Artist Abigail Reed will be using her paintings as inspiration to lead a workshop in animal mask-making. Using paint and cardboard you can become a Bear, Stag or Hare! The workshop is aimed at children but all welcome.
A collaboration between drummer E-Da Kazuhisa and visual artist Daisy Dickinson. ‘Adrena Adrena’ cuts a raw blend of drums, noise and organic visual work.
Through her film work, Dickinson has worked with everyone from The Flaming Lips to Deerhoof and Perfume Genius, whilst Kazuhisa has had a fruitful history drumming with groups like The Boredoms, Cuz, Drum Eyes and Seefeel.
For Supernormal, Angela Rawlings will perform from echolology, a sound-poetry score.
Angela Rawlings has been selected by Counterflows (Glasgow) as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
Angela Rawlings champions environmental stewardship through acoustic ecology, counter-mapping, and geopoetics. As a writer-activist, her literary output includes Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) and o w n (CUE BOOKS, 2015). Wide slumber received an Alcuin Award for Design; the book was adapted for stage production by VaVaVoom, Bedroom Community, and Valgeir Sigurðsson in 2014. She has also penned libretti for Davíð Brynjar Franzson (Longitude) and Gabrielle Herbst (Bodiless). Her music group Moss Moss Not Moss (with Rebecca Bruton) made its debut at the 2016 Glasgow Tectonics Music Festival.
Rawlings is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada, 2009) and held the position of Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence (Australia, 2012). During the latter experience, she created Gibber, a digital publication showcasing sound and visual poetry from Australian bioregions. Written while undergoing breast-cancer treatment, rawlings’ work Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the 2013 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights, and is forthcoming from Broken Dimanche Press.
Join artist Angela Rawlings for a sound and writing workshop, EAR KNOWS THROAT.
Throughout the writing, the writers will be influenced by the immediate soundscape — which will commence as environmental, but will then move into a brief pre-semantic or proto-semantic improvised sound poetry. Writers are encouraged to notice how what they hear impacts their writing. Do they flow with it, tune it out, incorporate it into their texts, or struggle upstream against the soundscape? Writers will be invited to contribute to the soundscape. Other writers will continue to write as their peers read, further being influenced by the multiple languages in the soundscape around them.
Everyone who attends is invited to bring their favourite writing material — paper, journal, pen, pencil, crayons, lipstick, markers, mobile phone etc…
Apostille is the alias of Glasgow-based Michael Kasparis. ‘Using sweat-stained, decaying machinery to create denigrated pop music injected with a poison, Apostille is the last resort of a man with too few problems, but blown out of all proportion. Living in the moment, trying to get out’.
Image courtesy of Dawid Laskowski.
Born in Tbilisi and now based in the Borcali region of Southern Georgia, Nargile Mehtiyeva aka Asiq Nargile has been playing saz (long-neck lute) and singing since the age of 15. Fluent in Azerbaijani, Georgian, and Russian, Nargile represents the cosmopolitan heritage of old Tbilisi, a city once known as a meeting point for multilingual aşıq bards who would travel through the region serving as conduits for news, ideas, music and culture. A powerful solo performer, her vocal recital of epic folk poetry is by turns ecstatic and deeply expressive, and is interspersed with bursts of virtuosic, highly ornamented saz. Equally comfortable performing moving laments or upbeat folk dances, Nargile is currently the only female aşıq living and performing in the ethnic Azeri region of Georgia, and has been teaching the art to new generations. Thanks to the efforts of The Sayat Nova Project, a non-profit group aiming to help preserve and promote the diverse musical dialects of the Caucasus, European audiences can now experience the elusive, hypnotic beauty of Nargile’s music for themselves.
Babaloose is an ongoing group project based in Glasgow that explores the converging spaces between writing, performance and visual art.
Babaloose is an open event, no structures or headline acts. The audience is the headline act! It is about the politics of performing, and the power of an audience as a self-organising creative community. Everyone is invited to join in, no sign-up sheets just turn up with something to read, sing, communicate and we will listen, applaud and have merriment.
This is an event designed to encourage potential performers, writers and artists. So if you have never performed before or shared your writing, Babaloose is the perfect place to start out.
Babaloose will also run participatory workshop to design the set for the open event at Supernormal.
