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Wysing Polyphonic debuting its record label of ‘many voices’ at ICA, Mar 23

20 March 2017

The Wysing Arts Centre is launching new record label Wysing Polyphonic at London’s ICA on March 23.

The evening will feature a performance by the first project on the label Ectopia (Adam Christensen, Jack Brennan and Viki Steiri) who work with words, cello and synth. There will also be performances by N-Prolenta, xname (Eleonora Oreggia) and SIREN

The new label is an extension of the art institution’s annual music festival, and will further evolve to include a recording studio, built in the summer of 2017, as well as residencies where Wysing will commission new works in recording and broadcasting for artists and musicians. The 2017 theme, ‘Many Voices’ will work with artists to “explore a diversity of contexts and positions to help better understand the role of art, artists, and arts organisations such as Wysing, at this moment of global political change.”

See the ICA website for details.**

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Holly White, ‘Supermarket Cafe 2’ (2015) video

28 January 2015

“People walk around because they are looking for shops. I walk around because I am looking for you.” A line from the first issue of Holly White‘s Feelings Offline zine. It’s one of a short series of A4 sheets of paper, photocopied and folded in half, with content taken from online sources – namely Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube – where the London-based artist ‘stores her feelings’. Two years later White’s soul still lingers within these networks of affective commodity, whether it’s in the defunct Baskin Robbins as envisaged at her recent solo exhibition No one is going to go there anymore (photos top right) at Evelyn Yard or the story of a shopping aisle/coffee table split in her Supermarket Cafe video series.

Holly White, No one is going to go there anymore (2014) @ Evelyn Yard. Courtesy the aritst.
Holly White, No one is going to go there anymore (2014) @ Evelyn Yard. Courtesy the aritst.

Part one, published last year, presented a partition of consumer spaces between White and Lyndon Harrison; a break up that saw the two protagonists respectively restricted to Starbucks and Sainsbury’s, while each of them navigated the privations of the single life within the infrastrucutre of the shopping complex: “it’s not that great being in the supermarket, I never sit down”.

For the sequel, ‘Supermarket Cafe 2 (Christmas Special)’ (2015), White and Harrison explore the possibilities of reuniting under the dazzle of festive tinsel and branded Christmas coffee mugs to the tune of Barry White’s ‘It May Be Winter Outside (But in my Heart it’s Spring)’, as performed by Adam Christensen singing to an accordion (“I miss my baby’s arms”).

The video offers 20-minutes of Harrison roaming the terrain of teeth whiteners, christmas crackers and magazines before finally folding and asking White to join him, “just one day. You could come in the supermarket. I could come in the coffee shop, for Christmas”. With matching Mockingjay™ pendants and take-away coffees in hand, the two rebuild their relationship over vegetarian-option readymade meals and speculations on gluten-free crustless bread. That’s before resolving to send a message to their past selves via the 0s and 1s of a binary-numbered coding system sent via baked goods and a wormhole in aisle 25. It warns, “DON’T SPLIT”. **

Holly White is a London-based artist.

Header image: Holly White, ‘Supermarket Cafe 2 (Christmas Special)’ (2015). Film still. Courtesy the artist.

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