Wednesday 21 February 2024, 7.30pm
Contact and The Thames Submarine present the next iteration of Surfeit, a celebration of music, film, sound and performance featuring: Rie Nakajima, Angharad Davies, Guy Sherwin, Lynn Loo, David Leister, Kenichi Iwasa, Matt Harding, Esmeralda Valencia Lindstrom, David Leister, Stuart Pound, Bridget Coderc, Andrew Knight Hill & other names TBC.
Rie Nakajima is a a sculptor living in London. She has been working on creating installations and performances by responding to physical characters of spaces using combination of motorised devices and found objects. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others. She has exhibited and performed worldwide. She has collaborated with Ikon Gallery(Birmingham), Museo Vostell Malpartida (Cáceres), Tate Modern (London), Serralves Museum (Porto), ShugoArts (Tokyo), Hara Museum (Tokyo) and many others. Her frequent collaborators includes David Cunningham, Keiko Yamamoto, Pierre Berthet, David Toop, Haruko Nakajima and Akira Sakata.
Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist based in London working with free-improvisation, compositions and performance.Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation.
Much of her work involves collaboration. She has long standing duos with Tisha Mukarji, Dominic Lash and Lina Lapelyte and plays with Common Objects, Cranc and Skogen. She has been involved in projects with Tarek Atui, Tony Conrad, Richard Dawson, Gwenno, Roberta Jean, Jack McNamara, Rie Nakajima, Tim Parkinson, Eliane Radigue, Georgia Ruth and J.G.Thirlwell.
Most of her records are released on Another Timbre but she also has releases on Absinth Records, Confrontrecords, Emanem, Potlatch and winds measure recordings.Her first orchestral piece was commissioned by LCMF in 2019.
Studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s. His subsequent film works often use serial forms and live elements, and engage with light, time and sound as fundamental to cinema. Recent works include installations made for exhibition spaces and performance collaborations with Lynn Loo working with multiple projectors and optical sound.
Sherwin was guest curator of ‘Film in Space’ an exhibition of expanded cinema at Camden Arts Centre London 2012-3. He taught printing and processing at the London Film-Makers’ Co-op (now LUX) during the mid-70s. His films were included in ‘Film as Film’ Hayward Gallery 1979, ‘Live in Your Head’ Whitechapel Gallery 2000, ‘Shoot Shoot Shoot’ Tate Modern 2002, ‘A Century of Artists’ Film & Video’ Tate Britain 2003/4. He lives in London and teaches at Middlesex University and University of Wolverhampton.
Lynn Loo is originally from Singapore and currently based in London. Loo made a transition from a music background to filmmaking in 1997. She studied film and video at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and film archiving in University of East Anglia. A way to describe her films is that they are compositions of images and sound that suggest narratives or convey an event without text or words. Unfinished Symphony (2001, 16mm) and Floating (2004, super-8) are examples of that. In 2004, She was introduced to films made from makers involved in the London Filmmakers’ Co-op. Works specifically from the 70s. This has influenced her present work where the exploration of filmmaking has moved to an investigation of the celluloid and presenting works in a performance element with multiple projectors. Her first film from this is ‘0’ (2004, 16mm), followed by Vowels (2005, 2x 16mm). Letterforms printed onto strips of film that would also produce the soundtrack. Vowels is expanded to Vowels and Consonants in collaboration with Guy Sherwin. Her most recent work is a 2x 16mm projection performance piece, Washi #2 (2014). Since 2005, She has been collaborating with Sherwin in numerous film performances and projects. Her films have been included in numerous international festivals and galleries. Some of her works are in the collection of Asian Film Archive in Singapore and recently in He Xiangning Art Museum in China. She supports herself working as a Conservation Specialist at BFI National Film and Television Archive in UK
Matt Harding explores movement, texture and repetition. He has released several albums, scored films and live soundtracks. His audio-visual pieces include performative installations and an ongoing series of sound films. He also runs the sound and art platform The Thames Submarine.
Esmeralda Valencia Lindström studied at Slade School of Fine Art (2007) and the Royal Academy Schools (2011). Recent solo exhibitions include the Royal Academy Weston Studio (2020) and St. James’ Church Piccadilly (2021) both in London. Lindström is a lecturer at Gothenburg University and is currently working on a research project developing materials and objects from dry rot funded by the British Arts Council.
Kenichi Iwasa is a London based improviser and multidisciplinary artist from Japan, also known for his legendary Krautrock Karaoke night, and collaborations with visual artists and musicians such as Beatrice Dillon, Maxwell Sterling and Linder Sterling.
He currently performs with Naima Karlsson under the name Exotic Sin and released LP on Blank Forms.
Most recent live & recording collaborations have been with Neneh Cherry, David Ornette Cherry, Tyson, Denardo Coleman, Rebecca Salvador, Alexander Tucker, Alexis Taylor, Visio, Heith, Finley Clark, Lutto Lento, Blood Music.
David Leister has over a dozen films in distribution with LUX that are regularly included in experimental film programmes and festivals both in the UK and in Europe.
Bridget is a lens-based media artist fully immersed in the mystical universe of psychedelic-glitch video art. Her work explores the relationship between memory, nostalgia, and psychoanalysis. Having grown up in the early noughties, she is fascinated by the way in which image-recording technology affects our collective memory.
Stuart lives in London and has worked in film, digital video, sound and the visual arts since the early 1970's. Since 1995 he has collaborated with the poet Rosemary Norman. Video work has been screened regularly in London and at international festivals.
Andrew Knight-Hill is a composer of electroacoustic music, specialising in studio composed works both acousmatic (purely sound based) and audio-visual.
Contact is an artist-run organisation based in London that has been curating screening events involving experimental film, video and other art forms since 2013 and recently published Film Talks:15 Conversations in Experimental Cinema.
Simon Payne's videos are predominantly orientated around bold graphic forms and highly structured sequences that produce conflicting planes and unexpected effects. His work has been shown in numerous international film festivals, cinemas and art galleries including the Ann Arbor, Edinburgh, London and Rotterdam international film festivals; Anthology Film Archives, New York; the European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück; Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco; Media City, Windsor, Ontario and the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. In the UK his work has shown at the Camden Arts Centre; Tate Britain and Tate Modern; the Serpentine Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery. His videos are distributed by LUX (London) and Lightcone (Paris).