence Prize (2007), and Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions in 2007 and 2009.
Lee Patterson is an improvising musician and sound artist based in Manchester. He has an interest in overlooked or hidden sounds with particular reference to landscape and natural environments. Patterson has worked with a host of international improvisers and sound artists at a range of European festivals and events. He has collaborated with Phil Durrant, Paul Vogel, Jez Riley French, Graham Halliwell, Rhodri Davies, David Toop and Angharad Davies. He also co-curated (with Ben Gwiliam) the series of live events, Salford Concert Series, in association with the University of Salford.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 10. In partnership with Newcastle ScienceFest and The Sage Gateshead.
Sat 13 March 2010, 6.30pm
St Mary's Square
Gateshead NE8 2JR