The Hannah Maclure Centre is excited to host an experimental sonic performance that explores some of the themes raised in our current exhibition, ‘All watched over by machines of loving grace’. The exhibition allows us to contemplate space from the machine's point of view, encouraging audiences to think about the ability of computers and machines to see, understand and interpret the world around them.
Through a series of live performances we will consider these notions through the medium of electronic sound. Can we see the sometimes invisible boundaries between human and machine? Who is in control of whom? How can exploration of these digital-analogue hybrid systems create new instrumentation which crosses between the virtual and physical?
John Robert Ferguson - Circles
Circles is a wooden box that contains two micro-controllers and a single-board computer that runs bespoke software written in Pure data. This improvised performance focuses on real-time interaction and the multiple connotations of ‘performing technologies’, the goal is a situation where both human and machine are at the foreground. Less about being in control of a situation and more about finding lifelike resonances with which to interact, the relationship between imagination, expectation and material is at the foreground.
Christos Michalakos and John Robert Ferguson - Improvisation
Excited by the sonic possibilities offered by digitally augmented instruments, the collaborative practice of Ferguson/Michalakos explores common themes of physicality, gestural interaction, and responsiveness in live electronic music. In this performance Christos will perform the augmented drum kit and John will perform Ableton software ‘Live’ with ‘Push’ hardware. The goal is to navigate a sonic territory that darts from spattered beats, to tightly coupled rhythmic passages, through free noise improvisation, to gratuitous pop ‘hooks’, all the while striving to negotiate structures and establish communication within a collaborative improvisational environment.
Raz Ullah - Analogue Synthesiser Improvisation
Raz Ullah writes and performs electronic music using a variety of analogue and digital sources, homemade instruments and tape recorders. He specialises in creating performances that explore freeform improvisation, drones, feedback and dub techniques. He has released music under a variety of guises and is committed to all forms of sonic experimentation.
The exhibition ‘All watched over by machines of loving grace’ was launched as part of this year’s NEoN Digital Arts Festival and continues until 24 February 2017.