A gas-tower film.
How When the Where is something akin to the disorientation of witnessing ones own present, like trying to thread a line through the multiplicitous eyes of self when the only anchors for orientation are in the irregular junk mail received in the post and the found symbolism of personal knick knacks.
Music and sound design by Joe Howe
Grey matter is an original audio artwork that is a simple play upon affect and effect. Affect; saying something with emotion and feeling but understanding it’s real and that you mean it. Effect; best to use irony or humour because if not you’ll come across as a wet sack of douche.
April 13th @ CCA Glasgow, 7:00pm
lang. nest. ins.
A video by Amelia Bywater and Rebecca Wilcox.
The video is built with a series of short clips.
[Nested, wrapped into the body, camera phones, intimacies and technologies. A pattern plays out – the sequence is deliberate but not wholly exhausted – the pattern repeats, but doesn’t mean the thing that comes next is the only thing that can happen. Modification. Response. Sequencing. Excess. Overflow.
Woven together with writing as text and voice.
Movement of the body through streets (and commerce); the body and the movement and the recording encrypted with chains of messages (speech) of commodities and commerce. Access is made possible only by way of a recording. Excess of information through bodily interfaces; language, solvency, debt. Not just a site or moment of dialectic exchange, it’s active, reading, coding, producing, informing. Insolvency is the refusal to pay debt (literally).]
Episode #8 is part of a group of three works presented by gas-tower.com, that attempt to evoke ‘liveness’, a willingness to speak to the present with immediacy and a sense of reality. This series will bring out alternative modes of sharing the disorientation of existing within a personal yet political notion of self.
August 25th @ CCA Glasgow, 7:00pm
gas-tower.com presents Pizza, a media performance by Neil Bickerton.
In the shifting tides of web location in the disembodied and global age of digital communication, the conditions for understanding ideas of community have shifted from a specific geo-location to wherever it is you share a particular set of interests and allegiances; it could be argued that the word community takes on an entirely new meaning. Community exists on the particular websites, blogs and technologies. Identity is corralled into loose groupings of style, fashioned from commodities, technology and media. In the hegemonic peer-to-peer network there is the confusion or collapse of identity because everyone constantly speaks in the first person, ‘I’ becomes an echo chamber of being, loneliness and loss of sincerity. Pizza playfully satirizes the loss of idealist narratives and the alienation of ‘being’ online, abstracting notions of participation and performance from any material expression.
Episode #5, Filming the cactus takes hyperacusis the extreme aversion and hypersensitivity to sounds as a point of departure. Originally an audio artwork produced for Radiophrenia, the video is a montage of stills that revolve around the utilitarian space of a sound recording studio. Appropriating material from sound archives, field recordings and audio media Episode #5, Filming the cactus examines the subjectivity of audio experience, manipulating and reworking the original sources to fictionalize an audio therapy machine as an autobiographical reflection of the artists own antagonism towards silence.
Episode #4, Recipe for feedback (Storegga Slides) is a video and audio collage. The video is composed of footage from camera phone stills and dv video and is part documentation and part exploration of the working production process of the collaborating artists Rob Kennedy, Pete Dowling and Karena Nomi. Episode #4, Recipe for feedback (Storegga Slides) presents a number of questions raised by their collective work, concerning relationships between rehearsal and ‘liveness’ while examining ways in which language and non verbal sound influence the structuring of our physical and social environments.