Tuesday 22 November 2022, 8pm
Dies Lexic (Inês Tartaruga Água e Xavier Paes)
Zara Joan Miller
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer and performer Laila Sakini is London based, but Melbourne born.
Her major works include Like A Gun (EP), Vivienne (LP), Strada (EP), Into The Traffic, Under The Moonlight (LP), Princess Diana of Wales (LP) and her 2017 collaboration with poet Lucy Van, Figures (EP).
Laila has performed at: Cafe Oto, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Berlin Atonal, Listen! festival, The White Hotel, Meakusma x Arkaoda, Kings Place, Wunkderkammer Festival, Ponto d’Orvalho among others.
She has been featured thrice in The Wire Magazine, graced the cover of Switzerland’s cult Zweikommasiben music magazine, been featured on BBC1, in Frances’ Les Inrockuptibles, LA’s AQNB, Belgium’s Gonzo magazine, Italy’s Blow Up and in several specials on NTS Radio, LYL, Dublab, Red Light.
Working with piano, voice, guitar and silence Laila creates dynamic and textured environments that provide the listener with space to develop their own meanings and responses.
“It’s like a dream where everything’s bright and gilded and beautiful but you keep remembering something is very, very wrong” - Low Company, 2020
"Laila Sakini is producing some of the most vital and brittle music of our time.” – Boomkat, 2020
“An enigma with a purpose” – The Wire Magazine, 2021
“With each listen, there's another line, another noise, that jumps out from Sakini's sonic coral reef, a reef that feels simultaneously uplifting and deeply distressing.“ - Resident Advisor, 2022.
Dennis Tyfus (1979) is a Belgian piano virtuoso and visual artist.
His work is based on an unbridled drawing practice and a preference for language and words, but the way it appears is always different. The work is constantly moving. The sculptural aspect of Tyfus’s work is the way in which he carefully and consciously deals with the space it occupies. There are flyers and posters, drawings, paintings and performances, as well as installations, sculptures, videos, vinyl records, concerts, t-shirts, magazines, books and tattoos. Tyfus uses his label Ultra Eczema, which by now consists of about 250 releases, in order to integrate influences and interests and to keep count of his tangled artistic practice.
Dennis Tyfus has collaborated with many artists and musicians such as Mette Rasmussen, Chris Corsano, Cameron Jamie, Albert Mayr, Thurston Moore, Joe Mcphee etc
Dies Lexic is a duo by Inês Tartaruga Água and Xavier Paes. Part of Favela Discos collective, they explore the channeling potentialities of sound, wandering between spectrums, ethereal soundscapes and zones of sonic subduction through means of DIY electro-acoustic instruments, amplified objects, electronics and composition processes based on repetition, language, chaosmosis and error.
Xavier Paes is a transdisciplinary artist based in Porto. He divides his practice between visual arts, sound, performance, gleaning improvisation and multi-instrumentalism, focusing on ideas such as acoustic phenomena, repetition, resonant and sympathetic bodies, echo and ecology. He has presented his work at institutions, galleries, festivals, kiosks, raves and after-parties, highlighting places such as Serralves Museum, Oliva Arts Center, Porto Municipal Gallery, Stichting Centrum (The Hague), OCCII and Vondelbunker (Amsterdam), La Pointe Lafayette and L'international (Paris), STUK (Louven), Overtoon (Brussels) and Villa Arson (Nice).
Inês Tartaruga Água is a multidisciplinary artist, focused on the issues of deep ecology and radical regeneration, sound explorer and practitioner of DIY philosophy as well as collaborative and participatory practices in public space. Participates in collective exhibitions since 2013, highlighting the “XIII International Biennial of Artistic Ceramics” (Aveiro, 2017), “Убежище / Suoja / Shelter Festival - Laboratory” (Helsinki, 2019), «48 часов Новосибирск» (Siberia, 2019) , or “Soundscapes” (Bahrain, 2019), and has her first individual artistic residency “Méhtēr: Matter, Form and Transformation” at Júlio Dinis Museum in Ovar (2018). Recently, Água has debuted sound pieces in Casa de Serralves (Porto, 2021) and in Casa das Conchas (Spain, 2021).
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.