Saturday 5 February 2022, 8pm

Feature: Lawrence Lek / Lila Matsumoto / Edmund Hardy / Seb SMS (DJ) / All Night Flight (DJ)

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Feature is a new event series inviting contributors from the worlds of art, poetry, and performance. This first iteration welcomes Lawrence Lek (artist/musician), Lila Matsumoto (poet/musician) and Edmund Hardy (poet/filmmaker), with Seb SMS (DJ) and All Night Flight (DJ). 


Lawrence Lek

Lawrence Lek is a London-based artist, filmmaker, and musician working with video game engines, simulation, and architecture. He explores worldbuilding, the creative approach of crafting entire fictional worlds as a form of collage, incorporating elements from the material and virtual worlds to develop narratives of alternate histories and possible futures.
Lek composes soundtracks and conducts live audio-visual mixes of his films, often incorporating live playthroughs of his open-world video games. Soundtrack releases include Temple OST (The Vinyl Factory, 2020) and AIDOL OST (Hyperdub, 2020). Solo exhibitions include Ghostwriter, CCA Prague (2019); Farsight Freeport, HeK, Basel (2019); Nøtel, UKR, Essen (2019); AIDOL, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); and 2065, K11, Hong Kong (2018).  

Lila Matsumoto

Lila Matsumoto’s latest publication is Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water (Prototype Publishing, 2021), a Winter 2021 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Looking to the fictive possibilities of poetry, and poetry’s affinities to song and music, the collection explores the theme of contingency: as individuated, ordinary-extraordinary moments, as broader cultural milieu, and as resonances of social and environmental inequity. Rooted in descriptions of objects and nature, these illustrative poems offer a sense of the world as an observed tableau, inviting the reader in as an involved and knowing participant in the creation of a strange yet familiar world.

Lila's other publications include the poetry collection Urn & Drum (Shearsman, 2018) and the chapbooks Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2016) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press, 2015). 

She teaches poetry and creative-critical writing at the University of Nottingham and plays in the bands Food People and Cloth. 

Edmund Hardy / Namida Red

Edmund Hardy / Namida Red is a writer and filmmaker of mixed Japanese-British heritage. He published a book of experimental philology, Complex Crosses (Contraband Books, 2014), and writes regularly on politics and poetry for Tribune and other publications. His films — the most recent being ‘A Field of Islands’ (2020) and 'Red Moon Journey' (2021) — combine animation, documentary, and dream-like narrative. Every Cruel Thing (Monitor Books, 2021) is his first collection of poetry.

Seb Mariner + All Night Flight

Seb Mariner co-founded NTS Manchester and the party series Stop Making Sense (SMS). He now works with the Manchester Camerata. All Night Flight Records is a select record shop in Stockport dealing predominately in left-field, experimental, electronic, and worldwide sounds. 

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