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William Basinski in shirt and tie, blue screen behind, gold table to the fore
16 October 2004
The Arches

William Basinski

William Basinski

Improvising using nothing so much as the passage of time as his instrument, Basinski creates works of great melancholic depth and fragile beauty.

INSTAL 04
Charlemagne Palestine seated at the piano in red light
16 October 2004
The Arches

Charlemagne Palestine

Charlemagne Palestine

An extravagant debauch of plush toys and ritual. Palestine performed a version of Strumming Music, a trance inducing investigation into overtone systems achievable on a Bosendorfer Imperial Piano.

INSTAL 04
Rhodri Davies plays two suspended deconstructed weathered harps
15 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – Seed Burn / adh

Lee Patterson Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies plays two deconstructed harps. Lee Patterson examines the sonic properties of burning nuts.

INSTAL 08
15 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – Removal Service / Transition Hide and Seek

Sarah Washington

Sarah Washington uses electronics and wind-up radios, running out of charge to repsond to the festivals’ Self Cancellation provocation.

INSTAL 08
a man stands behind a red table
21 February 2010
DCA

Festival Launch

Christof Migone Jarrod Fowler

Jarrod Fowler and Christof Migone kick things off with performances involving edible plants, a saw, dandruff, and Christof responding to the prompt: “as far as you can for as long as you can.”

Kill Your Timid Notion 10
Northern Sinfonia performing Radu Malfatti at MLFC 07
12 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Gateshead 21

Northern Sinfonia Radu Malfatti

We commissioned Radu Malfatti to write a new piece for the 21-piece string section of the Northern Sinfonia: Music striving to discover the exact point at which sound resonates the clearest amidst long drawn out silences.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07
Robin Hayward and Radu Malfatti play brass instruments at the far end of a room
16 February 2008
The Arches

Wandelweiser

Antoine Beuger Manfred Werder Radu Malfatti

Expansive and considered, inclusive and deeply human minimalism: Antoine Beuger, Radu Malfatti, Manfred Werder.

INSTAL 08
Lee Patterson sitting next to a projection of himself, pensive
10 October 2008
DCA

North West from Chester Hill, Composition – 10 (1960)

Lee Patterson Luke Fowler

A delicate and detailed walk through the urban and rural landscape around Dundee; a poetic focus on the details found. A performance for 16mm projection and live amplified objects (maybe pine cones, maybe a coke bottle).

Kill Your Timid Notion 08
at the end of a dark gallery a screen throbs with layers rectangles of red
12 October 2008
DCA

Declarative Mode (1976 – 1977)

Paul Sharits

Paul Sharits is one of our all time heroes, and one of the great artist filmmakers of the 20th Century.

Kill Your Timid Notion 08
Steve McCaffery sits at a round table and reads into a microphone
21 March 2009
The Arches

Carnival

Steve McCaffery

Leading language/ action/ sound poet performed his groundbreaking concrete poem, a dizzying mandala of text, symbols and rubber stamps; a kind of book as reading machine.

INSTAL 09