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Kill Your Timid Notion on Tour

A step across the border between sound and vision

In 2008 we toured our Kill Your Timid Notion festival of experimental sound and image to London, Bristol and Glasgow, bringing audiences a taste of the previous 5 festival editions.

What we said at the time:

KYTN is a festival of sound and image, exploring as many different ways in which artists, filmmakers and musicians can investigate the border between what you hear and what you see. In particular, it looks at the margins, at the leading edge of creativity where people test out the boundaries of what’s been done before: after all, doesn’t the notion of a boundary presuppose something beyond it?

KYTN presents films screenings and performances of work that goes beyond the simple digital translation of sound and image (like your iTunes Visualizer) and propose a sensory and direct, experiential and analogue relationship in which sensory differences are explored, where blank film is polished to create both light and sound as it’s projected, where a guitar can create TV flicker images.

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Everything at KYTN is in some way about what you see and what you hear, and about trying to think of art that combines both of these senses in interesting ways. Along those lines, here’re some things to think about:

24 cuts/ second

It just so happens that one of the only places in modern society that is purpose built for the stimulation of just two of our senses (audition and vision) is the cinema.

‘The intellect, then, is a purely practical faculty, which has evolved for the purposes of action. What it does is to take the ceaseless, living flow of which the universe is composed and to make cuts across it, inserting artificial stops or gaps in what is really a continuous and indivisible process. The effect of these stops or gaps is to produce the impression of a world of apparently solid objects. These have no existence as separate objects in reality; they are, as it were, the design or pattern which our intellects have impressed on reality to serve our purposes.’ Cyril E M Joad 1

Doesn’t he sound like he’s sketching out a metaphor for photography, and for film: 24 cuts per second producing the verisimilitude of motion, of life? So film often seems a good place for us to start with KYTN, from which we hope to expand out and to engage with things seen, heard, felt and encountered; to think of them as different cuts along the psycho-sensorial continuum 2 – in the middle we find sound-image together, at either end hearing or seeing stripped of connections totally.

KYTN Tour was previewed by Alan Licht for The Wire which included an interview with Ken Jacobs here; it was also previewed by Mark Webber for the Guardian here. The event was reviewed by Helen Sloan fro the Bristol Evening Post here and by Esperanza Collado for Experimental Conversations here.

  1. Popular philosopher and wartime radio personality who lost fame and fortune in the Train Ticket Scandal of 1948!
  2. Victor Burgin came up with this phrase, not us: are you kidding?

Programme Events

A black and while still of a photograph of a man melting on a stove
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank CCA Arnolfini

Out of Sight Out of Synch

Various Artists Hollis Frampton John Smith

Sound and image slipping out of synch and into discord, the programme includes (in London at least) a very special version of Hollis Frampton’s masterful (nostalgia) with a live narration by Michael Snow.

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Two frames from a 16mm film with blocks of red, green, pink and yellow
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank CCA

About Face

Various Artists Paul Sharits

This programme takes human subjects as the focus for sound and image construction. And it includes a couple of masterpieces of experimental film: Paul Sharits’ deeply empathetic interpretation of epilepsy and Peter Kubelka’s Webern inspired abstract portrait of Arnulf Rainer.

a newspaper clipping of a drawing of a donkey, side on
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank CCA Arnolfini

Word Associations

Various Artists Guy Sherwin John Smith

A programme of discontinuity between narration, text and image. Including Manual Saiz’s employment of John Malkovich’s Spanish dubbing double and Peter Rose’s absurdly hilarious concrete poetry subtitling chaos.

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A dome of a white observatory in front of a dark blue sky
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank CCA

Location Location Location

Various Artists Guy Sherwin

Experience a sense of being in the world, in a specific space and time. Including Jeanne Liotta’s recordings of the ionosphere and Walter Ruttmann’s radical 35mm precursor to musique concrète.

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Kjell Björgeengen, Keith Rowe & Philipp Wachsmann with equipment and screens
29 November – 7 December 2008
ICA Spike Island CCA

Kjell Björgeengen, Keith Rowe & Philipp Wachsmann

Keith Rowe Kjell Björgeengen Philipp Wachsmann

An immersive environment where sound is looped through oscillators, radio, guitar pick-ups and video amps to create dense strobing images and colours

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Beams of light fanning out across an audience from different directions
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank BFI IMAX ICA Spike Island Arnolfini CCA

Light Trap

Greg Pope Norbert Möslang

Out of a dark haze, shafts of light emerge, as the emulsion is scratched from the surface of the film. Simultaneously, out of the black silence, noise and audible scratches bloom into a bright drone.

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Large white and red forms projected near a man operating another projector
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank BFI IMAX ICA Spike Island Arnolfini CCA

La Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine

Metamkine

Multiple images, glimpses of old films, abstract images in the midst of an electro-acoustic sound field of tape loops & analogue synthesizers

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Paul Sharits' Shutter Interface projected on a wall: three bands of colour
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank BFI IMAX ICA Spike Island Arnolfini CCA

Shutter Interface

Paul Sharits

Shutter Interface is an expanded cinema piece: a series of machinegun bursts of chromatic relationships and visual harmonics in an overwhelming montage

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A projected circle of light made up of fragments, patterns
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank BFI IMAX ICA Spike Island Arnolfini CCA

Bruce McClure

Bruce McClure

Noise music for the eyes: projectors turned into instruments, B&W film loops into a thrumming riot of colour, motion and sound.

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A man in front of a multi layered projection, a sign saying 'the end'
29 November 2008
BFI Southbank BFI IMAX ICA Spike Island Arnolfini CCA

Andrew Lampert

Andrew Lampert

Quasi-theatrical multiple-projector pieces play with the relationship between performers, art and audiences.

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A metallic form projected on a screen
29 November 2008
BFI IMAX Spike Island CCA BFI Southbank ICA

Ken Jacobs & Eric La Casa

Eric La Casa Ken Jacobs

Jacobs’ pulsing and abstract 3D Nervous Magic Lantern performance grounded by Eric La Casa’s manipulated recordings of everyday locations.

Kill Your Timid Notion on Tour