Friday 6 October 2017, 7.30pm

Mark Fell & Ernest Edmonds + Rian Treanor & Karl D’Silva

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Multidisciplinary artist, Mark Fell and computational artist and theorist, Ernest Edmonds, present their longstanding collaboration in the form of two multichannel, generative audiovisual pieces; DC Release (2007) and Port Hacking (2002).

Support comes from the duo of Rian Treanor and Karl D'Silva, who'll be presenting a new piece for 8 channel sound and saxophone which they made for the Lush Spectra event in Sheffield in June.

DC release is a collaborative work featuring synthetic sound, colour projection, and a series of increasingly complex generative systems. The two performers intercede in the processes by modifying the generative systems as the work evolves. This piece premiered at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC in 2007 as part of the Colourfield Remix Exhibition.

This film is generated from a performance of Port Hacking. The work is by Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell and was first performed, by Edmonds and Fell, at Sparks: the launch event of the Creativity and Cognition Studios in Sydney, November 2003.

Mark Fell

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). After studying experimental film and video art at Sheffield City Polytechnic he reverted to earlier interests in computational technology, music and synthetic sound. In 1998 he began a series of critically acclaimed record releases on labels including Mille Plateaux, Line, Editions Mego and Raster Noton. Fell is widely known for exploring the relationships between popular music styles, such as electronica and club musics, and typically academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. Since his early electronic music pieces Fell’s practice has expanded to include moving image works, sound and light installation, choregoraphy, critical texts, curatorial projects and educational activites. He has worked with a number of artists including Yasunao Tone, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Okkyung Lee, Luke Fowler, Peter Gidal, John Chowning, Ernest Edmonds, Peter Rehberg, Oren Ambarchi and Carl Michael Von Hausswolff.

The diversity and importance of Fell's practice is reflected in the range and scale of international institutions that have presented his work which include - Hong Kong National Film archive, The Baltic (Gateshead), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Laboral (XIxon), The Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), The Serpentine (London), The Australian Centre For Moving Image, Artists Space (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), Corcoran (DC), Curtis R.Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (NY), Lampo/Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (Chicago), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Hanger Biccoca (Milan) and others. Fell's work is in the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna) and has as been recognised by ARS Electronica (Linz).

Ernest Edmonds

Ernest Edmonds' art is in the constructivist tradition and is a pioneer in the use of computers and computational ideas in art. He first used computers in his practice in 1968. He first showed an interactive artwork with Stroud Cornock in 1970. He first showed a generative time-based computer work in London in 1985. He has exhibited throughout the world, from Moscow to LA. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, holds some of his artwork and is collecting his archives within the National Archive of Computer Based Art and Design.

He has around 300 refereed publications in the fields of human-computer interaction, creativity and art. Ernest Edmonds is Professor of Computational Art at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK and Founding Director of the Creativity and Cognition Studios at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ernest Edmonds was born in London and studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Leicester University. He has a PhD in logic from Nottingham University. He has held the position of University Dean, has served on many funding and conference committees and was a pioneer in the development of practice-based PhD programmes. He founded the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference series and was part of the founding team for the ACM Intelligent User Interface conference series. He has been an invited speaker in, for example, the UK, France, the USA, China, Australia, Japan and Malaysia. He received the 2017 SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement In Digital Art.

Rian Treanor

Rian Treanor (b.1988) is an artist and producer based in the North of the UK. His sound practice re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting an insightful and compelling musical world of interlocking and fractured components. Drawing upon his study with Lupo at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering, plus years spent curating the Enjoy artspace in Leeds, Treanor’s sound uses off centred rhythmic arrangements, referencing the dynamics of garage and techno as much as Fluxus and Dada cut-ups.

In 2015 Treanor has focused on his solo sound works, developing musical environments for improvisations within his live performances. He has recently signed to Annex artist agency who are managing bookings for his live shows in conjunction with his debut release on The Death of Rave later in 2015.


Karl D’Silva

Born in Rotherham in the late 1980’s, Karl D’Silva is a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable producing and singing a pop song as he is pushing the endurance limits of his respiratory system when playing the alto saxophone. Has performed with Thurston Moore, Damo Suzuki, Okkyung Lee, Ex-Easter Island Head, Rhys Chatham and Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire to name a few.

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