Different Rooms [Project Anywhere]

Have you checked out Wave Farm? Residencies, artist experiments with broadcast media, a study centre, Transmission Arts and Experimental Sound programming around the clock, a Media Arts Grants program – it’s pretty cool.

May 19 we are on at 11:00am Eastern US time with our monthly program Itinerant Mind. This month is a mix titled “Different Rooms”.

Check out the Standing Wave Radio Scheduling for Saturday here and the WGXC Schedule here.

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This month’s Itinerant Mind draws on and highlights the different facets of our research and practice bringing together our Project Anywhere program with spoken word pieces from London about London, and field recording from China and Sydney, telematic improvisation, a more refined version of the composition Restless (we played a very raw telematic version last month), and some rhythmic pieces we have begun working on.

You can listen back  to the broadcast here…

Restless [Telematic videomix]

This mix of the Morrad+McArthur composition Restless was recorded live over the internet and aired on Wave Farm radio Saturday April 18 2018. The video was cut for our contribution to a symposium of artistic process and practice at Bath Spa University. The symposium is staged simultaneously with the exhibition Documents, Alternatives (#3) at BSAD gallery at Bath Spa University, which is open to the public 20th April – 1st May 2018. The exhibition and symposium are part of the Alternative Document, a project by Dr. Angela Bartram, Associate Professor and Head of Arts Research, at University of Derby.

A Lack of Chairs

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BSAD, 2018

This video is based on a chance encounter of three sonic assemblages; each of these entities seeks continuity but originates from a disparate place. Originally, the sonic linked themselves together through time, meeting each other through random actions, some of which only will only occur once. These entities have been sourced and gathered from various situations located from London to Sydney, and in this incarnation, are meeting together in a middle ground; the situated context of the video. This ‘meeting’ is a reflection on the working methods of both practitioners.

This video is part of the Documents, Alternatives #3 exhibition curated by Ang Bartram at B-Side Gallery (Bath Spa University): 20 April-11 May 2018.

For more information about this work and the exhibition and symposium check out our previous post on this event.

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Itinerant Mind: Grid 2 [Project Anywhere]

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Image: Annie Morrad at Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, February 2018

“Grid 2” is the second composition to come out of our project “Grid”. Grid 2 is a single one hour durational piece constructed for code, samples, field recording, and improvised saxophones, piano, and guitars. It was broadcast on Aug 19, 2017 via out Itinerant Mind show on Wave Farm. On August 3 2017 we performed a live improv around this composition at Aphantasia (Eight Hour Shift), an art performance by Annie Morrad, Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton in London at AND Event Space. An recorded edit of that performance was played on SoundArt Radio (UK) during their recent DroneWeek.

The Grid project utilizes concepts of the grid, sound, music, improvisation and cities.

The cities are chosen for their personal links to the participating practitioners. This interposes grid structures on London (via ordinance survey maps and staves) on Sydney via structured coded sound drones, and on NY via live improvisation and broadcast. The aim is to create sonic and ultimately visual structures that offer pretention for new and efferent forms of sound and audio visual outputs. This references philosophical and theoretical ideas on rhythm (through polyrhythms and Bachelard’s society and rhythm) structures and when to break these (using music theory and Prevost’s writing). These notions have been further developed in different cities, including Shanghai and Chongqing, China in 2017 and this will continue through 2018.

Documents, Alternatives: a symposium of artistic process and practice

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Annie Morrad will be performing a live improvisation at the upcoming Documents, Alternatives Symposium at Bath School of Art and Design on Fri, April 20, 2018. Annie will be accompanied by a video by Ian McArthur. This is a prelude to our work “A Lack of Chairs” which is featured in the Documents, Alternatives exhibition at B-Side Gallery (Bath Spa University): 20 April-11 May 2018.

‘Documents, Alternatives (#3)’ is an exhibition that includes time-based works that rely on performative process and created experience, which aims to resolve this issue by making the document and artwork reflexive.

Documents, Alternatives is curated by Angela Bartram and develops the curatorial concerns initiated within The Alternative Document, 2016, an exhibition and symposium staged at ProjectSpacePlus, Lincoln, 2015. Documents, Alternatives has been unfolding over a series of exhibitions and symposia at Airspace Gallery (Stoke on Trent): 17 November – 16 December 2017; Verge Gallery, Sydney, 18 January – 24 February); B-Side Gallery (Bath Spa University): 20 April – 11 May 2018; ONCA Gallery (Brighton) as part of Brighton Digital Festival: 21 September – 8 October 2018.

Symposium Description

The documentation of ephemeral artwork, works made to be transient, changeable and un-fixed, is often problematic for the intent and premise of creation as it aligns itself with a particular moment, place and viewpoint in time. Lens-based methods are mostly relied upon to communicate actuality and happening and to fix the un-fixed memory of the artwork, and this is part of that problem. Effectively, this type of documentary device works in opposition to the concept of the artwork, cementing into a fragmentary history when all it wants is to be fleeting in its temporality. The lens-made recording tends to generalise vision and, by extension, it does not fully communicate the experience of ‘being there’ and present. This is problematic for artwork whose very premise is to be transient and time-based, and for which direct experience is a priority.

‘Documents, Alternatives (#3)’ is an exhibition that includes time-based works that rely on performative process and created experience, which aims to resolve this issue by making the document and artwork reflexive. In doing this it acknowledges their need for change so that they remain continuous and in process through staging a practical and thought provoking visual discussion. The symposium accompanies this exhibition at BSAD, and acts in response to process with artistic practice and the experience of the artwork. It situates a series of opportunities for the experience of process through a structure of colloquialism adjacent to the exhibition, to open the nature of artistic process to critical debate. To enable a dialogue about process (as that exhibited and that discussed) informed by both academic and creative domains, symposium speakers are the artists with work in the accompanying exhibition.

The opening of the exhibition follows the symposium, to which delegates are warmly invited.