1比1现金兑换捕鱼游戏微信A Means Without End: Community art collective Arika return with the latest edition of their Episodes strand

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A Means Without End: Community art collective Arika return with the latest edition of their Episodes strand

  • Claire Sawers
  • 8 November 2019

A Means Without End: Community art collective Arika return with the latest edition of their Episodes strand

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Edinburgh-based radical arts organisation present five days of performances, discussions, screenings and more

Somewhere in the virtual realm, a Google Drive exists where artists, activists and philosophers can brainstorm and geek out. It’s a study group called The Institute of Physical Sociality, created by Edinburgh-based radical community arts organisation, Arika.

‘The group have been wondering if they can provide generative analogies for reading the complex desires and struggles of social life,’ writes Barry Esson from Arika. ‘Or if the disturbing findings might be poetic indicators of the impossibility of continuing with dominant ways of understanding existence.’

Following on from 2017’s weekend festival Other Worlds Already Exist (themed around science fiction) is Episode 10: A Means Without End, using quantum theory, maths and physics alongside music, film and dance to untangle some knotty modern issues. Poets, academics and sound artists will gather for five days to find imaginative routes out of oppression, be it patriarchal, heteronormative, ableist or racist. Jazz theorist and black studies scholar Fred Moten is returning to Glasgow, alongside performance artist boychild, documentary maker Wu Tsang and tarot reader / philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva. Jackie Wang is a punk zine creator, performing a piece for harp inspired by Alice Coltrane, and Nathaniel Mackey, the black radical poet, will read his work and take part in discussion groups.

注册送分捕鱼可退现金Max Cooper: ‘My music is primarily an emotional expression and the science usually comes in the structuring of those feelings’

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Max Cooper: ‘My music is primarily an emotional expression and the science usually comes in the structuring of those feelings’

  • Stewart Smith
  • 25 September 2019

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As Sonica returns to Glasgow, we find out what to expect from Aether, the ambitious interactive performance by musician, scientist and producer Max Cooper

Sonica, Cryptic’s award-winning festival of visual sonic arts, returns to Glasgow this autumn with a programme that ranges from the domestic environment (Yuri Suzuki’s Furniture Music), to the cosmic realm of quantum physics (Michela Pelusio’s Spacetime Helix), via ocean life and ancient forests. Scotland-based artists presenting include Heather Lander and Alex Smoke, Sue Zuki and Robbie Thompson, Lo Kindre, Kian McEvoy, and Ela Orleans. The festival also unveils a new venue, The Engine Rooms, which hosts AUSNA’s enveloping sound installation 100 Keyboards.

The festival opens with Aether, a spectacular performance from musician, scientist and producer Max Cooper and design collective Architecture Social Club. Thousands of threads will hang from the ceiling of the Tramway, catching moving points of light to form a diaphanous, constantly shifting matrix that responds in real-time to Cooper’s electronic sounds. Audience members can move around the space to view the patterns from every angle, as they morph from interlocking geometric grids into a swirling cosmic vortex.

Cooper trained as a scientist, but he finds it difficult to say how his studies have influenced his composition and production. ‘My music is primarily an2017现金捕鱼游戏平台 emotional expression, and the science-related part usually comes in in the structuring of those feelings. There’s always that human-machine balance when I’m working with science-related ideas and visuals.’

Audio-visual performances help bring these wider interests into Cooper’s creative process and live shows. ‘It’s hard to map data to music. We have very specific requirements about how sound waves need to be structured to sound musical to us. Whereas visually it’s much more open, we can use real science data and generative models based on abstract ideas to create things which many of us find appealing.’

Aether was created by Satyajit Das, Regan Appleton and David Gardener as a response to Cooper’s question of how to bring the live audio-visual experience out of the distant performer on stage model, to the audience instead. ‘It’s very different from most AV shows in this respect,’ Cooper explains. ‘You can walk around it and see a hovering three-dimensional moving image from all angles. It’s a beautiful live creation to get to play with.’