Sonica Festival Hub

Festival Hub
14 Albion Street, Merchant City

During Sonica 2012 there will be a pop-up Festival Hub at 14 Albion Street. The space will be transformed into an event space for workshops, performances, screenings and exhibitions; as well a place to meet and eat after shows.

Fri 9 (Launch party), Sat 10, Thurs 15 and Fri 16 November // 8-11pm

The festival hub will host 12 Foot Diner, the launch of a new culinary project serving delicious food in temporary locations. Food will be cooked by Rosie Healy and served between 8-11pm, around a single table. For large groups please book in advance – 12footdiner@gmail.com. Please note this is not a licensed premises, we will be operating a BYOB policy.

Mon 12, Tues 13, Wed 14 November // 6pm- onwards (8pm on Wed 14th)

Jane McInally will present a site-specific video installation made for Picture Window at Sonica, a new moving-image work using the rhythms and patterns of traffic-flow, pedestrians, and the regular movements of the street surrounding the exhibition window. At 25 frames every second, McInally uses video in order to allow the audience to listen and reconsider the urban environment often overlooked.

Performances

Tues 6 November, 9-10pm // Wed 7 November, 6-7pm

Steve Hollingsworth and Jim Colquhoun present Two Ruins (II), a live performance exploring the potential of neon to create sound. The artists bodies and their close proximity to a field of neon fragments create a slowly shifting landscape of sound and light.

Wed 14 November // 6pm

Mathew Colling’s performance focuses on live performance with an electric guitar and ‘prepared amplifiers’, a technique he has been exploring in his work for an extended period. The guitar will be used as both a traditional instrument and a control advice, influencing the behaviour of custom-made computer software in real time. The work presents sound in a physical, audible and visual manner.

Alex Hetherington continues an interest in live spoken word with his re-enactment of Ulrike Müller’s The New York Times, presenting immediate live narratives from newspaper headlines and stories, local, national and international in a context divorced from their original location and meaning, examining journalistic notions of truth and fact.

Dora

Tell us what you think of Sonica and we’ll translate your words into music. Please visit Dora in the Tramway foyer. Simply type three sentences about the event you just saw and compose your own piece of sonic art!

Sonic Dreams

What do your dreams sound like? Sonic Dreams is a fantastic sound world for children and adults alike. Meet Barney the cat, who dreams of catching fish in the ocean, fly to the jungle in your own helicopter and become a Commonwealth Games gold-medalist! Anything is possible on this 3D sound journey where the only limit is your imagination! An intimate sonic installation for families. Age 5 upwards.

“A wonderful journey into the world of 3D sound and an experience that shouldn’t be missed.” Edinburgh Spotlight

Performed by Veronica Leer, Annie Leer and Gabrielle Hughes.

Commissioned by Edinburgh’s International Science Festival created by Cryptic and ARUP. Developed with support from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Supported by Digital Design Studio.

Picture Window

Picture Window is an on-going project which animates vacant and transitional commercial spaces and shop fronts. In different locations across the city, these temporary spaces present work outside the gallery environment, allowing artists and musicians to engage with the public directly.

Picture Window is a project by Annie Crabtree and Eileen Daily. Read more on the project on picturewindow.org.uk.

Image of Sonica 2013 Picture Window Logo

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Schedule of performances and installations

Thurs 25, Fri 26 and Sat 27 October.

Alexa Ispas will present a video piece of autobiographical text projected onto a shop front window in the shape of an electrocardiogram to the sound of a heartbeat. The location of the shopfront is used as a site of uncovering the extraordinary in the taken-for-granted.

Venue: Market Gallery – 334 Duke Street, Dennistoun.

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Wed 31 October, Thurs 1 and Fri 2 November

Gustav Lejelind and Louise Magnusson, are Swedish based artists currently studying at the Valand School of Fine Art and Composition Programme and Sound Art at The Academy of Music and Drama, respectfully. They address the notion of space and time in relation to the street and the shop front through droning sounds and video presented on two TV monitors.

Venue: South Block, 60 Osborne Street, Merchant City

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Tues 6 November, 9-10pm // Wed 7 November, 6-7pm

Steve Hollingsworth and Jim Colquhoun present Two Ruins (II), a live performance exploring the potential of neon to create sound. The artists bodies and their close proximity to a field of neon fragments create a slowly shifting landscape of sound and light.

Venue: 14 Albion Street, Merchant City

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Wed 7, Thurs 8 and Fri 9 November // 6pm- onwards

Thomas Leyland-Collins’ work explores the dialogue between sound and space. His work is concerned with the possibilities of how sounds are, and can be, used in a social context. For Sonica, he will project a live Skype feed, open to any member of the public to call into. The installation with connect the audience and the artwork via the online communication device.

Venue: South Block, 60 Osborne Street, Merchant City

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Sat 10 and Sun 11 November // 1-5pm

Wounded Knee’s Song Shop will be open for business on the weekends of 1st and 8th November. This will potentially feature shifts by, Alisdair Roberts, Ewan McVicar, Washington Irving, as well as Wounded Knee himself. The Song Shop requires interaction from a public audience, where each performing artist will play a song for 50p, teach a song for a £1, or exchange a song for a song with members of the public. With up to 8 shifts per weekend, the shop will be a mini-festival within itself.

Venue: 256 Saracen Street, Possil Park

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Mon 12, Tues 13 and Wed 14 November // 6pm- onwards (8pm on Wed 14th)

Jane McInally will present a site-specific video installation made for Picture Window at Sonica, a new moving-image work using the rhythms and patterns of traffic-flow, pedestrians, and the regular movements of the street surrounding the exhibition window. At 25 frames every second, McInally uses video in order to allow the audience to listen and reconsider the urban environment often overlooked.

