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  • Jun 13 2019
  • Jun 22 2019

OUTLANDS #5: Fracture Patterns

Fracture Patterns is a live collaboration between UK artist duo Semiconductor and New York musician and producer Eartheater. This original commission by the Outlands Network combines large-scale multi-channel video works by Semiconductor with an original live soundtrack and performance by Eartheater, fusing both into a compelling theatrical production.

This tour is an investigation in absorption and the spectrum between empirical research and human emotion, via large-scale, sublime projections, vocals, movement and sound that linger playfully and productively at the blurred edges between dissonance and harmony. Semiconductor and Eartheater invite audiences to join them as they explore the collision and collusion of their respective practices.

'Eartheater and Semiconductor performed tonight at KARST (Plymouth) as part of the Outlands tour. Trying to avoid hyperbole but this really is one of the most extraordinary live performances I have seen in a very very long time. Visual artists and musicians collaborating isn’t always a balanced equation but here it was perfect. Semiconductor’s subtle visuals acted as a foil that allowed the virtuosic intensity of Eartheater’s vocal (and visual) performance to stand apart in their difference. In one piece the videos of solar flares infused the performance (face up close to a strobe) with the sense of a deity at the farthest reaches of the universe toying with the powers of creation and extinction. The abstraction of astronomy and myth embodied in voice and movement. Another piece included a noise orchestra made up of members of the audience making hissing and other sounds, slowly accumulating into three dimensional acoustic and occupying the space of the audience. I would pay full whack to see this at Meltdown or Manchester International Festival and feel like I got to see one of the best things. More art and music like this please!'

BEN BORTHWICK, PLYMOUTH ARTS CENTRE

ARTISTS

Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Together the duo have been working together for over 15 years to create captivating large scale works. They have produced a wide scope of work, including more recently, HALO, which draws the viewer into its centre in order to inhabit the results of particle-collisions, produced by experiments taking place at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Also a moving image science fiction called As The World Turns. They have previously won prestigious awards and fellowships, including the ‘Best Short Film Award’ at the International Festival of Science and Cinema, Marseille, the ‘Samsung Art + Prize UK’ for new media, the ‘Golden Gate Award for New Visions’ at San Francisco International Film Festival USA, and the ‘Art and Science Award’ at Ann Arbor Film Festival USA to name a few.

Eartheater is Alexandra Drewchin, a New York based musician, artist, and choreographer who seeks on a daily basis to provoke classical and pop paradigms. Eartheater distills foley-filled digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. A body of viscerally emotive live performance stands alongside her recorded output, realized by her fearless physical investment and gut-wrenching vocal sincerity.

This tour was commissioned by OUTLANDS, curated and produced by De La Warr Pavilion and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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