Natasha Lall

Sound Acts 2016, May 5 – 8

3 May 2016

Sound Acts 2016 is on at Athen’s TV Control Center (Κέντρο Ελέγχου Τηλεοράσεων), running May 5 to 8.

The three-day event is curated by the first Greek queer music label Fytini, and billed as a gathering and a showcase of “creative couplings between music/sound, performance art/gesture and gender/body/activism.”

Musical or ‘amusical’ performances, interventions and installations, as well as theoretical presentations and discussions will be held at Athens Museum of Queer Arts and Polychoros KET, while addressing notions of theatricality, post-performance, cyborgs, self-referentiality, anti-art and subjectivity and much more.

Participating artists include Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Pêdra Costa, Miss SaturationNatasha Lall among others.

See the Sound Acts website for details.**

Natasha Lall, I Trust This Program (2015). Courtesy the artist + Apiary Studios, London.
Natasha Lall @ I Trust This Program (2015). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Apiary Studios, London.
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15 April 2016

The exhibition, curated by Faron Ray and Alice Khalilova is launching online on April 15.

The theme of the show comes in a short text describing the commercial clutter of everyday life, but optimised. It reads like a desktop of Photoshopped image searches materialised in branded fantasy objects, like gold WKD alcopops and “fluorescent yellow V20 filled with the iridescent bodies of a dozen blue bottle flies”. Or perhaps its a metaphor for the promise of a future perpetually unrealised: “Holed up in an abandoned night club, fifteen survivors listen to salvaged EDM club mixes through a failing sound system.”

The artists set to feature include the above-mentioned organisers, as well as Iain Ball, Yorkson, Dorota Gaweda and Egle Kulbokaite, Hannah Le Feuvre, and Natasha Lall among others, some of whom took part in independent, artist-run publication Low Impact: ‘Shallow Waters’ last year.

The online presentation is managed by Robin Buckley in charge of sound, and Calum Gunn doing web development, while other the artists involved are Finnian McKenna, Cedric Ng, Valinia Svoronou, Owen ThackerayBora Akinciturk, and Petr Davydtchenko.

See the FB event page for details.**

Iain Ball, 'Denial (praseodymium)' (2015). Courtesy Low impact.
Iain Ball, ‘Denial (praseodymium)’ (2015). Courtesy Low Impact.


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Natasha Lall @ Life Gallery, March 17

14 March 2016

Natasha Lall will screen three videos at London’s Life Gallery in a one night show called Scrub on March 17.

“A scrub is a now generalized term used as a synonym for a ‘noob’ or ‘newb’, which is someone who is bad at a video game or activity in general”, reads the accompanying text.

The text, which is from a 2008 definition of the word ‘scrub’ in Urban Dictionary by a user called Chirus_Fire, then discusses how the term used to refer to a person who deliberately and persistently makes mistakes in a video game by mashing their hand over the control pad with loose grip like when you hold a sponge to wash a car with.

How does a term lose itself like that? What is a ‘scrub’ now, in 2016? What is the power and effect of deliberate intention and persistence in de-skilling?

Scrub will be the first solo presentation for the artist whose work nestles in and across contexts of feminist cinema, gaming, anime, app making, sped-up mixed tapes, cyborgs and

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Natasha Lall, I Trust This Program (2015). Courtesy the artist and Apiary Studios
Natasha Lall @ I Trust This Program (2015). Courtesy the artist and Apiary Studios.

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Wet Protest @ Gaybar, Aug 28

28 August 2015

@Gaybar continues its activist party streak with a new event called Wet Protest at Penarth Centre in London tonight, August 28.

Created by artists Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings, the party series has always combined LGBTQ activism with sweaty good times, and tonight’s no different. “The GAY LIBERATION FRONT became the GAY ACTIVIST ALLIANCE,” writes the event press release, which “became the Stonewall Movie but the G always stood for G-A-Y always stood for WHITE CIS GAY MAN and for transphobic lesbians who clock misogyny but not transmisogyny and racist radical queers”. 

Kicking off with a reading performance by Collyn Filani, the night will also feature tunes by DJ Kerrigan aka Natasha Lall, Summer Faggot Deathwish aka Sam Cottington, and Tschan aka Tschan Andrews.

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I Trust This Program @ Apiary Studios, Apr 24 – 26

21 April 2015

London’s Apiary Studios is bringing the three-day exhibition I Trust This Program to their Hackney space, running from April 24 through April 26.

The exhibition is described as a “precarious and embattled audio-visual terrain of participation and control”, exploring the gendered tensions and boundaries embedded in integration into “the contemporary technocratic regime”, and features new works by Kassiani KappelosNatasha LallKenny Love, and Robin Buckley.

The opening night on April 24 will also bring a program of live performances from special guests, including EVOL (Roc Jiménez de Cisneros and Stephen Sharp making “computer music for hooligans and deconstructed rave objects”), Ex-Servicemen (“The worst band in Glasgow.”), rkss (sample-sourced techno), and Chloe Frieda of NTS Radio show and record label ALIEN JAMS.

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