Monday 24 February 2020, 7.30pm
CAST-ON, coordinated by Ilana Blumberg and Tom Wheatley, is about the building of music and clothing.
Featuring contributions from Pierre-Alexandre Fillaire, La Marquesa de Helada con Dulce de Leche (Omaima Salem), Joel Grip, Billy Steiger and a machine-knitters consort.
Working with the act of clothing, building, specific technology and machinery, manual work, anacrusis, group endeavour and obedience, how forces act upon fabric and threads, tropes of the industry of fashion, the relationship between a person and their machine.
Please note that this performance contains nudity.
La Marquesa de Helada con Dulce de Leche also known as Marquesa de Dulce is living her first life on earth, at least that is what a polish psychic she met in Warsaw told her a couple of years ago. In her long and first life on this planet she hasn't achieved much. She writes poetry for herself, make stains for her friends, knit scarves for her dog and sings in her bathtub. She lives a rather happy and optimist life because she figured out it wasn't much use to be anything else. She is pre-destined to be first minister of the kingdom of Faraoula and is working hard on that matter. The 24th of February will be her first appearance on stage since the school-play she performed at age 9 in Cairo city. She has appeared in Cannes non-awarded movies but who cares? Certainly not her. Her fellow non awarded magician friend Daniel Blumberg refers to her as "Egyptian Goddess" and that she does care about.
Pierre started to style as a way of expression and quickly decided to challenge the body and its limit within styling. With the strong support of close artists and friends, they decided to style onto themselves. Behind shapes and masks, within a world of total annihilation of their own self, they have tried to push the boundaries of presence and absence in order to reappropriate a sense of identity.
‘the absurd of our civilisation at the edge of its fall’ is what Pierre tends to illustrate within their work - a documentation of the performative aspect of our existence.
Throughout their body of work, Pierre enhanced a world of unknown individuals lost into the absurd wasteland of our civilisation without any hope or belief for themselves or the world. For Pierre, the performance is the action of bringing imaginary into the real, while the final result (photography) is its pure form of documentation.
Tom Wheatley is an artist and musician based in London
His current projects include:
- A duo previously containing clothes, stands, close-mikings and dog hair with Ilana Blumberg, documented here
- A long-standing duo with Billy Steiger, releasing it’s first public material soon
- A new recording project with Iain Hetherington
- Various lineups & outputs with Daniel Blumberg, often including Billy Steiger, Ute Kanngiesser, Elvin Brandhi and Jim White
- A duo with Grundik Kasyansky, currently finishing it’s first release, and the trio Denis D’or, with Yoni Silver also
For a number of years now, energetic double bassist, filmmaker and producer Grip has played an important role for the new scenes of improvised music in Europe. As founder of Umlaut Records, he opened up for creative forms of organizing collectives of musicians and promoting their music internationally. Since 2003 he has been one of the main organizers of Hagenfesten in Dala-Floda, Sweden, a stand-alone festival, and quite frankly possibly the most pleasant venue for free improvised music not only in Sweden but in the whole of Europe. Few other places offer quite the same endearing combination of sophisticated musical risk-taking, and up-beat, social get-together. Grip’s musicianship is informed by a similar knack for welding musical sophistication with social communication, often with an analog film camera at hand. With a handful of short films Joel Grip met mexican filmmaker Mauricio Hernández and shortly the film production company Umlicht was established. They are right now working on their second feature film together.
Billy Steiger was born in Howth on the 16th December, 1986. Now he plays the violin.
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”
Patrick, Quentin Blake.