Sly & The Family Drone bring the party to you

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Supersonic Festival isn’t just about the music happening on stage: With our Film Programme, Workshops, Market Place, Extracurricular Activity, TalksKids Gigs and the inauguration of Capsule Labs (set in motion this year with the presence of If Wet), Capsule has always curated it’s signature event with a mind to creating as exciting and as  memorable an overall experience  as possible for our audience.

So, poking fun at the idea of even playing on stage at all, we this year welcome Sly & The Family Drone to our main stage area. They won’t be using the stage, however, instead they’re opting to invade the floor space so expect to be well and truly immersed in their act! Come on down to the Main Stage at 8pm on Saturday May 31st to be part of Sly’s party.

In case you’re wondering why they like playing in the middle of the floor, here’s what they had to say when we put that very question to them:

“It’s always been that way for us, the first ever sly show I played was in the middle of the room at the West End Centre in Aldershot. I had tape loops and mess all around me, and some friends set up a scalectrix track surrounding me as I was playing. I like being close to the audience, there’s an immediate reaction and a physicality to our performance that you don’t get with a traditional stage/audience set up. I like being able to feel music, be it from movement from a crowd or from our speakers pushing some air.”

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Still wondering what to expect? They went on to describe their sound as: ” Electronics and drums spray machine. BMX-ing along the non-existent line between military-state discipline and complete fucking abandon.”

We reckon you’d better just be there and find out for yourself! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Gods White Noise

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Düsseldorf-based artist Christian Jendreiko is known for making actions with large ensembles of trained or untrained performers in novel, site-specific settings. Jendreiko specifically seeks to reconsider acoustics as aspects of how body and mind are constructed, through a decentralized and sculptural approach towards performance. Lasting anywhere between two and seven hours and featuring classically trained musicians alongside untrained performers in nonhierarchical and improvisatory fashion, Jendreiko transforms groups into social sculpture.

For the Birmingham premiere of ‘GOTTESRAUSCHEN (GOD’S WHITE NOISE): Action for Players, Guitars & Amplifiers’, a number of musicians and artists will perform at Eastside Projects over the course of 7 hours. Intended as a performance for an indeterminate number of guitarists and amplifiers, and taking its cue from a passage by Friedrich Schiller on man’s relationship to a series of sensual and formal compulsions (“For all beauty is ultimately but a property of … movement”), GOD’S WHITE NOISE will unfold over a single day, with guests free to enter, circulate throughout, and remain in the gallery space as long as they wish.

Jendreiko’s actions have been performed at Baer Ridgway, San Francisco (2010), Wesleyan University (2007), Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2007), Kunstverein Nürnberg/Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft (2009), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg (2009) and in various galleries and art institutions throughout Europe. Jendreiko has also presented work internationally since 1999 as a founding member of Düsseldorf-based artist collective hobbypopMUSEUM.

OPEN CALL:

Eastside Projects and Supersonic are looking for performers for GOTTESRAUSCHEN (GOD’S WHITE NOISE), taking place at Eastside Projects on Saturday 23 October, 12–7pm. We are looking for people interested in going through the GOTTESRAUSCHEN experience: You do not need to be a trained guitar player, however you should be interested in sonic exploration of the self. The full performance lasts 7 hours — involvement for the duration is optional: players may come and go. Performers are required to bring their own electric guitar and amplifier, which can be stored securely at Eastside Projects for the full festival weekend. Contact [email protected] for more details.

Eastside Projects is a new model for a gallery, one where space and programme are intertwined: a complex evolving programme of works and events starting from radical historical positions. Forthcoming is a touring exhibition by British artist Carey Young, and pioneering US artist, Dan Graham.

This event takes place at: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AR
www.eastsideprojects.org

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