A floor strewn with beer cans, bits of scrap metal, ceramic bowls, curious, miscellaneous electronics and wires: a collection of sundry things to make sound. Tetsuya Umeda, Dirty Electronics and Tim Shaw create a series of performance-installations that embrace ‘working in public’. Objects and things are explored in situ, in time, in memory. There is a prioritisation of sound. It is only through the dismantling and analyzing of things that we may understand their structure … making and unmaking become a processual part of performance. This unique collaboration focuses on performing in ‘each other spaces’; and how prototypic, extended electronic circuits and technological processes may intersect with materials and physical objects within a space.
Japanese sound-artist and performer Tetsuya Umeda is renowned for opening up dialogues between objects and surroundings and creating performances through these dialogues. There is a unique exploratory nature to his work where objects and scraps of waste material, as well as the venue itself, become subject matter. Umeda’s performance often exploits natural forces and phenomena – gravity, wind, centrifugal force – and through his idiosyncratic approach, he creates the miraculous from the everyday.
John Richards explores the idea of Dirty Electronics that focuses on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. He is primarily concerned with the performance of large-group electronic music and DIY electronics, and a ‘music of things’. His work also pushes the boundaries between performance art, electronics, and graphic design and is transdisciplinary as well as having a socio-political dimension.
Tim Shaw is an artist interested in the relationship between site and technology. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and site-responsive interventions his practice attempts to expose the mechanics of systems and to reveal the hidden aspects of communication and recording technologies. Collaboration plays a central role in his approach.