Babaloose is an ongoing group project based in Glasgow that explores the converging spaces between writing, performance and visual art.
Join Babaloose for a workshop that explores the basics of theatrical set design, childhood den building and Arte Povera sculpture-making to create an ideal portable performance space for an open platform Babaloose event at Supernormal. How will the space shape the event? How can we make a flexible and adaptive stage that will encourage potential performers, writers and artists? How do we address the divide between performer and audience in a creative and unique way?
Open to everyone interested in creating a communal space for experimental art making and performance.
Returning to Supernormal with the sonic crèche after its success in 2013, Bolide are Brighton’s ‘finest troupe of free-jazz merrymakers’, and will be making the most of the disinhibition of infants. Members of the band who moonlight in social care and education will be on hand to encourage maximum din and spontaneous magical correlations. Lots of instruments and sound making devices will be available to get stuck into, with an emphasis on having fun and making a joyful noise. Just the ticket for parents who are feeling a bit fragile in the morning!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The three-piece line-up of Serafina Steer, Jenny Moore and Sarah Anderson deal out a vibrant, insouciant and defiantly uncategorisable brand of experimental pop, as indebted to the off-kilter stylings of The Slits as the elegiac strains of Steer’s solo work. Dealing out poignant tales of the everyday and kraut-inspired wig-outs alike, Bas Jan are as punk rock in spirit as they are poetic.
Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band based in London. They are Chardine (drums & amp; vocals), Steph (guitar & amp; vocals) and Kiera (bass & amp; vocals).
Big Joanie formed to make powerful music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and to inspire more young black punks to start the bands they always wanted to hear.
Get your black heart beating and feel your soul burning with a rigorous thirty-minute workout rite!!!!
Only for the daring early risers!!!
Drop and gimme six hundred and sixty six!!!!
Bridget Hayden and Claire Potter make vocally charged sound works, rooted in the affective nature of trauma. Potter’s worlds build around a site of impact; an accident, an exchange, a violence, without ever fully stating the cause. The unspoken instead hangs in the air, suspended by the tension of error. Generating noises in wordless solidarity to Potter’s viscerous reading, Hayden both supports and challenges it’s delivery according to her own levels of discomfort.
Throughout their performances they attempt to locate themselves within their bodies, allowing the struggle to produce an alignment of forces, or else risking subversion.
Their 2015 EP Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child (FortEvilFruit) was described by The Wire’s Frances Morgan as ‘rooted in quotidian horror’ and by Radio Free Midwich’s Sophie Cooper as ‘one of the most intriguing and thought provoking recordings I’ve ever heard’.
Brigitte Hart presents an a capella performance of 5-6 ‘folk’ songs from around the world all with their own story of lament. Included in the set will be ‘Thalassaki Mou’ a traditional Greek folk song potentially hundreds of years old. Other songs featuring would be Hodie (Latin Procession Song), Miss Otis Regrets (Ella Fitzgerald), Yeroushalaim Chel Zahav (Traditional, Hebrew/English) and the Australian National Anthem- sung with the tune and words backwards (which ends up sounding somewhat like a Scottish lament).
Brigitte Hart is an Australian-born sound and performance artist currently based in London. Specialising in voice, violin and environmental recordings her work spans experimental improvisation, installation, acoustic ecology, film, score and sound design.
In 2015 Brigitte was the recipient of the Australian Art Start Award which saw her partake in specialised workshops with environmental recording pioneer Chris Watson (BBC, David Attenborough) and performance artists Zierle and Carter. She also undertook a mentorship and performed regularly with Professor David Toop at institutions such as The Whitechapel Gallery and The London Contemporary Music Festival.
Cephalopod is a collaborative film-based hub taking residence for the weekend of Supernormal 2016. Their striking mollusc-inspired shed hidden deep in the woods will host a scheduled selection of events from BEEF members and friends; including a 16mm film drop in workshop as the cephalopod transforms into a darkroom, screenings from BEEF members & friends, and a performance of experimental live soundscapes from Saltings & sound explorations and excursions from BEEF members.
