The evening will also feature Los Angeles-based punk band Fuck U Pay Us (Jasmine Nyende, Uhuru Moor, Ayotunde Osareme, and Tianna Nicole) and musical duo Odwalla88 (Chloe Maratta + Flannery Silva) who are currently touring around the US at the moment and who’s last album Earth Flirt (2015) was released on Ooga Booga Records.
V-A-C is launching its future home at Moscow’s GES-2 with the Geometry of Now project, opening February 20 and running to February 27.
The V-A-C foundation is dedicated to the “international presentation, production and development of Russian contemporary art” and will be opening a new headquarters at the former power station. Built in 1907, the building sits along the banks of the Moskva River, and will be revived and re-constructed to house new interventions by artists.
This year’s theme follows the title ‘There is nothing left but the Future?’, one which resists a dominant trend towards “speculating on the future, instead offering potential solutions for fixing the problems of the present.” The artists, musicians, producers, editors, writers and academics involved in the as-ever impressive 3hd lineup include the likes of Claire Tolan, Coucou Chloé, DJ Paypal, Easter, HVAD, Inga Copeland as Lolina, Rianna Jade Parker, Ruth Angel Edwards, TCF, Uniiqu3, Vika Kirchenbauer, and many more, as well as media partners AQNB with a cross-platform video, performance and discussion presentation with Video in Common titled ‘Staying Present’ on October 12.
The festival carries on its impetus as a “hybrid project” dispersed across online and offline artworks and events that include performances, presentations, installations and an exhibition offline during the five day program, as well as texts, music releases and cross-platform video and animation projects released online in the lead up. This first announcement comes accompanied by an essay called ‘Joy 2016‘ by writer and academic Adam Harper speculating and the dangers of polarised extremes, agendas and (mis)interpretations when it comes to art, taking Beethoven’s immortal ‘Ode to Joy’ composition via Wendy Carlos’ arrangement for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 dystopian cult film A Clockwork Orange.
The Estonian artist, also known as Alina Astrova, released an EP RELAXIN’ with Lolina in February this year, and a follow-up album Live in Paris in July. Continuing to experiment within the context of electronic music, the album builds on her previous lofi and discordant work that can be characterized by a digital and minimalist composition with repetitive voice arrangements.
The artist and producer has released a couple of records, including a collaboration with Martyn, a mix called ‘Higher Powers‘ and a full-length album named after the cosmetic and beauty brand L’Oreal’s tag line Because I’m Worth It.
Also supporting the headline of the night are Mexico-based artist and The Curatorial Club label founder, M / M (aka Michael McGregor), and experimental producer Carlos Baz.
Ever since branching off on their own, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland have not stopped surprising us. Blunt with his high def romanticism in last month’s The Redeemer and Copeland’s dub step deviation in Martyn collaboration Don’t Look Back, That’s Not Where You’re GoingEP, released on Hippos in Tanks in March.
This characteristically impromptu drop of six tracks on her Soundcloud, called Higher Powers, pens with smoky RnB number ‘BMW’ and a pounding ode to apocalypse ‘A World in Danger III’, featuring Scratcha DVA. As no stranger to being alienating and feeling alienated, ‘Faith’ opens with a field recording over which Copeland asks, “Hi, can I have some hope, please?” before dropping into an ear-piercing pitch that obscures and ultimately repulses her very listener. Listen below. **
After hearing Inga Copeland‘s brilliantly moody ‘BMW’ last year, suddenly the prospect of Hype Williams potentially disbanding became easier to bear. That, along with the great work on her cohort Dean Blunt‘s ‘The Narcissist’ and the unfairly short teaser of an upcoming EP produced by Holland’s Martyn (aka Martijn Deykers) and London’s DVA, means things aren’t just looking up but are potentially even better than before.
That’s why the aformentioned 12″ with Deykers and DVA, Don’t Look Back, That’s Not Where You’re Going is another welcome addition to the post-Hype Williams empire. Available for pre-order on Boomkat the record is out through Hippos in Tanks and Blunt/Copeland-run World Music Group, on March 4. It features Martyn and DVA sinking deeper from their combined dubstep and DnB past into a dub-infused haze, while Copeland carries on with the fractured universal hip hop of Hype Williams along a uniquely smoky vocal.**
Dean Blunt is one half ever-evolving art and music project Hype Williams. Working across media, the east-London native has been creating sounds and works informed by and in opposition to the post-modern sensibility since his debut with other half Inga Copeland in 2009. Since then, the duo have released a handful of EPs and albums, developing a substantial cult following around their own self-created and spectral non-image.