Archive for January, 2008
The London Art Fair reviewed from an outsider’s perspective. We hear the cocktails were nice and the eye candy was even better, not to be philistines about it, obviously.
Simon Clancy talks about the gulf that’s opened between artist and audience in the era of the iPod, an era where the “whole package” of the album and is dead forever.
With Robbie Williams on strike and US CD sales down 19% in 2007 what’s going to happen to the ‘big four’ record labels? Should music lovers begin to worry? Probably not…
Theatre without the theatre – site specific performance is on the rise. This is our second article recently relating to site specific theatre, so we certainly can’t disagree with the author of this article that its a growing aspect of the performing arts. Having experienced some of Bristol’s site specific offerings, tti can only recommend seeking out an unconventional performance space near you.
The Panacea, aka Mathew Mootz, styles himself ‘the digital version of Napalm Death’. It’s an apt description for his own brand of mashed up Drum and Bass, which he releases through his record label, Position Chrome. You may be surprised to discover he used to be a choir boy, or perhaps that helps to explain his music…
In our unceasing quest to root out different cultures and scenes we use a specially trained bloodhound. As a puppy he was taught to make positive associations with exemplars of art and culture; pedigree chum served from a fauvist inspired bowl, squeaky toys in the shapes of Brancusi’s most influential sculptures. He now roams the collective consciousness searching for all that is new, exciting or evolving. This week, he’s discovered VJing.
Hexstatic are Stuart Warren Hill and Robin Brunson. We had a chat with Robin about what Hexstatic do, and where their visuals are headed. Both men have a long history in visuals and formed Hexstatic in 1997. They are signed to Ninja Tune, and have a close association with Coldcut. They have performed at many significant art galleries and alongside David Bryne, as well as producing two AV albums of their own work.
VJ Anyone a.k.a. Oli Sorenson performs with many top DJs and is currently touring with Sander Kleinenberg. He also runs the AV Social night in London, which pretty much does what it says on the tin. He has written essays for several books as well as writing for DJ Mag on the subject of VJing.
Geoff Gamlen is one of three people who make up Eclectic Method. Of our four interviewees Eclectic Method are perhaps most straight forward in terms of characterising themselves as pure entertainment in the form of music and live visuals. They have produced visuals for U2, Fatboy Slim, MTV and Faithless.
Nicolas Boritch is part of ‘visual label’ Anti VJ and club night Cuisine. Anti VJ orchestrates visual events and recently performed at Light Up Bristol, using the city’s council building to project their works onto. The Cuisine club night offers Bristol’s clubbers the opportunity to see Europe’s finest VJs. On both projects he works closely with French artist Crustea (Joanie Lemercier) – who performed at the Light Up Bristol event – pictured left. The thing is… tracked Nicolas down to get the promoter’s perspective on club visuals.