Thursday 12 January 2023, 8pm
Contact and The Thames Submarine presents Surfeit, a celebration of music, film, sound and performance featuring: Steven Ball, Angharad Davies, Livia Garcia, Matt Harding, Sue Harding, David Leister, Lynn Loo, Jo Millett, Ecka Mordecai, Guy Sherwin and Li Song.
Steven Ball has worked with moving image, sound and installation since the early 1980s. His early practice encompassed super 8 film, video and digital media. He currently works in landscape based songwriting and audio-visual performance.
Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist based in London working with free-improvisation, compositions and performance. Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation.
Livia Garcia's work focuses on a series of line drawings named The Silent Improvisers. These drawings become graphic scores and are interpreted by musicians and dancers in live performances such as Water Modulation Festival in Hong Kong (2018) and New Wind Festival in London (2017-19).
Matt Harding explores movement, texture and repetition. He has released several albums, scored films and live soundtracks. His audio-visual pieces include performative installations and an ongoing series of sound films. He also runs the sound and art platform The Thames Submarine.
Sue Harding is an Emmy award winning Foley artist and performer, with an interest in the relationship between sound, music and movement.
David Leister has over a dozen films in distribution with LUX that are regularly included in experimental film programmes and festivals both in the UK and in Europe.
Lynn Loo was raised in Singapore and taught music before moving to Chicago to study experimental film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Loo’s work often involves a direct manipulation of filmstock and printing processes. The expanded 16mm film performance Vowels & Consonants (2005) marked the start of her collaboration with Guy Sherwin.
Jo Millett’s work concerns experience in moving image and sound; the relationship between perception, memory, technology and location/situation, the temporal dislocation and the (dis)connections between sound and image.
Guy Sherwin began making films at the London Filmmakers Co-op. His Short Film Series (1975–ongoing) and live performance pieces such as Man with Mirror (1976–ongoing) involve human, animal, and natural phenomena transcribed as filmic subjects, while his optical sound films and performances explore a variety of abstract audio-visual ideas.
Ecka Mordecai is a cellist who experiments with performance, voice and body, she has collaborated with Andrew Chalk and Tom Scott (CIRCÆA), Valerio Tricoli, Lia Mazarri, and worked with David Toop and Rie Nakajima, Clive Bell, Vanishing, and Thurston Moore.
Li Song is a London-based musician and software engineer. He performs improvised music with his computer and composes music using electronics and acoustic instruments. His collaborative project with Zhu Wenbo, No Performance, focuses on compositions using environment sounds, acoustic instruments, computer algorithms and random sequence.
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics, and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn, and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack).
Andrew Knight-Hill is a composer of electroacoustic music, specialising in studio composed works both acousmatic (purely sound based) and audio-visual.
Contact is an artist-run organisation based in London that has been curating screening events involving experimental film, video and other art forms since 2013 and recently published Film Talks:15 Conversations in Experimental Cinema.
The Thames Submarine
The Thames Submarine is an art and sound platform featuring work and conversation with artists who use sound as an integral or evocative element of their practice.