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  • Feb 7 2019
  • Feb 15 2019

OUTLANDS #4: Ecstatic Material

A black speaker is coated with a blue paint and filled with an opaque orange liquid and the liquid is responding to vibrations produced by the speaker
A black speaker is coated with a blue paint and filled with an opaque orange liquid and the liquid is responding to vibrations produced by the speaker

Ecstatic Material combines sound and substances from two original figures in their respective fields; musician and producer Beatrice Dillon and artist Keith Harrison. Commissioned by Outlands, this brand new collaborative performance will expand and contract over back to back performances at venues across England – dates and details below.

Drawing upon Keith Harrison’s renowned art practice transforming raw materials and Beatrice Dillon’s rhythmic computer music compositions, this jointly developed palette of playdoh pumping sound system and sound synthesis summons the euphoric and alchemical aspects of the everyday in a mingled sensory suite of elasticity, interference and reaction. Or as Harrison defines it “a live experiment in which our respective systems are set in motion, bending sound and material. We have an overall structure but have factored in a capacity to react to what’s happening each night and change as the tour progresses and material accumulates.”

This live experiment with sound and substance will be conducted through a modular system made up of malleable materials, light and multi-channel audio which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists into the performance space. Beatrice remarks “I’m interested in creating a sense of a physical, tactile presence through sound, one that bumps into and spills over into Keith’s sculptures. I’m excited by the messy physicality of this project, exploring different scale and spatial opportunities and responding to the different constraints of each site.”

Tour DJs Copper Sounds spin copper dubplates, ceramic pots, heavy icelandic rocks, and self-pressed locked grooves into a primitive and tactile turntablism. They will also lead a daytime workshop at each tour venue, where participants can design and cast their own playable wax 7”.

Keith Harrison © Hydar Dewachi

Keith Harrison Credit: Hydar Dewachi

ARTISTS

KEITH HARRISON is an established artist particularly known for his work with ceramics, public experiments and the transformation of raw materials to unpredictable effect. Harrison’s work shows an awareness of social issues: the relation with audience; the value of physical things; references to popular music and social housing. Well documented was his collaboration with sensationally loud grindcore music pioneers Napalm Death, whereby Harrison built a ceramic tiled wooden sound system which changed form in response to the groups raw energetic sound reverberating inside the structure and assistance from the crowd. Comparatively Keith shall be building a structure from which sound and substance shall transform in front of the audience in truly unpredictable fashion.

BEATRICE DILLON is a London-based producer and artist with releases across Boomkat Editions, Hessle Audio, The Trilogy Tapes, PAN and Where To Now?. Recent performances include Atonal Berlin, Documenta Athens, Masåfåt Cairo, Moscow Save, MUTEK Montreal and Barbican Centre. She has collaborated widely with award-winning visual artists for film, installation and performance across ICA, TATE, Lisson Gallery, Palais de Tokyo Paris, Nasher Dallas and MACVAL Paris amongst others. She presents a show on NTS Radio. Dillon was the recipient of Wysing Arts Centre’s artist residency in 2016 and the Somerset House Studios artists residency from 2018.

A portrait of Beatrice Dillon in black and white, wearing shoulder length curly hair, a black t-shirt and metal rimmed glasses stood over a vinyl turntable

Beatrice Dillon. Credit: Somerset House

'“Tonally, the music switches between deconstructed club music and unpredictable ambient; yet despite the busyness, it’s never overwhelming or superfluously theatrical. Instead, the focus is honed to a pleasing asymmetry that sees the overlap between animating materials to create sound, and creating sounds to animate materials.”'

DANIEL DYLAN WRAY, THE GUARDIAN

Design by Wonder Room Studio

This tour was commissioned by OUTLANDS, curated and produced by Jennifer Lucy Allan and Al Cameron and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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