BEEF is a self-sustaining film and sound collective with an analogue heart initiated to support and nurture experimental film in Bristol. BEEF currently inhabits a temporary space with a communal area for screening events and a darkroom with a contact printer and hand processing facilities for 16mm film. A place of vibrant discussion and skill sharing, BEEF curates a regular programme of events, run community film and sound workshops and host the Bristol LUX Critical Forum.
A dizzying torrent of righteous repetition and acid-fried guitar overload, London noise-rock experimentalists Casual Nun are a perfect excuse to get back in the habit. Formed from the ashes of Dethscalator and Throne, they forge a mighty union between a feverishly fearless sonic modus operandi and a wide-eyed heaviosity, with elemental and incendiary results.
Gnarled punk attack and dementoid aggression from a distinctly skewed metropolitan force, channelling the power of conspiracy theories and knackered old hardcore 7″s into a poisonous brew as iconoclastic as it is idiotic. Surfing a grindcore-poisoned wave from the spirit of John Peel to the apocalypse, these Icke-obsessed miscreants are our fave harbingers of doom.
Cath from Massachusetts; Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne. They Come together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo. Taking a minimal, stripped back approach to their material, they have been described as ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition’.
Cavalier Song’s cinematic brand of exploratory sonic adventure is uncategorisable save for the primal charge of their onslaught – stormclouds of atmosphere and intensity collide in a haunting and powerful brand of symphonic power and elemental abstraction.
‘CHAMP presents: Meet the Puppets’ – a participatory puppet and noise making workshop where you can explore your inner wild(er)ness through the power of sacred JUJU and rollicking role-play. Using the absurdity of newly-conceived characters to delve into the hidden depths of the cosmos and accelerate, participants will fast track beyond reality to connect with that which is (((beyond))).
At the end of the session, festival goers are invited to join CHAMP as they lead a procession around the site with a motley crew of colelcted musicians and noise-makers.
CHAMP is a Bristol-based artist collective, formed in 2014 by UWE graduates and situated at Ringside Studios in Bristol. Although comprised of 14 individual artists with diverse practices, CHAMP also work collaboratively, creating participatory events including The Champ Experience at Spike Island and The Ascent at Knowle West Media Centre.
This workshop comprises a simple game structure for 3 or more players, The Bell Agency opens out into a mesmerising slow motion sound world. Somewhere between performance and unfolding, it depends on cluster maths, hive mind and the unique details to be witnessed. Open to all those aged from 5 to 6 onwards and willing to participate in this zen, engaging and startlingly educational audial activity.
Charles Hayward needs no introduction, his kinetic percussive talents and restless mercurial vision having blazed a trail across the British avant-garde for the last four decades, from Quiet Sun through This Heat to Camberwell Now and a plethora of solo material. Following two dazzling performances last year, he returns to Braziers to perform a solo set in the Zig-Zag + Swirl formation – this comprises a performance in which technology is used to open uncertainty in songs that surf his muse’s trademark combination of a psychedelic continuum and the startling other.
We’ve been trying to book Verity Susman for Supernormal seemingly since the festival started, which makes it all the more of a pleasure to welcome her under the auspices of her new trio Cup, also featuring Matt Simms and Lucy Plane, and traversing a riotous improvisatory trajectory of motorik, psychedelic and free jazz with abandon and intrigue to spare.
Using this simple historic photographic process, you will be able to create your own beautiful blue-prints using found materials, music related objects and the sun’s rays.
Cyanotypes are a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints.
Eastville Project Space will be in-sound residents in the Granary with Synth Building Workshops Workshops led by Farmer Glitch using kits produced for ‘Yeovil Hacker Space’ by ‘Whitford Research Limited’. They will be running a number of workshops to build standalone noise machines including:
*Atari Punk Console – a cute little noise maker that makes a great basis for other synth projects. An ideal project for young people and beginners.
*PunkSeq10 combining a 10 step sequencer and an Atari Punk Console for glitchy grooves. Great project for those with previous soldering experience.
*The Crackler a design based on the famous 1960s touchable electronic instrument ‘Cracklebox’. Another project that assumes some previous soldering experience.
Workshops will be limited to 10 people each session – all materials will be provided – and participants will be able to keep the synths upon completion of the sessions. Pricing/booking details to follow.
Eastville Project Space is an independent art space in Yeovil, Somerset – providing a creative hub for collaboration, where artists, musicians, designers and hackers can develop and produce innovative projects, with a programme including commissions, residencies, events and workshops.
