Chooc Ly Tan is presenting a new video installation ‘Disobey to the Dance of Time’ at London’s StudioRCA Riverlight, opening September 14 and running to November 1.
The London-based, French-born artist and DJ’s video work features an Akira Phase music visualizer moving to a 148 bpm-trance track, Terbium Energy Catalyst by Goch, “a 3D representation of Africa hovering in space-time, and the artist dancing to a hidden track coming from deep space”.
The installation —that carries on Tan’s practice which seeks to understand and subvert the logic of the world through its systems and tools in an effort to realise alternative realities— opens with an evening of performance at Battersea Barge next to Studio RCA. Live acts include Alexis Milne, back to back DJ set by Tan’s Spacer Woman project and Evan Ifekoya, who also features as part of the Dusk programme with ‘Okun Song‘ in May, along with Rehana Zaman, Daniel Shanken and Benjamin Orlow.
Andrew Sunderland’s Muscle Memory is an exhibition of sound, print and sculpture, running at London’s ASC Galleryfrom January 22 to March 18, that explores prosumer networks of digital image and sound (re)production. Images of a muscular body found online are fragmented and morphed to become textures of pink flesh printed onto stretched Lycra, PVC cut-outs and sculptural surfaces. They come accompanied by samples of voices distorted and warped into an abstract soundscape, exposing structures of (re)distribution and methods of appropriation. A press release text by Sunderland details a speculative future of an endless production of the ‘new’. In this scenario of outsourced and accelerated modes of production, human bodies continually self-replicate and recycle all material into homogenous matter or what it calls “grey goo”. It recalls the science-fiction story Blood Music by Greg Bear in which biotechnological advancements backfire and lead to the mass destruction of humanity.
The ‘Circuits in the Flesh’ collaborative performance on February 26 expands on these generative feedback loops, incorporating and synthesising new inputs from visual artists and performers Alexis Milne, Tex Royale and MBJ Wetware. Milne’s performance draws on the lineage of the cut-up by reading chapters of William Burroughs’ Soft Machine, whilst manoeuvring through smoke, printed, hanging and projected digital cut-ups and sculptures on a Segway. Milne wears suits of recycled electronics and sportswear –computer keyboards, wifi modems, shin pads and helmet –like scavenged e-waste in a post-apocalyptic tribalism, and prosthetic extensions of mutated flesh in a retro-futuristic vision of the cyborg. As collaborator Royale hands out ‘systems’ of 3D goggles, dermatrodes and pills to transport the audience into the next chapters of the performance, Milne is like a preacher delivering a sermon through speakerphone. He conjures future visions of cyber-capitalism and nihilism through William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Nick Land’s Fanged Noumena to a progressively faster Breakcore soundscape.
MBJ Wetware –the avatar identity of Marija Bozinovska Jones –explores simulations and the mimicry of natural ecologies through CGI, media, and collectively produced and circulated imagery. From the ‘control station’ shared with Sunderland, multiple voice inputs trigger immersive live visuals that are projected across the performance space. This includes footage of natural landscapes and modern utopian planning of vast urban vistas. They’re spaces that are dislocated and generic, having undergone the homogenising effects of globalised capital. CGI engine pistons and cascading water suggest shifts from mechanisation to liquidity in technocapitalism, and images of used objects, waste and flooding evoke a system on the brink of collapse. One of the last projected images displays a SanDisk memory card encased in fossilised amber, implying a future archeology of debris that will survive the collapse, and what information has been attempted to be passed on after the end times.
There are many parallels and cross-references between the multiple feedback loops that evolve throughout this performance; from the literary cut-up, voice and sound recordings and responsive live visuals, and alteration of processes of social reproduction and bodily adaptations with new technologies. It spans different time periods and media, from past music genres, current digital image manipulation techniques and science-fiction futures. Through multi-faceted and reactive live performances, the artists collaboratively build up dense and potent imagery and sound that relentlessly accelerate until reaching a frenzied climax.**