Triple-bill of AV performances from Amsterdam-based duo Optical Machines, sound artist Graham Dunning and Berlin-based artist collective Transforma + musician/composer PC NACKT.
Occasionally the term ‘live AV’ can conjure images of someone dancing slightly too aggressively behind a laptop while underwhelming screensaver-esque visuals project behind them (and half the audience wonders if they’re sending emails). Fortunately, this evening’s triple-bill of AV performances will be far removed from that, as each of the acts take a more analogue approach to their craft. First up are Amsterdam-based duo Optical Machines (Rikkert Brok andMaarten Halmans) performing in the UK for the first time. Their experiments with lamps, lenses, modified record players, and analogue synthesizers form the basis for their mesmerising light show with interfering patterns and abstract animation.
Sound artist Graham Dunning will use his mindblowing mechanical techno method for a one-of-a-kind half hour performance, in which he sets off a number of looping records spinning on just one axle and does his darnedest to make sure they stay in time with one another. Each record has a trigger to analogue synths, cowbells, cymbals, and drum machines. The end product is a live dub that’ll have you nodding your head like nobody’s business. Seeing (and hearing) is believing. Graham Dunning will give a behind-the-scenes performance on Thursday 21 April.
Berlin-based artist collective Transforma (Luke Bennett, Baris Hasselbach and Simon Krahl) and musician/composer PC NACKT (Warren Suicide) bring proceedings to a close with their GRAETE show. Using a special AV apparatus, Transforma explore prototypes of simple human tools and their application. The visual instrument magnifies and recalibrates found objects so that a stick or stone becomes recognisable as a tool, as does a camera or a spotlight. A dazzling combination of electronic sounds and unusual sights, this is exhilarating live cinema at its best. Transforma will be giving a talk about their practice on Thursday 21 April.
*Please note: performance times are approximate. The musician and producer Patrick Christensen (aka PC NACKT) is amongst Germany`s most versatile artists. Combining sounds and philosophies of popular and experimental music are the shaping elements of his work. Nackt has written music for movies, TV shows, theatre plays, dance pieces, computer games, as well as remixes, producing albums and performing around the world.
In 2002 he co-founded the electro-punk band Warren Suicide, as well as the Chez Cherie, a recording factory with an adjoining art association in Berlin’s Neukölln district. This led to cooperation with musicians and artists such as Placebo, José Gonzales, Kim Wilde, Dub Pistols, filmmaker Wim Wenders, The Dutch Philharmonics and many others. One of the most prominent projects by the collective is the experimental orchestra project "The Berlin/Gothemburg String Theory", which Nackt conducts on their concerts in concert halls around Europe.
Since 2011, PC Nackt has been a co-producer and co-writer for Berlin musician Sascha Ring (aka Apparat), regularly going on tour with him. Together they received the Soundtrack Stars Award at Venice Film Festival 2015 for the score of the Drake Doremus movie "Equals".
Suitable for all ages, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.