THE FUTURE OF LANGUAGE, THE HISTORY OF MACHINES, THE VOICES BETWEEN: THE EVP SESSIONS
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The EVP Sessions gathers newly-commissioned and specially-selected works on voice, technology and the afterlife, for three very special hybrid shows exclusive to the Bluecoat Liverpool and Shoreditch Town Hall, London
TOM MCCARTHY // AISHA DEVI // PERERA ELSEWHERE // SHELLY KNOTTS & ALO ALLIK // HANNAH NICKLIN // APPAU JUNIOR BOAKYE-YIADOM // SUE TOMPKINS // KATRINA PALMER // INUA ELLAMS & AIN BAILEY // ANTOSH WOJCIK // ERICA SCOURTI // JENNET THOMAS // ALEXIS MILNE // HARRY GILES // with ROSS SUTHERLAND // KEPLA & DEFORREST BROWN // CHRIS BOYD
Each show is interrupted by the award-winning playwright, poet and filmmaker ROSS SUTHERLAND: a series of new Truther-style autopsies of popular culture and its relation to technology.
And sound work by granular synthesis producer KEPLA with text from music-theorist DE FORREST BROWN JR: a body dissolves into a thick mesh of rituals and faulty perspective, echoing the grotesques of Cronenberg’s Existenz and Chinua Achebe’s’ Things Fall Apart.
Visuals by CHRIS BOYD: information derived from face and voice recognition technology, put into a spooky, otherworldly relation evolving across the three shows.
THE EVP SESSIONS #1: 22/23 Sept
Haunting voice, electronics and motion sensors in new trajectories from the hotly tipped Berlin-based Doom-Folk songstress and dungeon DJ.
Spoken word performance as contemporary art. Pop lyrics and barely-recognisable phrases fragmented through an unfamiliar but addictively intimate delivery. The undercurrent of culture as a secret code between best friends or lovers.
Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom
Rare performance from a contemporary artist best known for his parody and slapstick works. Steps from the “greatest dance sequence ever” are traced as dub echoes, sounding through Charles Dickens’ travel diary, golden-era Hollywood footage and live voice.
Palmer’s groundbreaking approach won her the Art Angel Open in 2015. Her work reconfigures narrative fiction as a sculptural form. In this new setting of her work, a mythic, ironic gravedigger works down through strata of hi-tech, vibrant materials, precious metals, plastics, junk and bones.
Unsettling new performance from the Roundhouse resident artist and poet, exploring memory loss through spoken glitches and live percussion.
THE EVP SESSIONS #2: 5/10 Nov
Tom McCarthy with Shelly Knotts & Alo Allik
The world premiere of new techno-text works by the acclaimed Booker-winning novelist, with live improvised visual and sonic disturbance. In partnership with East London publisher and record label Test Centre.
Shelly Knotts and Alo Allik
Alliks self teaching AI synthesisers and Knotts shuffled and live-programmed vowel-sound library converse across the uncanny valley.
A techno-utopian public address accelerates into emotional slurry to weird fanfare and archival flashbacks. Absurdist performance by the media artist and author of The Unspeakable Language Device.
Costume, hoverboard, cut-up beat poetry, beats and electric guitar coalesce into an elaborate visceral mythos on the dark history of Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life.
Drone asks, how can anxious bodies live as part of this system of astonishing destruction? A new work of sound and spoken word with Giles’ signature ‘bleak humour and tender fury’.
THE EVP SESSIONS #3: 8/10 Dec
One of the most renowned acts on the European dance circuit right now, Devi recasts techno music as a spiritual metaphysics. Cavernous, ceremonial beats and pitch shifted live vocals cut through meditation, mantras, shamanism, bass and dance. This is a new, experimental set especially for EVP.
Inua Ellams & Ain Bailey
A world-first collaboration. Poet and spoken word artist Inua Ellams makes internationally-touring theatre works combining classical themes with the concerns of the contemporary diaspora. Ain Bailey is a DJ and sound artist working with the fleeting communities formed by acts of chanting, drumming, electronic music, and shouting.
Performance and media artist Scourti presents a sculpture and light performance with iPhone and balloon. Scourti’s authentic voice dissolves into the authority of Siri, predictive text and archival admonitions as the distant proxy server looms.
Brand new work by game designer and theatre-maker Nicklin, who works at the nexus of performance writing, community practices and digital art.
Produced by Mercy and Penned in the Margins.
Co-commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and The Bluecoat.
Supported with public funding by Arts Council England.