Friday 27 August 2021, 7.30pm
To mark the launch of the new LP on Calling Cards Publishing "Sonograph Sound Series Volume 2: Public & Domestic Plumbing & Sanitation" - Mark Vernon and Laura Phillips will plumb the depths to present an experiment in sound and image exploring the structures of sanitation systems, boilers, pumps, plumbing networks, drainage and water supplies.
The evening also welcomes Mary Hurrell, an interdisciplinary artist working across sound, performance, sculpture and text to explore choreography of the body. And John Macedo, whose work explores connections and relationships and revealing the hidden potential in all sounds, environments and technologies, often in intimate, immersive and intuitive ways.
Mark Vernon is a sound and radio artist whose practice is focused upon concepts of audio archaeology, magnetic memory and nostalgia. Operating on the fringes of sound art, music and broadcasting, his works main concerns are with field recording, the manipulation of environmental sounds and the power of the disembodied voice. A rich collection of domestic tape recordings; audio letters, dictated notes, answer-phone messages and other lost voices often find their way into his bewitching soundworlds. A keen advocate of radio as an art form, he also co-runs and curates Glasgow’s art radio station, Radiophrenia. His solo and collaborative music projects have been published through labels including Kye, Staalplaat, Flaming Pines, Ultra Eczema, Entr’acte, 3Leaves, Misanthropic Agenda and Canti Magnetici.
Laura Phillips, b.1986 Bristol, is a Sagittarius, non-smoking artist who lives and works between Bedminster, South Bristol and Southmead, North Bristol. Her work investigates the complexity of obsolescence and precarity as narrative devices. Phillips uses a mixture of photochemical processes, sounds and digital imagery and often makes work through conversation and collaboration. She makes films and plays waterphone in the audio-visual project Viridian Ensemble, who perform live improvised music and images (both digital and analogue) to produce an ethereal blend of film and noise which reimages folklore and femininity. Their recent releases include The Prelude commission for The Quietus and Aerial Festival 2020. Her work has been acquired by the Arts Council England Collection, and previous presentations of her work include at International Film Festival Rotterdam (2020); Supernormal Festival (2019) Oxfordshire; NAWR at BBC Studios Swansea (2019); and Arnolfini (2019/20), Bristol.
Mary Hurrell is an interdisciplinary artist working across sound, performance, sculpture and text to explore choreography of the body. She is interested in forms of language and movement in relation to physical and psychological experience; drawing on themes of desire, water and the perceptual and sensory fields of the body and its incorporeal fluidity.
Recent performances and exhibitions include; Blush Response (2021) for Nicoletti Audio; UNDEX at Jupiter Rising Festival, Edinburgh (2019); Cafe OTO, London (2019); Movement Study 6 (Maxxinna), The Bower, London, (2018); ちょう¬, Yamakiwa Gallery, Japan (2018); 3 (OXIORCAD), Flat Time House, 2 (AERIAL), Kunstraum, London; 1(Pitch), organised by fluent at Centro Botin, Spain (2018); StereoSkin, Herdubreid Biosal, Iceland (2017); Movement Study 5 (Pearlex), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2016); EROTIC MECHANICS, 10 Martello Street, London, (2016)
John Macedo is a sound artist and performer from London. He has incorporated everything from acoustic instruments and environmental sound to analogue and computer synthesis into recorded works, live performances and sound installations. He has a pluralistic approach which reveals and highlights the hidden potential in all sounds, environments and technologies, often in intimate, immersive and intuitive ways.
He performs live solo and has collaborated with artists and musicians such as Phil Julian, John Butcher, Graham Dunning, Tom White, Michael Speers, Artur Vidal, Adam Bohman, John Edwards, Lee Fraser, Sue Lynch, Yoni Silver, Steve Noble, Cath Roberts and more. He has had work released by Hideous Replica, Sound Holes, Beartowns Records and a releases small run and object editions on his own label, The Black Plume Editions. He also organises the monthly experimental and improvised music concert series SOLO:DUO:TRIO at the OTO Project Space.