The Furies

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‘The Furies’ – a dirty girl band
at mac, Saturday 22nd October, 9pm

Birmingham’s own Kindle Theatre plunder the city’s native sound of Heavy Metal to create a ballsy gig for you to come and get sweaty to.  ‘The Furies’ smashes together rock, metal and soul songs with text and poetry to drasticall retell the story of Clytaemnestra – a woman betrayed. Told through the eyes of Clytaemnestra’s band ofFuries; hot, sensual, with a glint in their eye, this is the ultimate tale ofrage, revenge and envy.

“Joan Jett, Ramones, Bowie, Rocky Horror, Angela Carter… Fantastic, they had the audience in their palms”
Audience feedback, BE Festival 2011, winner of the European Touring Prize

Age recommendation 15+
Tickets £12/£9, available through mac box office: 0121 446 3232 + online HERE

www.kindletheatre.co.uk

 

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Seeing Sound

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Seeing Sound Curated by Laura Coult
12PM – 7PM Fri – Sun
VIVID I 40 HEATH MILL LANE I BIRMINGHAM B9 4AR www.vivid.org.uk

Seeing Sound is an exhibition exploring the ways in which we experience sound as light, movement, noise, and colour. Spanning 70 years the programme draws together historical and contemporary moving image works including Ben Russell’s Black & White Trypps No. 3 (2007) which documents an audience’s collective freak-out during a performance by Rhode Island noise band Lightning Bolt; and Tony Conrad’s seminal work The Flicker (1966) a 30-minute film exploring the possibilities for harmonic expression using a sensory mode other than sound; audience reactions to the film ranged from disorientation, temporary hypnosis, and intense experiences of colours and patterns, to headaches and violent bouts of nausea, all seemingly caused by the pulsating light’s interaction with the brain’s alpha waves. Other artists include Stefan and Franciszka Themerson and Benedict Drew.

Live performances
Classical percussionist Joe Snape performs: Lärmlicht #1, for percussionist, 4-channel tape and 8 lightbulbs.

Mr.Underwood will stage a rare performance of Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music. Originally scored for “For Microphones, Amplifiers Speakers and Performers” this specially adapted version will be performed using four Noise Boxes / Optical Theremins, similar to those made in the workshop, and four torches.

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Prick your finger

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Craftspace Collective workshop led by Prick Your Finger
Sunday 24th 3 – 6pm

A craft and knitting workshop led by Rachael Matthews & Louise Harries aka Prick Your Finger, dedicated to making band inspired pom poms, think sparkly wool for Chrome Hoof style knitted treats, or if you want to take a load off and do a bit of quiet knitting, pop in.

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Grand Union

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Grand Union presents Hiker Meat by artist Jamie Shovlin

Grand Union presents an exhibition by London based artist Jamie Shovlin. His latest project Hiker Meat examines the degree to which a film director (or artist) has control over their works’ intended message, meaning and historical legacy, exploring the inherent tension within processes of collaboration and adaptation in any creative endeavour.
The project is a partial adaptation of an earlier work by Shovlin, Lustfaust: A Folk Anthology 1976-81 (2003-6), an archive of material created by the fans and musicians of a fictional German noise band. Contained within this archive is a narrative sketch for an exploitation film entitled Hiker Meat, for which Lustfaust composed the soundtrack. Using these found notes as a starting point Shovlin is producing a large body of work which acts as a homage to, and deconstruction of, exploitation horror films of the 1970s and 80s.
Unit 19, Fazeley Industrial Estate, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RS
12-8pm Friday 22nd October, 12-6pm Saturday 23 October, 12-4pm Sunday 24th October.
FREE ENTRY
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Eastside Projects

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Eastside Projects presents: Local Myths by artist Jennifer Tee

Local Myths is the first UK exhibition of work by Jennifer Tee. Specially commissioned, Tee will construct a sculptural setting with allusions to a number of ideologically transformative inner structures, sanctums and theosophical spaces – ostensibly visible but not directly tangible. Tee will be transforming the gallery space to accommodate works that lie, stand and hang, reconsidering the materials, walls and floor of the building.

Eastside Projects are also hosting Gods White Noise with artist Christian Jendreiko on Saturday 23rd October 12 – 7pm

86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AR
Thursday 12 – 6.30pm, Friday to Sunday 12 – 5pm

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Noise Boxes

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photograph by Hellocatfood

Supersonic Noise Boxes – workshop

When: 2pm, SATURDAY, 23rd October
Number of places: 20
Cost: Free to weekend ticket holders plus £10 contribution for materials, each participant will get a Supersonic Noise Box Kit, for you to make and keep. You will need to bring your own thing to house it in (see details further on)

What: A 3hr workshop led by sound artist mr.underwood aka Glatze to build a 3 oscillator screaming, light-controlled Noise Box. Each participant will build and take home their Noise Box. This will be based on the unit shown in the demo video, with a few nice tweaks and additions to make it even cooler!

Noise Box – Supersonic from Sam Underwood on Vimeo.

What is the Noise Box?:
A sci-fi electronic drone instrument whose pitch is controlled with gesture.  The frequency of the sound output by each of the three oscillators in this Optical Theremin is determined by the intensity of the light falling on each sensor. Vary the light using your hands or by shining a light directly onto the unit . Use just one oscillator for a more playable instrument, or all three at once for a noisy cacophony of sound!

Suitable for: All skill levels. Complete beginners welcome – we’ll teach you how to solder etc. Mr.Underwood and his team will assist you throughout the build of your 3 oscillator Supersonic Noise Box.

Booking: email admin[at]capsule.org.uk , marking the subject field as “noisebox” a payment request for the materials contribution will then we sent to you, places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

What you will need to bring:
You will need to bring your own enclosure to house the electronics. Something with the following minimum internal dimensions: 140mm (long) x 90mm (wide) x 40mm (deep), you will be provided with all other components, instructions and tools you will require to complete the build.

Your £10 materials cost covers the circuit board, the various components and the project amp. The only thing we leave up to you is what you would like to put it in. We do this to provide a level of personalisation and customisation. So, please bring a sturdy container of some kind to house it in.

Mr.Underwood is a musician, sound artist and instrument designer. His established projects go under the names of Mr.Undewood and Glatze. He started instrument building many moons ago, starting out with odd acoustic instruments and then he got into circuit bending. From this, he has started to develop a series of electronic and mechanical instruments, including his midi-octopus. A great believer in knowledge sharing and a DIY culture, Mr.Underwood is delivering a series of workshops throughout 2010.



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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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