Anyone who’s been to Supernormal for the past few years will be sure to recall witnessing ‘The Hat Lady’ AKA Liz Wakefield donning incredible detailed cardboard hats that have included a helter-skelter, Braziers House, and Supernormal’s very own Shed Stage to mention a few.
For Supernormal 2016, Liz will bring her collection of newly created illuminated hats depicting houses from well-known films lovingly and laboriously hand-crafted especially for the festival. Liz will be joined by pal Caroline Mullins. Stop them to say hi and marvel at their new creations as they appear after dark every evening for maximum effect!
A fearsome blend of psychotropic extrapolations and balls-out abandon. Sweden’s Flowers Must Die forge an interstellar continuum between the wild, freeform wig-outs of native forebears like Träd, Gräs & Stenar, Baby Grandmothers and Älgarnas Trädgård, and the here and now. With a new album scheduled for release on Rocket Recordings later this year, we’re delighted to be welcoming this collective over for their first ever shows outside of Scandinavia. Heads will roll, brains will fry, and if the flowers wanna die you’d better let ’em.
Georgia Hogan is interested how social and political histories are represented, and the mechanics of alternative ways of teaching and learning. She uses video, performance, sculpture, appropriation and collaboration to consider social movements, with works often exploring how mainstream ideology and traditional beliefs are constructed.
Her current practice includes research in to the Beguine communes and feminist ideas of language and presentation, including women’s movements in the medieval era.
Georgia will be taking over a shed and making new work as part of the Artist Shed Commissions.
Mercurial electronic trash-trawlers uniting the hypnotic glow of effects pedal lights with the hypnotic glow of dancefloor strobes, Giant Swan are masters of binary hedonism and anarchic abandon. Mighty noise, rhythmic interplay and an otherworldly allure collide with trainwreck malice, yet fiercely compelling results.
In 1991 Erica Smith spent the money she ‘should’ have spent on Poll Tax to publish the zine ‘GirlFrenzy’– articles, strips & no make-up tips. GirlFrenzy was a top ten zine in Melody Maker two years running, with a stellar cast of women contributors. It celebrated female comics artists, musicians and anarcha-feminism, and developed in parallel with Riot Grrrl. It was always ‘By Women for People’ – the ‘Odd Boy’ was welcome.
Several of the women involved with GirlFrenzy are Supernormal regulars who will use SN2016 for a GirlFrenzy ReUnion, to recruit like minds and gather material for the first GirlFrenzy since 1999.
Erica Smith leads a precarious existence as a graphic designer and still writes and draws. At SuperNormal she’ll still be doing all those things, and introducing you to the mindful martial art of Fucky-Offy.
Rachael House is an artist and she will be thoroughly queering the surrounding area.
Liz Wakefield will bring an interactive ‘lets build a giant SUPERNORMAL fuzzy felt’ and a collection of illuminated hats.
Deborah Ewing is former lead singer and Stylophonist of Sexlovebusterbaby! Deborah Ewing AKA The Pink Minx will be bringing some crafting shenanigans with a subversive twist.
Loulou Cousin is part of the Hastings/Outrageous Decadence posse. She makes anti-motivational manifestoes and is an all-round WünderKrone.
Georgie House is a feminist and photographer. She is far too young to remember GirlFrenzy, she will be assisting and documenting the team.
GOODIEPAL WITH DANIEL S. BØTCHER + GRØN + NYNNE ROBERTAH PEDERSEN
Radical Danish/Faroese artist, musician, storyteller and composer Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester – aka Goodiepal. With a performance style as enthralling as it is unclassifiable, Goodiepal draws on electronic music, computer technology, spoken word and broader cultural theory. Utterly unique.
“[His] utterly transfixing homemade musical contraptions and decidedly eccentric set-up, featuring a table filled with strange models of planets and a glass-caged metallic bird, had the whole audience rapt,not knowing whether to laugh or cry at the unconventional beauty of his astonishing performance.” – Susanna Glaser, THE WIRE
Early in 2016, Bristol-based improvisers Tina Hitchens, Yvonna Magda and Caitlin Alais Callahan drank some tea, ate some biscuits and embarked on a musical journey. Pushing past the conventions of their traditional instruments – flute, violin and double bass – the trio explore ever-expanding sonic possibilities. They play part-composed music; being interested in the conscious or unconscious improvisatory responses generated by musical, and extra-musical, prompts and restraints.
