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14 March at 12:00 pm - 17 March at 6:00 pmFREE
Audiograft returns with its annual mix of new experimental music and sound, exhibitions, artists’ talks and workshops taking place across Oxford.
OVADA is delighted to host the film ‘Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett)’ by Luke Fowler and video works ‘ALL BODIES END IN SILENCE’ by Davide Tidoni.
Audiograft’s opening event will take place at OVADA on Thursday 14 March 2019, with screenings of Luke Fowler and Davide Tidoni’s work between 6-8pm. There will be a performance by Tess Denman-Cleaver in response to Fowler’s film at 7pm. The warehouse can be very cold this time of year – please wrap up warm!
The exhibition then continues at OVADA until 17 March 2019, open 12-6pm daily, with free WORKSHOPS taking place over the weekend:
-Saturday 16 March (2-4pm) – ‘DREAM SPACE’ Recording Workshop with Magz Hall
-Sunday 17 March (2-4pm) – ‘Writing with Sound’ Workshop with Tess Denman Cleaver and Kate Liston
audiograft is a PWYD (Pay What You Decide) festival.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Glasgow based artist, filmmaker and musician, Luke Fowler‘s Electro-Pythagorus pays tribute to the work and musical ideas of Martin Bartlett (1939-93) a proudly gay Canadian composer who during the 1970s and 1980s pioneered the use of the ‘microcomputer’. Bartlett is hardly recognised, never mind canonised, in cultural life. He researched intimate relationships with technology and was particularly interested in handmade electronics where, as he states in one of his performances: “the intimacy of handcraftedness softens the technological anonymity creating individual difference making each instrument a topography of uncertainties with which we become acquainted through practice’.
Davide Tidoni’s work presents several actions that the artist has performed with microphones. These actions reflect on the materiality of the sound devices and explore their corporeal aspects, as sounding bodies that he interacts with in unexpected ways. The actions are developed with a direct dramaturgy, each ending with the metaphorical death of the microphone and consequent absence of sound. Examples of actions include burning a microphone or destroying it with a slingshot. Davide’s actions explore the ephemeral nature of corporeal existence through the presence, absence, and disappearance of sound as a metaphor for life and death.
Visit the Festival’s website for a full programme of exhibitions, events and workshops: www.audiograft.co.uk