Sunday 12 April 2015, 8pm
Enigmatic Japanese sound artist Tetsuya Umeda returns to London for a further exploration of rewired electricity, unpredictable sound and atmospheric transformation, following three incredible performances in 2013 in conjunction with the South London Gallery.
Also on the bill are Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal, who explore mobile technology as a medium for sound diffusion. Audience members can join in by simply connecting to a specific website with their mobile phone, laptop or tablet. The connected devices become an array of speakers that the performers can control live, resulting in an omni-directional sonic experience.
Umeda gets ideas for his works from the environment and the circumstances surrounding the exhibition space. Even spaces that at first glance seem to be nothing special, can turn out to have countless characteristics, found in the space above the ceiling or the space behind the wall - or in the position of lighting system and its structure, the material of the wall, and construction of the building, etc. It is from such dialogue with a specific space that UMEDA creates his work. He often work in spaces not normally used for exhibition and make use of found objects like daily tools and waste scraps in elaborate systems of cause-and-effect relationships. Powered by gravity, wind, centrifugal force or falling objects UMEDA’s work keeps the situation unstable and unpredictable.
UMEDA lives and works in Osaka.
Tim Shaw is an artist interested in the relationship between site and technology. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and site-responsive interventions his practice attempts to expose the mechanics of systems and to reveal the hidden aspects of technology through sound. His practice is anchored in the creative use of field recordings and uses a variety of self-constructed technologies to playback and manipulate recordings to create complex sonic environments. He is interested in appropriating communication technologies to explore how these altered devices might change the way we experience the world.
Tim has presented artwork all over Europe, in the USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. Collaboration plays a central role in his approach, he has been lucky enough to make artistic work with Chris Watson, John Bowers, Jacek Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal. Shaw has recently presented work at New Ear Festival, New York (2018), History of Bosnia Museum, Sarajevo (2018), ARC, Switzerland (2018), bb14, Linz (2017), Stereolux, Nantes (2016), Baltic, Gateshead (2017), FACT Liverpool (2016), Eastern Bloc, Montreal (2016) and The Wired Lab, New South Wales, Australia (2016). He currently works as a lecturer in Digital Media at Culture Lab, Newcastle University.
Sébastien Piquemal is a computer engineer, obsessively exploring the artistic capabilities of machines. After working several years as a full-stack web developer in Helsinki, Finland, he decided to dedicate himself fully to making music. Since then, he has been an active contributor to the open-source software community, leading various projects such as WebPd (Pure Data patches running in the web browser). As a lover of Jazz and improvised music, Sébastien is seeking new ways to place human interaction at the core of live music. He is presently doing a MA degree in sound in new media at Media Lab Helsinki.