During the development of this work, the trio will collaborate with artist Benjamin A Owen to generate an unique landscape. Owen will utilise existing visual material related to the history of the festival itself, Braziers Park, and the locality and it’s landscapes, to provoke musical responses from the trio: in Cornelius Cardew’s words, ‘the musician’s pursuit is to recognise the musical composition of the world’.
The trio’s initial reactions to Owen’s locally-based material will be recorded, and re-worked into new visual and aural material. The audiovisual performance of Halftone at Supernormal will present Owen’s new work, the trio’s part-composed counter to that, and their additional improvisatory impulses prompted by the sights, smells and sounds of the festival itself in action.
Craft, create and decorate your own outlandish festival head-piece that lights up and take part in a procession through the festival after dark. This craft-based workshop will work with cardboard and other materials to creat decorated hats, crowns, fitted with battery lights to illuminate.
This workshop is aimed at kids (though adults are permitted!) and is hosted by Liz Wakefield and Bridget Meyne. Liz is the oft-seen Hat Lady of Supernormal and Bridget is an illustrator and comic maker whose work is bold, bright and character based working in both 2D and 3D. She’s worked for a number of clients including Create London, FUNHOUSE magazine, BBY and Polyester.
Utilising the pedal steel and her voice, Heather Leigh mainlines a psychic force that’s at once primal, ethereal and otherworldly, her psychedelic hymnals uniting the West Virginia and Texas of her origins, the Glaswegian underground where she made her name, and an unheimlich spirit at the heart of the human condition.
The first in a new series of collaborative projects comprising both a commission and a performance for Supernormal, this sees experimental sound artist Helm AKA Luke Younger joining forces with visionary percussionist Valentina Magaletti (also of Tomaga, Vanishing Twin, The Oscillation and numerous other projects) to create a new work that appears destined to explore not only new hinterlands between acoustic and electronic, but a world where the tactile and alluring meets the wilfully abrasive.
Herb Diamate is a self-styled ‘elegant post-apocalyptick drunken scarecrow who thinks he knows all the secrets of the unverse. He loves glamour, alcohol and pataphysics’ Somewhere between a character from a Lewis Carroll and a member of the Residents lurks this fellow, also performing this weekend with Vibracathedral Orchestra.
Seemingly helpful looking folks adorned in tabards with lollipop signs will be spotted wandering around Braziers Park over the weekend signalling they are ‘Here To Help’. Indeed they may well help the seeker but it may well not come in the form expected; if it is directions you require, instead you may well receive a little-known Sufi parable, some cosmic yogic wisdom, or a long-winded folkloric yarn acting as a commentary on capitalist culture and consumer branding in the age we live in.
Inhabiting a monochrome liminal zone where nihilistic No-Wave geometry locks horns with kinetic rhythmic drive, Housewives are an unusually arresting outfit to emerge from the wilds of the London underground. Hypnotic, angular and charged with fervent energy, their clangour with relight your ire.
We’re delighted to welcome this startling experimental vocal artist, making his first ever appearance in Europe, and bringing his unique blend of celestial ambience and fractured abstraction to bewitch the countryside “graphic delicate,urgent/full of space,musicmoves shifting tectonic plates of vocalpianotape improvisations –. fields of oldest hiss,haunting: melodies, collapsing answersbillowing clouds of erasure/rebuilding”
Jack will extend upon the Threshold Greeting piece which came about during the residency but this time will be utilising the perimeter of the house itself.
“What struck me on the residency was the way in which the building itself has been, from the very beginning, a container for a number of lives all seeking (Norman) Glaister’s ideal moment of communion. This brings to mind an idea of nested memory, each stone, each wooden panel, resonating with a shared intention, a moment of silent communication, waiting with baited breath for it’s moment. I wish to draw these invisible ghosts of intent out, giving them a fleeting physicality”.
