Sudden Infant, Family Battle Snake, Toymonger + Black Sun Film Programme
@ Dublin: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter
Wednesday 23 June 2010 at 19:00
Price : TBA
Black Piss Presents:
SUDDEN INFANT / JOKE LANZ
Born in Switzerland and currently operating out of Berlin, Joke Lanz is a prolific artist working with sound and performance since 1986. His activities in various solo and collective guises (for music groups, radio projects, theater and dance endeavors) have included Sudden Infant, Schimpfluch-Gruppe, WAL, Catholic Boys In Heavy Leather, Jaywalker, Opposite Opponents, MK Selection, Psychic Rally, The Eye of Arghhh, Tell and countless others. He has also toured the world over with various acolytes and has released his works on some of the most prominent record labels in the noise underground (Schimpfluch, Tochnit Aleph, Blossoming Noise, Entr'acte, Artware, SSSM, Klanggalerie, Some Bizarre, iDeal Rec and many more).
Sudden Infant is Lanz' longest-running and most enduring project. Its inception in 1989 was borne out of Lanz' urgent drive to combine sound art and performance into one visceral whole -- by doing so, his performances frequently bring forth elements and influences from Dada, actionism, Fluxus, noise, and punk, as well as some of industrial music's most trenchant performers.
A Sudden Infant performance will typically be anchored by two main characteristics: the use of minimal electronic equipment on one side, on the other a strong focus on the human body, its reduced essence, and the sound-worlds it contains and spews forth. Sudden Infant is a vehicle for Lanz to run acoustic and psychic elements to their end by focusing on their bare essentials. Thus doing, he establishes an extremely tense aesthetic of performance, and tears down any preconceived barriers between noise, performance, improvisation, and electronic music.
FAMILY BATTLE SNAKE
Bill Kouligas is a Berlin based artist who runs the label Pan and also Family Battle Snake, his long running solo experimetal music project. He has collaborated with the likes of Sudden Infant, Christian Weber, Mark Durgan, Chris Corsano, Ashtray Navigations, Stellar OM Source, To Live And Shave In L.A., Anla Courtis, MV Carbon to name but a few.
Family Battle Snake floats on a plane ebbing and flowing between early psychedelia, tape music, and gluey entropicalia. Lava shifts of analogue synth warm cold industrial. Definitely more in the "noises" than "noise" camp. Family Battle Snake is like a cloak of whispers, ominous.
* * with special guests: TOYMONGER * *
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Black Sun Film Programme for June 22nd and 23rd dates
Curated by Maximilian Le Cain.
Ah, Liberty! (Ben Rivers, 2008)
Maverick British filmmaker Ben Rivers made a name for himself with a series of films documenting the lives of contemporary hermits, existing ideologically and geographically apart from today’s society, stubbornly forging their own ways of life in remote rural landscapes. Yet his films are not documentaries so much as impressionistic portraits strongly characterised by his distinctive, rough-hewn aesthetic. Rivers shoots on a wind-up 16mm Bolex, which allows a maximum shot length of just thirty seconds. He processes his own films in his kitchen sink, welcoming the beautiful blemishes this produces. Widely considered his masterpiece, Ah, Liberty! focuses not on a single character but on a family living in the remote Scottish highlands. This almost wordless, black-and-white vision of a life of complete freedom in a harsh, near-sublime landscape celebrates ‘liberty’ without sentimentalising it, at times attaining the quality of a feverish nightmare…
Concern For One’s Fellow Man (Ivan & Igor Buharov, 2000) & Hotel Tubu (Ivan & Igor Buharov, 2002)
It is with great excitement that Black Sun brings the work of one of contemporary European cinema’s best-kept secrets to Ireland. Ivan & Igor Buharov were born in the early ‘70s and became brothers in 1993. Since then, in addition to separate careers as artists and musicians, they have co-created Super-8 features and numerous shorts. Today, ‘originality’ might be a much-abused, almost meaningless term. But when confronted with films as utterly extra-terrestrial as the Buharovs’, that tired word proves perhaps the only recourse… Homemade and oneiric, these darkly playful 8mm hallucinations come with the aura of having been discovered in someone’s attic, precisely revealing a world perhaps subconsciously suspected but hitherto un-describable…
Artwar 3: Irresistible Attack (Jeff Keen, 1995)
Jeff Keen, the British master of underground cinema whose career stretches back to the ‘50s, has recently been receiving a measure of much-deserved international attention at last. His head-on collision of diary film, pulp meltdown, war-inspired iconography and live-wire fast cutting results in work that resembles an odd but also somehow necessary (and very heterosexual) hybrid of Jack Smith and William Burroughs. The extraordinary energy and spontanaeity of Keen’s visually dense films tap into the mad joy of penetrating and subverting the magic of moviegoing with the material reality of daily life. Artwar 3: Irresistible Attack belongs to the most formally aggressive phase of his career, an all-out declaration of faith in his marvelous slogan: ‘Deep War Hurts. Art War Makes Strong’