Ecstatic Material: Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison – Outlands UK Tour
Drawing upon Keith Harrison’s renowned art practice transforming raw materials and Beatrice Dillon’s rhythmic computer music compositions, this jointly developed palette of playdoh pumping sound system and sound synthesis summons the euphoric and alchemical aspects of the everyday in a mingled sensory suite of elasticity, interference and reaction. Or as Keith Harrison defines it “a live experiment in which our respective systems are set in motion, bending sound and material. We have an overall structure but have factored in a capacity to react to what’s happening each night and change as the tour progresses and material accumulates.”
This live experiment with sound and substance will be conducted through a modular system made up of malleable materials, light and multi-channel audio which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists into the performance space. Beatrice remarks “I’m interested in creating a sense of a physical, tactile presence through sound, one that bumps into and spills over into Keith’s sculptures. I’m excited by the messy physicality of this project, exploring different scale and spatial opportunities and responding to the different constraints of each site.”
Tour support comes from Copper Sounds who spin copper dubplates, ceramic pots, and heavy icelandic rock. They will also lead a workshop at each tour venue, where participants can design and cast their own wax 7”.
This tour is commissioned by OUTLANDS, curated and produced by Jennifer Lucy Allan and Al Cameron and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.