Tuesday 5 February 2019, 7.30pm
Fresh Klang: Shenece Oretha
Morgan Craft & Guests
Venus Ex Machina
Venus Ex Machina is a composer, sound designer and interdisciplinary artist. She has contributed sounds and music to a range of projects including releases on NON Worldwide and Optimo Music, an installation for Hyperdub, and a score for ICA & Channel 4’s short-film series, Random Acts.
In 2018, she developed her first “pirate AI” opera as Fellow of the performance laboratory CTM HackLab at HAU2 in Berlin, and also led a workshop on radio transmitter building at Moogfest in North Carolina, titled Wireless Imagination and influenced by her current fascination with the mythical and borderless nature of radio communication.
Morgan Craft is a solo electric guitarist and veteran of New York’s progressive music scene of the mid 1990s and early 2000s, holding a resume which includes work with Me’Shell N’degeocello, Marc Ribot, Talib Kweli, Butch Morris, Nona Hendryx, Christian Marclay, Vernon Reid, Ikue Mori, Greg Osby, Johnny Kemp, Pete Cosey, Greg Tate, Elliott Sharp, Anton Fig, Daniel Carter, etc.
In 2004, Craft stepped off the grid, beginning an eleven-year odyssey into the remote Tuscan mountains in search of a new musical methodology. Having found what he was looking for, his return to the modern world was inevitable.
Currently based in Amsterdam, he has released thirteen solo albums as well as numerous essays and articles.
Shenece Oretha, who lives and works in London, is a multidisciplinary artist and DJ (under her alias, ORETHA). Converging multichannel sound installations, performance, text, print and sculpture, Shenece’s focus is on polyvocality and listening as an embodied practice. She choreographs layers of music, voice, recordings and noise to shape moments of communion and ceremony. (@oooretha)
Taylor Le Melle is a curator and writer based in London. Taylor’s institutional experiences include David Roberts Art Foundation, Camden Arts Centre and a role as Assistant Curator, Public Programmes at Serpentine Galleries. There Taylor co-programmed the Galleries’ film, talks and performance series such as Park Nights 2017. Taylor has also organised shows at: McKenna Museum of Art (New Orleans), Chisenhale Dance Space, Arcadia Missa, and Assembly Point (all London). Taylor’s writing has been featured in: Art Monthly, Flash Art and Sophia Al Maria’s upcoming Sad Sack (Bookworks, 2018). With artist Imran Perretta, they have initiated not/nowhere, an artist workers’ cooperative focusing on film, audio and digital practices. With Rowan Powell (PhD Candidate, UC Santa Cruz), Taylor runs PSS, a publisher of printed matter whose upcoming projects include a publication edited by Rehana Zaman. Taylor is the 2018 Writer in Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts.
pssss.co // not-nowhere.org
photograph by Daniella Valz Gen