Steven Ball has worked in film, video, sound, and installation since the 1980s. His early practice combined super 8 film and video, and more recently encompasses digital audio-visual media, in exhibition, online and live, audio-visual and spoken-word performance. He also writes, performs, and releases music, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Storm Bugs. In the last few years he has concentrated on writing and recording suites of songs, which have been described by Radio Free Midwich as “…the missing link between reductionist improv and the intimate breathy song cycles of a Robert Wyatt.” His latest album ‘Bastard Island’ (Linear Obsessional 2019) is a collection of speculative fiction dispatches from spatio-temporally ambiguous elsewheres and elsewhens. For Strange Umbrellas he will perform new and recent songs.