Interzone brings together a group of internationally prominent and emergent artists whose approaches to their individual art practices embrace sound, installation and visual components. The project is a six week conversation, the gallery re-imagined as liminal land between borders, playing host to a sustained exploration of the multi-faceted, complex, mutually invigorating relationships possible across visual and sonic art practices and rejecting outmoded separation between disciplines within contemporary art. Codes, glitches and loops permeate the assembled constituents of the exhibition, instigating a shifting inter-connection between what is seen and heard. The title references both the International Zone setting of William S Burroughs taboo breaking 1959 novel Naked Lunch and the mysterious, dreamlike “Zone” in Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker.
Interzone will be complemented by a series of live Sonic Art performances on the opening night and to coincide with June and July Late Night Art Belfast.
Considering the overlapping tensions inherent within music culture and contemporary art practice, ‘NOISE FEST’ brings together the work of Ericka Beckman, Vivienne Dick, and Seamus Harahan. Collectively harnessing a vocabulary and sensibility that oscillates and slips between clear categories of distinction, the works incorporate the disparate tropes of experimental filmmaking with the aesthetic rhetoric of pseudo music documentary and video.
Taking its name from an influential festival of No Wave performances in 1981 at New York based arts organisation White Columns, the exhibition is punctuated with texts by Kim Gordon and Dan Graham, in addition to the Brian Eno produced LP ‘No New York‘, (1978).
Framed by and paying homage to the New York based underground movement No Wave, ‘NOISE FEST’ reflects on a time when the two distinct fields were reciprocally influenced and encouraged by one another.
GLEAM (GLasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 30th and 31st 2014
“To honour the centenary of Scottish-Canadian filmmaker and artist Norman McLaren (1914-1987), the first annual GLEAM (GLasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) Festival will celebrate his lasting influence, situating contemporary works of ‘visual music’ within the current context of audiovisual practice and providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration. ”