Late Shift Extra at the National Portrait Gallery
ReAnimate Late Shift Extra took place on Friday 5 August 2011. Inspired by the Road to 2012 exhibition, ReAnimate was a night of sensory stimulation exploring the body, movement and the senses with artistic collaborations and interventions of live music, sound art, film, performance, and philosophy taking over the Gallery, animating spaces and portraits.
ReAnimate was a partnership event with Martyn Ware, Future of Sound, Karen Pearson, Folded Wing and students from Goldsmiths. Featured artists performing live on the night included Ben Westbeech, Andreya Triana, Di Mainstone, Sissel Tolaas and Marvin Ayres. Specially commissioned music was composed by musicians Martyn Ware, Brian Duffy, Mira Calix, Floating Points and Illum Sphere, each responding to portraits at the Gallery. The night included the premier of the digital projects by Goldsmiths students.
Martyn Ware was born in 1956 in Sheffield and in 1978 formed The Human League. He formed production company/label British Electric Foundation in 1980 and Heaven 17 the same year. As a record producer and artist he has featured on recordings totalling over 50 million sales worldwide. He co-founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology around the world. Martyn produces and presents a series of events entitled ‘Future Of Sound’ and has created sonic architectural works at the British Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale amongst many others.
Karen Pearson has worked in radio for over 15 years. In 2005 she started her own company Folded Wing, making innovative use of radio, branded content and online broadcasting. Folded Wing’s regular radio shows include Jamie Cullum on Radio 2, The Selector for the British Council (syndicated to 34 stations across 27 countries) and Pick n Mix Live from the Red Bull Studio. Karen runs ‘Broad Casting’ nights; curates multi-platform events such as TEDx Soho LDN; and sets up state-of-the-art radio stations such as Red Bull Music Academy Radio.
Artists involved in ReAnimate
Brian Duffy, award-winning sound artist and creator of the Modified Toy Orchestra, is at the forefront of a movement called circuit bending that involves rescuing children’s electronic toys from car boot sales, and converting them into new strange and wonderfully sophisticated musical instruments. Taking them apart, he finds new connections hidden within each toy’s circuit that reveal new sounds, exposing the value of redundant technology. The toys are then reassembled with switches and dials. The results of this process are beautiful, funny and extreme and have led Brian to being labelled a genius, madman, and national treasure.
Illum Sphere made his debut on The Incoming EP in 2009 on Manchester’s Fat City label. He won the BBC 1xtra Urban Music Award, has received invitations to play at LA institution Low End Theory and this year's Red Bull Music Academy, and remix requests from Martyn Ware, Zed Bias and Warp Records. In addition to the praise given by those that play his Hoya:Hoya night in Manchester and for his Titan EP on Martyn Ware’s 3024 imprint, 2010 seemed to be the year that Illum Sphere cemented his place among the underground music elite.
Marvin Ayres is a British modern-classical composer, cellist, violinist and ambient producer. He has composed and recorded a diverse selection of minimalist albums, incorporating spatial soundscapes and psycho-acoustics, latterly 5.1 Surround Sound. He has also produced numerous film and TV soundtracks. Signed in 1999 to the avant-garde label Mille Plateaux he released two minimalist albums, Cellosphere and Neptune, to critical acclaim. His collaborations with film artists have been screened at the Tate Modern, ICA and at international galleries and film festivals. His latest work Harmogram Suite is released in June 2011.
Mira Calix, who until 2003 worked exclusively on electronic music, has incorporated orchestration and live classical instruments into her performances and recorded work. More recently she has concentrated mostly on collaborations and commissions including installation pieces, film soundtracks and works for theatre. In 2009, Calix won the British Composer Award, in the Community or Educational Project category, for My Secret Heart which also won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.
Di Mainstone is an artist and inventor of Body-Centric Theatre, creating body-centric structures for experimental performance. A playful choreography of fashion, technology and performance, her work is an interactive hybrid, animated by the curiosity of the wearer. Musical prosthetics, kinetic couture, wearable graffiti and sensory-skins are just some of the devices Mainstone has fashioned. Originally trained in fashion at Central Saint Martin’s, Mainstone then shifted towards research, expanding her practice through residencies at Eyebeam NYC, XS Labs Montreal and BNMI Banff. Her works have been displayed internationally and she has lectured around the globe.
