10–12 December 2015

Reality Check: Mark Fell – Three Day Residency

Three-day residency curated by Sheffield-based multidisciplinary artist, Mark Fell, spanning distinctive approaches to sound, philosophy, plus a special reading room installation from Fell in the OTO Project Space. Mark Fell's work – ranging from minimal electronic music, to sound installations and audio-visual works – has placed him at the forefront of a rapidly expanding area of extreme and independent computer music and his explorations are never less than fascinating. We'll be hiring in an extra PA for all three nights of the residency!

“Fell's sleek surfaces are much too slippery to allow for grip. But there's a world of detail and profound rhythm, and with some patience this cold-by-design music can grip you as warmly as any deep house record.” – Resident Advisor

“If Mark Fell had been the technical consultant for synth-pop bands like The Human League, popular music of the early 1980s woulda taken a radically different turn and the pages of the NME would have been virtually empty during those crucial years. Incredible, inhuman and impossible music...” – The Sound Projector 


THU 10 – SAT 12 DECEMBER
OTO PROJECT SPACE
Mark Fell Reading Room
(Free entry)

THU 10 DECEMBER
The Anti-Group
Gábor Lázár
Thomas Metzinger (presentation on the self)
Frances Morgan (DJ set)

FRI 11 DECEMBER
Rashad Becker & Eli Keszler
Rian Treanor
Simon Prosser (presentation on time)
Jean Shirt (DJ set)

SAT 12 DECEMBER
Limpe Fuchs
Richard Sides
Michaela Antalová
Dr. Federica Frabetti (presentation technology)
Lee Gamble (DJ set)

Mark Fell

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). After studying experimental film and video art at Sheffield City Polytechnic he reverted to earlier interests in computational technology, music and synthetic sound. In 1998 he began a series of critically acclaimed record releases on labels including Mille Plateaux, Line, Editions Mego and Raster Noton. Fell is widely known for exploring the relationships between popular music styles, such as electronica and club musics, and typically academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. Since his early electronic music pieces Fell’s practice has expanded to include moving image works, sound and light installation, choregoraphy, critical texts, curatorial projects and educational activites. He has worked with a number of artists including Yasunao Tone, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Okkyung Lee, Luke Fowler, Peter Gidal, John Chowning, Ernest Edmonds, Peter Rehberg, Oren Ambarchi and Carl Michael Von Hausswolff.

The diversity and importance of Fell's practice is reflected in the range and scale of international institutions that have presented his work which include - Hong Kong National Film archive, The Baltic (Gateshead), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Laboral (XIxon), The Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), The Serpentine (London), The Australian Centre For Moving Image, Artists Space (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), Corcoran (DC), Curtis R.Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (NY), Lampo/Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (Chicago), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Hanger Biccoca (Milan) and others. Fell's work is in the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna) and has as been recognised by ARS Electronica (Linz).