The three artists, based in Berlin, Amsterdam and London respectively, work with performance: Lippard with text, Turato alongside a sculpture by Nicholas Riis and Spencer-Davidson via a music-driven lecture.
Hosted by Leo Liccini, the programme has featured the like of Cakes Da Killa, @gaybar and Nkisi (reviewed here) since it’s launch in July and has a final event coming featuring Felicitaand Tami Tamaki at the end of the month.
Ariel 2.0 is a project running throughout the summer at Bold Tendencies, an auditorium space occupying the seventh floor of a multi-storey car park off Rye Lane in Peckham, South East London. Curated by Berlin-born, London-based artist/rapper Leo Liccini (aka Leo Luchini), the series features a number of international artists taking part in a programme of sampled speech, spoken word, and rap, embracing the performative voice and examining how it is altered by computers and online life. To that end they’ve already hosted a show with Cakes da Killa, with a performance from Felicita planned for the future. While Bold Tendencies occupies the entire car park, the performances themselves take place in a smaller space – a hut built out of hay bales – located deeper in the venue, beyond an installation from Amsterdam design collective Metahaven. Karen Gwyer headlined Ariel 2.0’s second edition, with support on the night coming from Nkisi.
Nkisi is the alias of Melika Ngombe Kolongo, an electronic music producer and visual artist raised in Belgium but now based in London. Alongside Cape Town, South Africa’s ANGEL-HO and Richmond, USA’s Chino Amobi, Nkisi is a founding member of NON Records, a new label/platform that presents the music of artists emerging from Africa and the African diaspora on their own terms. Nkisi is also a friend of Endless, a London party that takes over unoccupied and overlooked spaces around the city to create a place for new, cross-cultural club sounds to emerge, having played there regularly in the past. Her tracks carry titles like ‘WOC’ and ‘Collective Self Defense’, while one track on her Soundcloud (‘Inheritance Tax’) links to an article on the legacy of British slave ownership. All of which is to say that Nkisi’s music is politically engaged. It’s part of a wave of electronic producers and DJs around the world who are making positive, non-appropriative club music, while raising their voices against social injustices and rectifying narratives that overshadow, or whitewash, the contributions of non-Western, minority, and LGBTQ communities in music.
Tonight, Nkisi plays against a sparse, unembellished background using a minimalistic setup (CDJs, Juno synthesizer and a microphone). Her set works because, even when divorced from its political context, it works on a simple, visceral level: by the end of the set, most of the audience is dancing. Between bursts of spoken word, she plays her own tracks, which are densely layered, high tempo, and hard to place. The rhythms feel unfamiliar and there are few traditional hooks, but there’s something euphoric – if occasionally unsettling – contained within the pummeling rhythms.
With releases for No Pain In Pop, Kaleidoscope, and Opal Tapes, Karen Gwyer has mostly been associated with the experimental music community, playing shows in art spaces like Café Oto and, indeed, Bold Tendencies. It’s a shame if Gwyer only plays these venues, because her set tonight – a noisy, all-hardware session that draws predominantly on house and techno – feels like it belongs within the walls of a small, dark club at 3am. **
The trio of friends return almost by accident: what had started as an off-the-cuff jam session secretly recorded by drummer Marc Pell quickly developed into a new record that functions more as a collection of sonic ideas than a traditional album, described by Mica Levi as being recorded “non-stop, in one avalanche”.
Good Sad Happy Bad – which follows the success of their 2012 album, Never, and that of Levi’s critically acclaimed score for the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin – is described by the singer as being “the most free we have been”, and is out September 11 via Rough Trade.
The new programme brings together an international and eclectic lineup of, as they call it, “vocal articulations”, with everything from spoken word to sampled speech and rap, embracing the “performative voice that is guided by computers, informed by online life and shaped by the forces of the information age”.
As part of their summer launch party, Bold Tendencies invites critically-acclaimed rapper Cakes Da Killa, to perform a live set and show everyone why’s he’s accumulating so much praise all around. Da Killa will be accompanied by Berlin-born artist and rapper, Leo Luchini.
The non-profit organisation, which has taken over an abandoned multi-storey car park in Peckham, launches its summer 2015 programme with a big opening on May 27. It includes events involving visual art, architecture, music, theatre, film, and literature, will continue on until September 27, with curator Attilia Fattori Franchini ensuring a number of names through the course of the summer including those already mentioned, as well as Robin Steegman, Leo Liccini, and Xavier Dolan.
Killer Robots comes as the fourth installment of a five-part series with Bridle examining the themes of The Right To Flight, a Bold Tendencies summer project involving a balloon attached with aerial cameras and darknet routers flying over London, “researching and investigating flight, surveillance, networks, cities and utopia”.
Joining Bridle for Killer Robots will be Alice Ross and Jack Serle, the editors of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as well as Thomas Nash, the Director of Article 36 and joint coordinator of International Network on Explosive Weapons.
Peckham’s Bold Tendencies are making the term ‘culinary arts’ just that little bit more literal with their series of dinners devised by artists for the Art Dining Space. Expanding the Imperial realm of art well into the foodie’s kitchen, Dumplings is a collaboration between artist and teacher Daniel Sinsel and chef Michael Davies, on September 16.
With little more information then the implication that there will be “dumplings”, in three courses, at the Art Dining Space designed by something Michael Levitt, you’ll have to go to learn more.
See the Bold Tendencies website for more details. **