Jack Catling is a London-based artist working mainly through the mediums of performance and installation. Through his practice he aims to bring about an atmospheric shift in ontological value, opening up a space for wonders to occur. Catling draws from his background in illusion, his interest in the value and perpetuity of symbols and a shady past built from various fictions. Jack is also a founding member of the performance group The Parlour Collective.
‘Let’s… Play… Darts!’ is a pop-up, interactive installation, celebrating the art of dart; a freestanding dartboard, Professional Darts Corporation standard oche, dressing-up rail, glitter curtain and enthusiastic darts announcer. Join in for a festival darts championship bonanza.
‘Let’s… Play… Darts! is created by artist Laura Dee Milnes who works with performance, video, costume, object and text through her growing roster of female working-class personas constructed from collected observations, methods and imagery.
Light Field is an off-grid, kinetically-powered participatory installation by sound artist Bill Thompson and choreographer Saffy Setohy; Made of, and activated by light, people and the sound of light.
Visually captivating, with a subtle sound score made of the sound of light and VLF/Natural Radio, Light Field playfully considers philosophical and practical ideas of contrasting needs for natural and technological light and darkness around the world, and our individual and collective relationship to energy generation and consumption.
The development of Light Field is being supported by Creative Carbon Scotland, Gayfield Creative Spaces, CCA Glasgow/Dance House and UZ Arts/InSitu.
New collaborative performance between three very different musicians especially for Supernormal.
Artist, composer, musician and performer, Lina Lapelyte’s practice, can be placed ‘in-between’ classical and experimental, music and fine art, composing and improvising. Initially trained as a classical violinist in Lithuania Lina showed an interest in experimental music from early on. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia.
Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures.
With a background in experimental electronic music, Graham Dunning makes things with sound and found objects to explore time and commemoration through personal archives – photographs, audio journals, post-it notes – and what becomes of them over time. He uses experimentation, play and restriction in his making processes through noise and unwanted sounds such record crackles and tape hiss combined with the visual equivalents of dirt, dust, decay to reveal and not conceal imperfections.
Lucy Woodhouse has created a DIY structure by combining various materials such as old tents, emergency blankets, and cling film. Powered using car batteries the space will house various electronic gadgets including a car stereo, a microphone, multiple speakers and a screen. Inspired while living with the community based at Braziers House, itself an ongoing experiment in cohabitation, this project’s aim is to act as an experimental self governing space for sharing, exchange and impromptu collaboration.
Lucy Woodhouse works across a variety of interactive media, online technologies, live broadcast, and photography with an interest in connectivity and co-operation often involving the people and communities she works within and around. Recent projects have involved working with public billboards, hosting audio-visual raves, developing online broadcasting work and live av performance.
Matt Copson is an artist born in Oxford, so this is something of a homecoming. His primary artistic concerns include (but are not limited to): staving off mortality, polluting the national discourse, replenishing electrolytes, inner conflict on a public scale, animals (rats, birds etc), red, green and blue. Some or all of these will feature in his shed commission.
Melanie will present a work in three parts featuring observations, research and ideas formed during the residency and her experience working at previous Supernormals.
i. Dispersed Assemblage
A site-wide, distributed installation of multiple, small interconnected elements: sculpture, drawing, image and text. Quietly integrated with their surroundings across the site – in the field and trees, and at the edges of the house and outbuildings – these oft-delicate works are set to be stumbled across, with many being open to interaction and change.
ii. Very Short Film Show
A one-off live performance of moving image and sound, featuring a sequence of very short films and sound composed from aural and visual field recordings collected on-site at Braziers Park. Revealing observational vignettes and microscopic studies of the overlooked and unbeknown, the performance will feature footage and sounds collected by Melanie and collaborations with residency artists and invited musicians.
Melanie is a night owl. During the residency she sought out and discovered a delight of hidden nooks and crannies. Join her for late night adventures and unique ‘guided’ tours around the grounds of Braziers Park.
Melanie Clifford works in translation between moving image, sound, drawing, broadcast, material and site, with research interests bridging art and neuroscience. Her work includes silent film and constructing visual scores for variable sound interpretation – soliciting sensitivity to detail, to minor fluctuations and structural disintegrity. She also works directly with sound and its location: performing site-specific sound pieces and recording found sounds and her own slight interventions, to be edited, reconstructed and broadcast.
