Islington Mill’s residency over at the Black-E for Liverpool Biennial is now all wrapped up. It’s been a fantastic weekend of collaborations, art and performances from some truly amazing people.
Friday saw us arrive slightly late, with not much time to set up. In true Mill off the cuff style we incorporated Projection mapping live into Raikes Parade’s set, using 7 individual draped screens. Pomegranate Circus, brainchild of Sam Weaver was up next, this time using dual projections, analogue and digital. Using mini spy cam’s attached to signal lights on Sam’s analogue synths, we were able to create a reactive visual performance incorporating the output from the LED’s.
Saturday was another full on day of improvisation and collaboration. Finally I was able to get analogue inputs working correctly to my computer. For the set with Dwellings, I took the feed from Chris’ analogue video synth, through Arena to give a digitally manipulated reactive analogue feed.
Michael O’Neil was up next again working with Dwellings. As always a mind blowing and engaging set.
Charles Hayward was back in town, this time improvising with a number of different Liverpool musicians, including members of Stealing Sheep, a.P.A.t.T. and Gnod. Another fantastic collaboration, with a totally different feeling and atmosphere to the mill sessions. Hopefully it won’t be the last time we see everyone from both sides working together.
Artists John Powell Jones (SAVWO) and Alliyah Hussain (Volkov Commanders) collaborate to create sound and visual arts performances.
(JPJ and AH ‘Composition’)
For ‘Composition’ acrylic sheets are mic-ed, painted and used as a reactive surface to create hand drawn prints. The audio from the sheets is turned into a reactive looped performance. As each sheet was completed and hung, a live feed of the work was mapped to each individual print, creating a multiple screen display, in a full loop of the performance.
Closing the night, the second performance from Pomegranate Circus. As we had finally been able to get the analogue inputs working, this time the analogue signal from the cameras was manipulated and layered digitally. Again, reacting to the signal from the LED’s, the digital process allows further live manipulation.
Sunday began in a way calmer, more relaxed fashion. As Maurice Carlin’s Endless Pages work began to be more and more disassembled and given out to it’s Temporary Custodians, the Islington Mill creative exchange hung the various collages and artworks created over the weekend, Manchester’s Manage a Trois graced the stage with beautiful slow paced tracks including a cover of Islands in the Stream. With a backdrop of beautiful swirling blue water, it was the perfect start to a Sunday.
(Menage a Trois)
Things took a turn for the sinister, with the debut of Deep Hedonia’s FUCKSAKE, apparently their only performance (not if we’ve anything to do with it). Pulsing industrial rhythms and noise, accentuated by a gentleman who goes by the moniker ‘Golden Tony’ in a coffin, lots of smoke and terrifying live manipulated visuals from Thom Isom. Think a very bad trip watch IT, Scanners, Robocop and Nightmare on Elm Street all at the same time. At Gasamtkunstwerk.
CHRISTEENE. What can I say. Disgusting. Sexy. Incredible. As ever. Fresh from her performances in London at the SOHO Theatre (of which new dates have been added) Despite a few mic problems, She graced the stage as only she could, turning the Black-E into probably the sleaziest state of affairs it’s ever been in. Wonderful to see her back, make sure you catch her performance at the next instalment of BUMMER CAMP down at the mill. (The bouncy castle will be back in courtyard too.)
Thanks to everyone in Liverpool that came down and ate, chatted, performed and got involved, to everyone at the Black-E, and especially to all the Mill heads that as ever, made the weekend so special.
NEXT UP: I’ll be collaborating with two more VOLKOV COMMANDERS and Guardian Alien at Islington Mill Thursday 17. Live streamed visuals and madness.
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