Tracey Moberly is an artist, author, radio-show producer/host who co-owned Shoreditch’s arts and music hangout the Foundry. She lectures in interactive arts, fine art, politics & activism. Moberly exhibits prolifically with much of her work being socio-politically based. She travels extensively with her art and writing, working in remote areas from Eastern Siberia, to Latin America. Shortly before the earthquake she took part in Haiti’s Ghetto Biennale with the Grand Rue sculptors of Port-au-Prince and has been invited to participate in the second Biennale this year. Her book Text-Me-Up! offers a journey through popular culture over the last decade. Her next exhibition in conjunction with the book is titled Text-Me-Up-Sex-Drugs & Rock’n’Roll, will be a series of intricate cross-stitch embroideries, which have taken six years to produce.
Sissel Tolaas is a Norwegian artist, smell scientist and professor who deals with the study of odours. She founded a research lab for smell/olfactory and smell-communication topics in Berlin in 2004 connected to and part of the Tolaas studio. The studio is a space where interdisciplinary projects are developed, researched and executed. These projects all involve smell, odour and fragrance in various ways, shapes or forms as part of a conceptual, scientific and creative way of working and approaching the reality we live in. Tolaas has developed a wide range of revolutionary projects with fragrances based on chemical science, maths, linguistics, languages, and the visual arts.
Andreya Triana is an experimental and self-taught singer/songwriter from south-east London. A unique vocalist, she specialises in improvisation and her Freeflo Sessions - a one woman show using a sampler to loop vocals, percussive sounds and beats live - have been enjoyed by audiences far and wide. In 2009 she toured the US with the Bonobo live band, played on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and signed a three album deal with Ninja Tune Records. 2010 saw the release of her album Lost Where I Belong, produced by Bonobo. Lost Where I Belong combines soul, folk, jazz and Bonobo's cinematic magic.
Ben Westbeech is a DJ, singer and producer. Trained as cellist and vocalist, his influences include house, soul, jazz and hip hop. He is signed to Gilles Peterson's label, Brownswood Recordings. His debut album Welcome to the Best Years of Your Life was released in 2007. He has appeared on Later... with Jools Holland and in 2009 house label Strictly Rhythm approached him and the project developed into his second album, There’s More To Life Than This, due out later this year. The record features a range of collaborators including Soul Clap, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Georg Levin.
Julian Hendriques is Programme Convenor, MA Script Writing, and Course Leader, BA Music as Communication and Creativity, at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also involved with the Department’s Skillset Media Academy and the Goldsmiths Screen School. His professional experience as a film maker has informs his research in sound and teaching. Julian has been working with Martyn Ware and the Gallery on a digital participation project with students from Goldsmiths around the Road to 2012. Work by the students will be showcased during the evening.
Yuval Gerstein was born in 1979 and is a guitarist and music producer based in London. After completing his undergraduate degree in jazz performance, Yuval was guitarist/vocalist for the band Cooloolooh and played at festivals including the Montreal jazz fest and New York's Highline festival. He is currently studying for an
MA in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths focusing on music production, film scoring and music technology.
Cristina Picchi, born 1981 is an Italian documentary filmmaker and writer based in London. Having achieved her degree in European Literature at the University of Pisa, she is about to complete her MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths College.
Yujin Yun was born in 1985 in Seoul, South Korea. She studied BA Visual Communication Design at Hongik University. Yujin then worked as an assistant curator at I-GONG Media Theatre before moving to London and studying for an MA in Digital Media at Goldsmiths.
Christina Katsantoni was born in 1975 in Athens, Greece and studied BA Marketing, Communication and Advertising at Columbia College in Chicago. She returned to Athens where she worked in international advertising agencies for ten years. In 2010 Christina moved to London to study for an MA in Digital Media: Technology and Cultural Form at Goldsmiths.