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Sunday 31 May 2020, 7.30pm

LOU BARNELL: MELTA

"Her set…was one of the most astonishing and exciting I have seen...I’m not sure whether I have been quite so agreeably alarmed by a live performance of sound and visual art...primarily from the sense that we might have been collectively staring into some terrible future vision of our existence or that of our children..."
 – Neil March, Demerara Records 2019

Lou Barnell is a London born movement and sound artist. An explosion of material sonic experimentation, intense visuals and brutalist visceral choreography. Barnell create scores as physical traces with sensory tests and materials, extended vocal techniques, wearable sound-materials and biorhythmic sensors, and is currently in the final stages of a period of research and development into dreams, embodied listening and materials funded by Arts Council England, culminating in work in progress MELTA. The piece features Lisa Busby (Co-Performer & Collaborator) and Robin Foster (Technical Director)

Performance is type of dream.
And dreaming is a kind of performance.
These are spaces where we make meaning in the moment and enact the unsayable.
Over the past year, I have developed 'live dreaming' as a method of exploring multidimensional orientation, listening and embodied sound.
The ‘performance dream’ creates a space that allows me to imagine possible futures in the face of the self- destruction of humanity within the porous membranes between body and material. It gives language to my feelings of disorientation and alienation as a neurodivergent female.
I use alchemical wearable sound- material sculptures made and reformed live using ice and reusable thermoplastic, and biorhythmic sensors, to create a live body-sonic score.
The work in progress MELTA features Lisa Busby (Movement and Vocals) and Robin Foster (Technical Director)
The audience are invited into a kaleidoscopic, melting, fragile world where materials, bodies and sound resonate and communicate together intensely. A hypnotic explosion of sensory experimentation, shimmering visuals, extended vocal techniques and sensual, queasy sound. Everything quivers, droops, slips and bends. Movements are precise, precarious and unsettling. Corporeal granular sounds oscillate, triggered by biorhythmic and environmental data.

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