Sunday 31 July 2022, 8pm
SLOW COMPRESSION brings together a collection of works dealing with the distortion of language, image and sound as they pass through different systems of translation: encoding, compressing, exporting, transporting, transpiling, indices, ciphers and codecs. These works allow for new kinds of encounter to occur as meaning is unsettled or misplaced.
The event marks the launch of Fieldnotes/Sessions: a monthly programme of audio content published online and broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM. The programme echoes the focus of the Fieldnotes print journal on formal and poetic innovation: its purpose is to provide a test site for ideas and research, a space for experimental modes and new prototypes. The evening will include screenings, readings and performances from the musicians, artists and writers whose work will be included in the Fieldnotes/Sessions programme.
DISCOURSE ON THREE METAMORPHOSES
Recently, a hundred or so wild beasts
Dressed like willow catkins, eyes closed
Flying around Qingnian Street
The American Indian’s hair
Is actually blue
The American Indian’s shoes are also blue
Yan Jun, translated by Matt Turner and Weng Haiying
Mónica Rivas Velasquez
This is not a garden
Reading & projection
Holding and Not Holding
Yan Jun & Li Song & Zara Joan Miller
Everything in the Universe Except This
Poetry reading (between Mandarin and English)
Fieldnotes is an artist-run publishing project that produces a biannual print journal and a public programme of workshops, radio broadcasts, screenings and readings. Founded in 2020, Fieldnotes aims to promote and support non-conforming creative practices that pioneer new cultural forms and collaborative ways of working.
Holly Antrum (b. London 1983) is an artist filmmaker based in London working with the haptics of the lens in film, writing, print installation and archives. She is in the first year of a full time TECHNE-funded PhD by practice at Kingston School of Art with the BFI. Through her work on 16mm, on paper and digital mediums, she has been consistently interested in auditory encounters with creative and spontaneous language, as a texture or layer to the visual, the work of the eye within fragmentary embodied narratives. EIDOLON (2017), is a recent commission, premiered with selected works from Cinenova collection, Cinenova Now Showing: Holly Antrum, Robina Rose, Clara van Gool, The Showroom, London (2018). Solo exhibitions have accompanied her films, including Catalogue, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh (2016) and A Diffuse Citizen at Grand Union, Birmingham(2014). Her film Catalogue with Jennifer Pike Cobbing (funded by the Elephant Trust) was the focus of an edition of the Flat Time House / Electra curated events series Someone else can clean up this mess at Flat Time House, London (2014). Major group exhibitions in the UK include The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery and internationally, In the House of Mr and Mrs X, Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2013). Studio residencies include the Acme Fire Station, Bromley-by-Bow (work/live award 2015-2020), and Grand Union, Birmingham, UK (2014). Her moving image work is distributed by LUX.org.uk
Yan Jun is musician and poet based in Beijing, who currently lives in Berlin for an artist residency (daad).
He is working on improvised music, experimental music, field recording, organizing and writing. alongside of at venues, he goes to audience's home to play with the environment and what else available in the room (Living Room Tour project).
Also amplifying body movements or other performative elements in a simple manner.
He is member of FEN, Tea Rockers Quintet and Impro Committee. and founder of the guerrilla label Sub Jam.
Li Song is a London-based musician and software engineer. He performs improvised music with his computer and composes music using electronics and acoustic instruments. His collaborative project with Zhu Wenbo, No Performance, focuses on compositions using environment sounds, acoustic instruments, computer algorithms, and random sequence. He is also a member of computer network music ensemble and research group, [ _ _ _ ] (with Jia Liu and Shuoxin Tan), focusing on algorithmic collaboration.
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.
Mónica Rivas Velásquez is a Colombian artist living in London working with expanded notions of drawing and embodied narratives. Composed of a series of collages and text, This is not a garden considers relations to grass and soil, political conflict and personal history via memory, remoteness and mediated proximity. This is the most recent iteration of her ongoing project, More Than an Object, its Shadow, which manifests as publications, performative readings, lectures and sound works. MOS has been staged at ICA, Stanley Picker Gallery, South London Botanical Institute, AWL Radio, Theatrum Mundi, Clouds and Tracks and Radiophrenia.
Frances Young is an artist working with moving image and sound. She is currently completing a practice-based PhD at the Royal College of Art, London. With a background in painting, she began working with electronic sound in the early 2000s, and with film and video soon after. The relation between sound and image has been central to her work, with the practices of audio and video often intertwined; more recently sound has become a particular strand of her practice and research, operating on its own terms. Her contribution to Fieldnotes/Sessions,A Soundtrack, is presented as a soundtrack for a non-existent film, clips seen in the imaginary. Her work has been shown internationally and is in the collections of: David Roberts Art Foundation (London, UK); Gemeentemuseum, Helmond (Netherlands); University of the Arts London (UK); and private collections in the UK and USA.
Zara Joan Miller is an artist filmmaker and author of poetry collection BLUE MONDAY (JOAN Publishing, 2022). Her work has appeared in Fieldnotes journal, Another Gaze, Hotel, MAP, Autograph Gallery, Flash Art, Worms Magazine (forthcoming). Often working collaboratively, her practice is driven by a desire to challenge anthropocentrism and rhetorics of ableism, significantly influenced by her ongoing work with brain injury survivors. Her films play with layered movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Screenings include Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA, 2022); Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival (Lausanne, Switzerland, 2021); Cafe OTO (London, UK, 2021); Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts (Goa, India, 2020); and xvvix.com.
Zara co-hosts SHOES with Lia Mazzari on RTM.FM. Each show focuses on a different pair of shoes, the sounds they make and how, once recorded and reheard, they begin to form a political language across time. Research-led, SHOES traces rhythms of human expression across dancing, pedestrian and barefooted cultures with a focus on sounds of resistance. With Evie Ward, she programmes the movement and sound series CEREBELLUM.