Concert 3, Here – Performance
With: Kate Carr, Viv Corringham, Poloumi Desai & Elsa M’bala
Thursday 7 February 2019 | 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Upper Gallery, London College of Communication
Free and open to all, booking essential | Book here
Here, there and in-between is a series of three concerts curated by CRiSAP Director Cathy Lane for the Reel Lives public programme at London College of Communication, featuring performances and works from emergent and established sound artists from the UK and Europe.
At these events, the audience will be invited to sonically engage with aspects of the voice and language, places near and far and recent and current events through the different styles, ears and perspectives of each of the artists. Taking place in the main gallery at LCC, each session features an eight channel system, surrounding the audience and reconfiguring the gallery into an immersive listening space.
Kate Carr has been investigating the intersections between sound, place, and emotionality both as an artist and a curator since 2010. During this time she has ventured from tiny fishing villages in northern Iceland, explored the flooded banks of the Seine in a nuclear power plant town, recorded wildlife in South Africa, and in the wetlands of southern Mexico. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wire, Pitchfork, Fact Magazine, The Quietus, and The Guardian. It has also been played on the radio on stations ranging from various channels of the BBC, to independent stations in Estonia. Her music can be found on the labels Helen Scarsdale (US), Rivertones (UK), Soft (France) 3Leaves (Hungary) Galaverna (Italy) as well as on her own label Flaming Pines. Carr is Australian, and lives in London.
Viv Corringham is a British singer and soundscape artist, currently based in New York. Her work includes performances, installations, radio works and soundwalks. She is interested in exploring people's special relationship with familiar places and how that links to personal history and memory. She received two Composer Fellowships from McKnight Foundation, through American Composers Forum, and many other grants and awards. She has an MA Sonic Art from Middlesex University, London and is certified to teach Deep Listening by composer Pauline Oliveros. Her work has received international recognition and been presented in twenty two countries on five continents.
Poulomi Desai is a self-taught, outsider, multi-media artist and curator since 1980 [when she set up Hounslow Arts Co-op at the age of 14]. Originally inspired by a street theatre background, her works are performative, textual, image based, and acoustic. She works with collaborative working processes which evolve through research, learning and action to examine the elusive, creating large scale photographs, performances and outdoor sound installations. Commissions and Exhibitions include The Serpentine Gallery, London, The Science Museum, London, The Queens Museum, New York, The Oxford Gallery, Kolkatta, and The Photographers Gallery, London. She co-founded the first South Asian LGBTTQ campaigning organisation, Shakti in 1987 and also co-founded the first HIV / AIDs charity in India, the Naz Foundation International in 1991. In 2010, she set up the Usurp Art Gallery and Studios, the first and only artist led creative space and studios in the London Borough of Harrow. She was commissioned by the Google Cultural Institute and Sound and Music in 2015 to curate an exhibition for International Women's day and in 2017, she researched, project managed and curated the first comprehensive exhibition on the Grunwick strike 1976 -1978 "We are the Lions”. Desai is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Heritage Quay Archives and the British Music Collection.
Elsa M’bala was born in Yaoundé. She spent part of her early childhood in Cameroon before resettling in Germany and growing up there. As a social worker, she has realized projects with youth in Germany, Canada, and Jamaica. Since 2009 she has been a member of the band Rising Thoughts and since 2001 has worked as a freelance educator. She lives in both Germany and Cameroon and is in the process of developing an extended cultural-pedagogical project in Cameroon. The complex experience of living as a black woman between two worlds is a central theme of her artistic activity as author, performer, and musician. In her texts and songs, M’bala takes a poetic and critical approach to investigating her lifeworlds, the conflicts that arise from these worlds, and her desire for change.
Supported by Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice
Part of Reel Lives – a programme of discussions, screenings, performances, interactive activities and more presented by the Screen School at London College of Communication.
For more information please see the Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice and UAL
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