Venue: 14 Albion Street, Merchant City

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Sunday 11 – Wed 14 November // 6pm- onwards

Flatten the Mountain will present a projection of images from their archive, interventions within the surrounding area, and text contributed by members of the public via twitter. As viewers approach the window they will set off external motion sensors which will trigger a change from text to image, connecting the installation with the street outside.

Venue: South Block, 60 Osborne Street, Merchant City

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Performance event:

Wed 14 November // 6pm

Mathew Colling’s performance focuses on live performance with an electric guitar and ‘prepared amplifiers’, a technique he has been exploring in his work for an extended period. The guitar will be used as both a traditional instrument and a control advice, influencing the behaviour of custom-made computer software in real time. The work presents sound in a physical, audible and visual manner.

Alex Hetherington continues an interest in live spoken word with his re-enactment of Ulrike Müller’s The New York Times, presenting immediate live narratives from newspaper headlines and stories, local, national and international in a context divorced from their original location and meaning, examining journalistic notions of truth and fact.

Venue: 14 Albion Street, Merchant City

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15 – 18 November // Opening event:

The Arcadia Project is an ongoing collaboration: a fictional radical anarchist group working against the privatisation of spaces all over Scotland. After performing covert acts all over Glasgow, from constructing badminton courts to planting potatoes, the “group’s” work was presented at the Lighthouse in Glasgow in March 2012. For Picture Window, The Arcadia Project will be implementing Phase II, exploring the use of branding and advertising in the everyday. Arcadia Project II ™ will be a centre for the promotion of their vision of ‘a globalised future radical anarchy’, endeavouring to bring to you the ultimate radical anarchist experience.

Venue: Market Gallery – 334 Duke Street, Dennistoun.

Free Flicks featuring Tape Crackers

Feeling a bit tired after all the action? Fancy something a bit more relaxing? Come and enjoy a selection of films exploring sound. Selected by Sonica and Grampian Mountains.

Featuring, Tape Crackers by Rollo Jackson: A fascinating fan’s-ear recollection of an amazing period in UK music culture, charting the shifts between Happy Hardcore, Jungle, D&B and Garage in the mid-late ‘90s. Preceded by a selection of sonic shorts.

14:00 – 15:00
Prime Composition by Daniel Jones (03:12)
Emergence of Nothingness by Bill Millett (06:00)
Beginning of the End by Mairead McClean (03:11)
Linear Shift by Taryn Edmonds and Lauren Healey (17:28)
A Surrealist’s Piano 1924 by Emma MacLeod (01:17)
Visions of the Invertebrate by Edwin Rostron (02:35)
Lux by Allison Clifford and Graeme Truslove (04:33)
Luminous by Matthew Pell and Sebastian Buccheri (05:00)
Oblique Theorem by Jung In Jung, Skye Reynolds, Tamsyn Russell and Chih Peng Lucas Kao (06:33)
Nobody by Rosie Toner and Mark Vernon (10:00)

15:00 – 16:30
Tape Crackers by Rollo Jackson (1hr 30)

16:30 – 17:30
Regenerator by Ross Finnie (04:43)
Escape by Mic Dessi, Alessandra Spano and Cirian Lyons (05:17)
Of Unknown Origin by Edwin Rostron (03:00)
State of Mind by Mairead McClean (10:17)
CS2 by Louise Harris (08:43)
Ghost Band by David Webster (01:30)
Traces of Places by Roddy Simpson/Articulate Animal (10:00)
Insomnia by Peter Hastie (00:36)
Dead Reckoning by Stephen Hurrel (15:00)

17:30 – 19:00
Tape Crackers by Rollo Jackson (1hr 30)

Pilgrimage from Scattered Points

Glasgow based filmmaker and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler’s kaleidoscopic and enigmatic view of the life and work of composer Cornelius Cardew, founder of experimental musical collective the Scratch Orchestra (1968 – 1973).

Juxtaposing first-person interviews, recent and archive footage, still photographs, short animated sequences and predominantly unreleased music, Fowler has created an appropriately unconventional and compelling film-work, which highlights the issues raised by and the synergies between Cardew’s and his own creative practice.

Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

Enlightened Sound

The Whisky Bond’s unseen spaces host an exhibition to celebrate and explore the intrinsic relationship between Glasgow’s music and arts culture. A group of artist/musicians including Raydale Dower (Tut Vu Vu), Steev Livingston (Errors), Richard McMaster (Silk Cut), Tom Marshallsay (Dam Mantle) and Tom Scholefield (Konx-om-pax), will visually expand on a piece of music they have made through light, installation, film and sculpture.

Includes preview night party and a variety of musical happenings, throughout Sonica 2012. For more info please check website and our social networking sites (#sonica2012).

Music Box Migrations [Workshop]

Free & Fun! Drop-in at any time.

Designed to accompany Piano Migrations, Music Box Migrations explores the idea of using a picture as a musical score. Images of birds, bird migration patterns and maps are printed directly onto strips of card. Holes are punched according to chosen points on the images or map. These holes trigger notes when the score is wound through a music box – creating a (usually pleasing) melody.

Supported by Scottish Music Centre.

Light Show

Following the success of Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine at the Southbank Centre in October, audio visual performance artist Robin Fox presents the results of a four week residency at The Glue Factory. For one performance only, Fox uses lights, smoke and electronic composition, to fill the cavernous spaces of the Glue Factory, creating an awe-inspiring, three-dimensional, synaesthetic experience.

The light show will be followed by a club night with a DJ Set as part of Sonica’s closing party.

robinfox.net

Sonica 2012 Artist in Residence. Supported by Australia Council IETM Collaboration Project.

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