Wednesday 8 February 2017, 7.30pm
Very pleased to welcome back Chicago-based composer and sound artist, Olivia Block – her first OTO show since 2011 – following on from new album, Dissolution, on Jason Lescalleet's Glistening Examples label.
“Ms. Block deployed her implements — hand-held microcassette recorders and walkie-talkies, a contact microphone brushed through her hair, a cathode light that flashed in time with pattering electronic pulsations — with an elegantly choreographed efficiency. The graceful, deliberate physicality of her gestures enhanced the ebb and flow of her aural assemblage, endowing what might have sounded abstract and cerebral with palpable sensations of volition and emotional involvement.” – New York Times
Olivia Block is a media artist and composer. Her body of work includes sound recordings, audio-visual installations, performances, sound design for cinema, and scores for orchestra and chamber music concerts.
Over the last twenty years, Block has pioneered the utilization of audio field recordings and found materials in the realms of music and sound art. She combines field recordings, chamber instruments and electronic textures, resulting in mysterious and vivid electroacoustic sound pieces including Pure Gaze, Mobius Fuse, Karren, and others. Block creates multimedia installations and performances utilizing found sounds from micro cassette tapes, field recordings, video, and curated 35mm slides.
Block’s work reflects her interests in site specificity, ethnographic sound, architectural sound, and found/archival materials from the 1950's-1990's
Her work with expanded cinema and film artists has led to interests related to cinema sound, and visual phenomena like shadows and reflections...(more)
Luciano Maggiore (Palermo 1980) lives and works in London.
Active musician in the field of electroacoustic music, in recent years he has developed a strong interest in the mechanisms of sound diffusion, using speakers and several analogue and digital devices (walkmans, CD players, tape recorders) as principal instruments. His interest is focused on the architectural and psychoacoustic as well as dynamic and directional values of sound with a strong emphasis on fixed sounds.
His works are published by Balloon & Needle, Boring Machines, Consumer Waste, Hideous Replica, Palustre, Senufo editions, 1000Füssler, Triscele Registrazioni and Tulip records.
Kostis Kilymis is a Greek artist based in London. His work focuses on repetition, noise, immersive environments, feedback systems and the notion of representation. His music combines rhythm, field recordings and synthesised sound, reprocessed live and on location. He has been an improviser, performer and collaborator – his encounters including Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Greg Pope, Leif Elggren, Sarah Hughes, Stephen Cornford and Phil Julian amongst others. Recent work of his has been released on Rekem Records, I Dischi Del Barone, Strange Rules and Coherent States.
Ute Kanngiesser is a German, London based cellist:
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”
Most recent collaborations have been with Seymour Wright, Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga, Rie Nakajima, Jennifer Allum, John Butcher, Terry Day, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley, Paul Abbott, Guillaume Viltard, and Daniel Blumberg.