Saturday, December 10, 2005

Hayley Newman - 'A Concert' - 26 November 2005

A number of artists were invited to devise a series of musical performances in response to Hayley Newman’s MiniFlux installation. The evening took the form of a conventional concert with works by THE BOHMAN BROTHERS, BRUCE GILBERT, MARGARITA GLUZBERG, and HAYLEY NEWMAN herself.

We're Alive, Let's Meet! Saturday 10 December

This image is made by Debi Withers, and is her attempt to represent the sound she and some members of Creative Routes made during this 'get together'.

Members of Creative Routes present work made with sound artists Isa Suarez and Melanie Clifford as part of a workshop established for the Her Noise exhibition.

Creative Routes is a survivor-led interdisciplinary community arts organisation that aims to promote and celebrate the creativity and individuality of survivors of the mental health system and of mental distress.

During the afternoon we discussed the sound pieces that Creative Routes members made, and are now available on a cd from the South London Gallery. Isa and Melanie, proposed some workshop ideas from Pauline Oliveros book, Deep Listening: A Composers Sound Practice. The excercise involved each person finding a sound and then bringing it back to the group, and eventually trying to make the sound as a sort of improvised ensemble piece.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

We're Alive, Let's Meet! Saturday 3 December

A film screening of Guerillere Talks (Vivienne Dick, 1978, 25mins) and
Dresden Dynamo (Lis Rhodes, 1971, 10mins).

Using eight rolls of Kodak sound Super-8 film, Vivienne Dick profiles eight women, shot in real time and without editing. The 'subjects' include Pat Place and Adele Bertei, former band members of the Contortions, Lydia Lunch and Ikue Mori. Lis Rhodes film is the result of experiments with the application of Letraset and Letratone onto clear film extending into that area of film, which is 'read' by optical sound equipment.

We showed Guerillere Talks twice, Vivienne Dick was here, and she spoke beautifully of her time in New York in the late 70's.
Vivienne explained how making her film was a way of meeting people, especially the amazing women making music at that time. She also explained how her films were shown in clubs alongside live music acts, and this led to travelling with her work to many small film institutions in the US. These two stills show Ikue Mori and Adele Bertei with Nina Canal.

Later we screened Lis Rhodes film Dresden Dynamo, in the main gallery on 16mm. A lot of people watched and listened to this wonderful film made by interfering with the optical sound strip on a piece of film, and finely editing and reworking with layers of letraset and letratone.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

We're Alive, Let's Meet! Saturday 26 November

Saturday 26 November 2 - 5 pm

People involved in improvised music and those interested in sound production and distribution are invited to make recordings, with friends, or by inviting others to begin new collaborations.

Thinking about improvisation gives some balance to the emphasis placed on music economies, and the elevation of some people over others.

Pauline Oliveros - We Could (1980)
When a group is together, each person (after focus is established, or not) finishes a sentence beginning with "WE COULD..." in as many ways as possible. Time could be limited, or open-ended. The sentences could be recorded or not. The group could vote on subsequent action according to the sentences, or just enjoy imagining what they could be doing.

During this afternoons 'get together' we will look at some texts and recordings that are concerned with improvisation. Please if you have any materials and experiences that you would like to share.

Some of the Women from the Emotional Orchestra came for this 'get together'. The Emotional Orchestra is the name given by the artist Marina Rosenfeld to a project she has devised, whereby she invites up to 30 women to participate in a 2 day workshop, playing all kinds of bowable instruments. The London workshop took place at Tate Modern in late September 2005.
About 10 women came for the 'get together', they discussed a new project that they are keen to work on, and played in the
'Reverse Karaoke' tent. Later we discussed how important improvising had become to them, how it had changed the way they
do and think about other things.

We read some of the Pauline Oliveros pieces and we did the excercise 'We Could...'

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Installation shots

The Her Noise Archive and base of 'We're Alive, Let's Meet' get togethers.

Christina Kubisch - Security

Kaffe Matthews - Sonic Bed Laboratory

Hayley Newman - MiniFlux

Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether - Reverse Karaoke

Monday, November 21, 2005

Partyline/Spider And The Webs/Ana Da Silva live at Her Noise, 19 November 05

Saturday, November 19, 2005

We're Alive, Let's Meet! Saturday 19 November

Contribute to a 'zine' for the Her Noise exhibition, with past and present 'zine'-writers Tobi Vail, Alison Wolfe and Amy Spencer, author of DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture and share knowledge of 'zine' making and collecting.

Amy took all of the zines from the shelves and put them on the table in a big pile so it was easier for people to read them. Amy also made delicious cakes so people could eat while reading. Many of the zines were Amy's so I felt it was up to her to decide if it was OK or not. People introduced themselves, some zine makers, some zine studiers there was a woman who had been at the Women's library in the morning, Louise Caroline who is writing about 1980's feminist diy culture, zines and Magazines. Ana and Gina from the Raincoats talked about their pop video's which Gina had made, and we watched two of them.

Toby Vail talked about how she is always making zines but not always showing them to people. Victoria Yeulet talked about how she likes to make very visual zines, and the quality of the paper and the image is really important. Isabel and Emma who make the High Horse talked about where they fit in, and the importance of writing for them, and how they want to practice writing and not just to express their personal lives, as some zines can.

We devised a proposal which is to invite people to make a zine by the 17th of December and we will distribute all of the zines to all the people that contribute. Please bring or mail your zine to the South London Gallery by the 17th.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Christina Carter & Heather Leigh Murray live in the Reverse Karaoke Tent