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Self Cancellation – A project for voices

Self Cancellation – A project for voices

A project for voices

A performed self-cancelling discussion, with artists from the festival (including Simon Morris, Stuart Home, Louise K Wilson, Gustav Metzger and Kenneth Goldsmith), invited speakers and local artists talking all at once, over each other, or straining to be heard over the din.

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Can sound auto-destruct, can it cancel itself out in the process of it’s own creation? Society tends to cancel itself out: every new invention creates a new accident waiting to happen (e.g. before trains, derailment never existed). We asked Rhodri Davies, inspired by and in collaboration with Gustav Metzger, to bring together a collection of musicians to look at ways in which music/sound can cancel itself out, can auto-destruct during performance.

Society tends to cancel itself out: every new invention creates a new accident waiting to happen (e.g. before trains, derailment never existed). Gustav Metzger was the first artist in the UK to really address this tendency via his Manifestos for Auto-Destructive Art in the late 50’s & early 60’s. We’ve asked Rhodri Davies, inspired by and in collaboration with Gustav, to bring together a collection of musicians to look at ways in which music and sound can cancel itself out, can auto-destruct during performance.

Maybe you think that sounds kinds dry, or theoretical, but it’s both real pertinent in today’s political climate and also a way of thinking about sound that could lead to some pretty spectacular performances. E.g: Mark & John Bain using oscillators to shake The Arches, seismographs to pick up the harmonics and a massive sub-bass PA to play that back to live, Michael Colligan pressing white hot metal into dry ice, causing the metal to sing and scream, Robin Hayward’s sand filled tuba solo.

The Self Cancellation project is co-produced with the London Musicians’ Collective.

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Stuart Home in a cap and jacket smiles

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Folks read out loud from texts in a seating bank

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

A view of a theatre space showing folks sitting around reading out loud

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Simon Morris in suit and mac reads from a book

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

John Bain and Nick Thurston chat in front of a brick wall

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Folks chat and read out loud from a newspaper

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Gustav Metzger in a green jacket and Kenneth Goldsmith in a furry one chat

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Stuart Home in a cap and jacket smiles

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Stuart Home in a cap and jacket smiles

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Folks read out loud from texts in a seating bank

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

A view of a theatre space showing folks sitting around reading out loud

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Simon Morris in suit and mac reads from a book

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

John Bain and Nick Thurston chat in front of a brick wall

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Folks chat and read out loud from a newspaper

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Gustav Metzger in a green jacket and Kenneth Goldsmith in a furry one chat

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

Stuart Home in a cap and jacket smiles

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre