In 2010 in response to the growing importance of sound art and as part of the continuous commitment to experimental art forms, theAgency gallery began programming sound art as event based performance. This expanded into the sound exhibition Code of Contingency, featuring LA based artist Luke Fischbeck from Lucky Dragons, Finnish artist Jan Anderszen and Londoners Tom Richards and the collective of Call and Response, curated by Sarah Jury (London) and Lisa Baldini (New York). Currently the Agency is co-programming external sound events with Milton Keynes Gallery as part of Scratch Nights, including artists and writers on sound such as Jo Thomas, Clare Gasson, Salome Voegelin, Sculpture, Tom Richards and more. The programme of sound events will continue throughout 2012.
The Agency/ Mk Gallery @ APT Curatorial Fellowship 11 Oct 2012:
Janek Schaefer, Boombox Concert, live improvisation
The Agency/MKGallery @ V22Halls, Bermondsey, London, live 9 June 2012
[a repetition of sounds (signs) that create/generate a powerful sound-speech/ soundscape]
featuring Entr'acte :Theo Burt,
Tim Wright (Film),
Agency: Jo Thomas, Tom Richards
My Dance The Skull:Blood Stereo, Janek Schaefern, Tom White, Clive Graham and Anthony Donovan,Mama Baer/Hjuler , Andrew Coltrane
For 'Antistrophe' Simon Wright and Bea de Souza utilise the format of a live concert for the first time. Antistrophe represents a progressive approach to merging the different approaches of art performance, sound art, film and experimental music fluidly
Mimosa Moize and Edd Simpson @ the Agency in association with MK Gallery
Code of Contingency
featuring Lucky Dragons, Tom Richards, Call & Response and Tomutonttu,
curated by Sarah Jury and Lisa Baldini, Gallery 2
Images: Lucky Dragons Live performances
Whitney Museum, 2008 and Portland Oregon 2008 ( Photo : Micheal Demeo )
Tom Richards, Adapted DJPerformance with Polyrhythmic Sequencer and Hand Cut Vinyls 2010/
a preference for simple ratios2012
Tom Richards live performances are based on rhythmically mixing several channels of live radio broadcast in the face of the immanent cancellation of analogue FM broadcasting. He has a continuing interest in tribal and shamanic music. He works with live or recorded and randomised live electronic drum-choirs using principles of chance and polyrhythm. In addition to the semi-autonomous machinic interfaces he utilises to create sound structures he also involves resonant sonic sculptural elements as part of his works.
Simon Schaefer, Welten Bauen, Circuit breaking live performance 28 Oct 2011
'Welten Bauen/ Building Worlds' is the heading under which German artist Simon Schaefer dismantles and reassembles existing computers to build the machines that create live and recorded sound. Circuit bending is the creative customization of the circuits within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered digital synthesizers to create new musical instruments. Schaefer also uses gameboys and nintendo devices and links the manipulated gadgets, which he calls warstruments, with visuals to create an orchestral and sculptural experience.Born 1978 Simon Schaefer works on his own and under the band name 'der Warst' and has played and shown internationally.
Karen Tang,Moon Miner (with midnight orange) / Other 2010
"Moon Miner" (2010)
Karen Tang with midnight orange productions( Sophie Arstall: dance/choreography and Kaja Bjorntvedt: composition/ performance).
Moon Miner presents a nocturnal spectacle of Space. Mysterious objects suggest the incomprehensible technologies of the future.
The soundtrack concentrates heavily on vibrations; as there is no air on the moon, sound can only be transmitted through tremors and pulsations in the ground, or through touch. It is further inspired by the frequencies and rotation
of the moon and imaginary sounds of its landscape. The movement and choreography centres around this installation of sound and sculpture navigating the body and responding physically to this dynamic lunar landscape.