Two events to stimulate the audio and visual senses as spring draws closer:
Merlin Porter at The Art Cafe
Merlin was winner of Oxford Arts Group 'Best visual artist' award for 2013 and is a hugely talented young artist. His work is being shown at the Art Cafe in Oxford until the end of March and it would be nice to get more closely acquainted with his delightful sketches of Oxford people and places over a coffee and perhaps a bite to eat as a prelude to attending the closing event of a rather special festival:
Oxford Audiograft 2014
Audiograft is an annual festival of experimental music and sound art in Oxford. Curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University and co-promoted by OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music).
The final event of the festival takes place at the Old Fire Station auditorium at 7:00 and features a range of collaborations and solo works between some of the festival's performers.
Full details here: http://www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/saturday-1503/ along with a link to tickets (£5.50 including booking fee)
Biographical notes on the performers:
Jérôme Noetinger is a composer/improviser/sound artist working with electroacoustic devices. such as: the reel to reel tape recorder Revox A77 and magnetic tape, analogue synthesisers, mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household objects and home-made electronica. Performing both solo and in ensembles, and collaborating often, and touring extensively internationally.
Lionel Marchetti is a composer of musique concrète. He has composed in the CFMI of Lyon 2 University between 1989 and 2002, where he still organizes workshops focused on the loudspeaker, the recorded sound and Musique Concrète, both on practical and theoretical levels. He has built his own recording studio, and composes also in the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) in Paris since 1993. Lionel Marchetti also performs improvisation using microphones and loudspeakers.
Rie Nakajima works with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of audio materials and found objects. She has exhibited widely, both in the UK and overseas
Guy Sherwin studied painting before making films and performances in the 1970s, The work engages with light, motion and sound as fundamental elements of cinema. Recent performances with Singaporean artist Lynn Loo use modified 16mm projectors and optical sound (sounds made from light), sometimes in conjunction with improvised music and has been toured to venues in Europe, USA, Asia, and Australia.
Lynn Loo graduated in fine art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in film archiving from the University of East Anglia in England. Her first films, were semi-narratives, diaristic and poetic. They were shown in festivals worldwide. After moving to England, she has been making films that emphasize material qualities and investigate relationships in light, time and space between the making processes and the final live (multiple) projection
Dawn Scarfe has recently been sleeping in the woods as ‘Embedded’ Artist in Residence with The Forestry Commission England and Sound and Music. Her work includes installation, performance and field recording, often employing fragile materials such as glass resonators and lenses. Recent exhibitions include Tuned City Brussels, Sound Art ZKM Karlsruhe, TONSPUR Vienna and ARTe SONoro Madrid.
Meet upstairs at the Art Cafe from 5.30 or at The Old Fire Station from 6.45. Look for the Oxford Arts Group signs.
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