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TOM LOCK & TOM RICHARDS present Within (Electronics and Video Performance)

Tom Lock and Tom Richards come together in an audio-visual collaboration. Expanding and reflecting upon Lock’s installation work titled Within (Focal Point Gallery, Sept 2017 Southend-on-Sea), this performance brings together a mesmerising collage of sound and vision inspired by Octavia E. Butlers 1987 book Dawn.

Tom Lock is an artist based in London. His work has been exhibited and screened at places such as Focal Point Gallery - Southend, Tate Britain, CCA - Glasgow, The Institut Français - Japan and the Nottingham Contemporary. He explores the use of symbolic imagery related to these two colossal subjects. Science-Fiction and Fantasy literature regularly inform a research base for his practice. The authors that inspire Lock range from Octavia E. Butler to Ursula Le Guin, amongst many others. He is drawn to writers that explore issues related to both humanistic and other worldly ideas. 

With the use of animation, Lock’s work illustrates the narrative of a hybrid organic form in an alternative future in which humans coexist with extra-terrestrial beings.

Tom Richards is an artist, musician, DJ, researcher and instrument designer working in London UK. Richards has built his own idiosyncratic modular electronic music system, with which he creates slowly evolving and heavily textured polyrhythmic improvisations. 

He has recently submitted his PhD (Goldsmiths/Science Museum) on the work of Daphne Oram: electronic music pioneer, and founder member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This research included the construction of Oram’s Mini Oramics synthesizer design (Circa 1975), a project that has since gained worldwide attention.