Her work is exhibited and broadcast internationally, and she co-produces a weekly live improvisational radio test transmission for Resonance 104.4FM, London.
Melanie participated in the very first Supernormal in 2010 with New Work Network’s Occupy project (and accidentally played with the A Band). At SNs2012-14 she played and developed activities with Resonance FM’s Bermuda Triangle Test Transmission Broadcast Engineers, experimenting and improvising with found objects, musicians and sounds around the site and in the Barn. At SN2013 she created a new immersive/reactive sound installation in the Pink Shed for the Women, Art & Sound Programme. At SN2014 she played glass and guitar on stage with Cindytalk and at SN2015 she volunteered.
Their pedigree alone would suggest planet-altering psychedelic destruction, yet the reality outweighs the expectation when it comes to Melting Hand – comprising journeyman six-string-sorcerer Mike Vest alongside Terminal Cheesecake’s Gordon Watson and Russ Smith and Gum Takes Tooth’s Tom Fug, these vortex-voyagers take demented riff science and a skyward disposition and use ’em to lose it in a blizzard of third-eye-massaging mania.
MOONSEER is a live visual and music performance composed by artist and illustrator Connie Prantera as part of her MOON series which includes MOON RA and MOON ROSE. Uniting a group of musicians with her seductive and disquiet visuals the performance tells tales of earthly wonder and ethereal relics to an ecstatic ritualistic climax within the wink of a third eye.
We are one
and have been many
in our many waving lives.
The light of our bodies is the eye
and when our eye is open,
full of light.
Fancy a relaxing way to start the day? Held in the barn on Saturday and Sunday mornings with live acoustic musical accompaniment, Supernormal Nude Life Drawing sessions are for all ages and all abilities and all materials are provided.
Led by illustrator and nude figure painter Benjamin Dickson, these sessions can help to improve your drawing skills and Ben will be on offer to anyone who asks; or if you prefer, just sit back and draw! Our life drawing sessions are also an open space, so if you ever fancied having a go at life modelling yourself, you are welcome to come and try it out!
Yoga guru ‘Moses of Chelsea’ returns via California to get you high by stretching. So let’s get high together.
Also to be seen offering massages over the weekend.
Taking inspiration from the radical aesthetic of experimental filmmakers Len Lye and Ken Jacobs, the playful graphic sensibility of Bruno Munari and the demise of Birmingham’s brutalist architecture, baritone guitar, intense drumming, Cage-inspired prepared piano experiments, field recordings and homemade electronics drive a visual and sonic maelstrom. With a penchant for defunct analogue media the duo explore 16mm film, tape and slide projectors in conjunction with modern digital apparatus to create live, semi-improvised, audio-responsive cinematic experiences.
Mothwasp has been selected by Supersonic as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
The most intimidating and feral rock force ever to hail from Widnes, Mums deal in a fearsome demolition derby of Melvins-style riff worship, balls-to-the-wall rock ballast and an omnipresent sense of humour. No gobs remain unsmacked when this power trio are in the area.
Nathaniel Mann is an artist, performer, composer and sound designer. Performing solo and as one third of Dead Rat Orchestra, he draws strongly on folk idioms whilst using unusual objects (including 2×4, ukulele, guitar, phonofiddle and meat cleaver!) and conventional instruments to create unique and playfully experimental music.
For Supernormal, Nathaniel Mann offers songs and sounds of and for the forest. Find him in a glade, at the gloaming. Field recordings, deconstructed folk and torchlight.
Nathaniel Mann has been selected by Oxford Contemporary Music as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
From the ashes of the defunct/obsolete big-beat combos Astral Social Club and Team Brick rises a new neon choral duo. No musical instruments, just a trip out on the feral power of the male voice and the crackle of human lightning rod, destination not known.
Artist Tom Railton present Next Doör, a series of landworks, or contemporary, ephemeral Geoglyphs at the festival site, resulting from air/sunlight deprivation to photosynthesis.
A series of designs, shapes and sigils reflect aspects of the founding tenets of Braziers Park: creativity, community and radical educational models, from the Mythological Greek allusions of Dorothy Revel to Norman Glaister’s interest in woodcraft and work.
Tom Railton is an artist, born in Coventry and now working in London, combining a multidisciplinary practice with further exploratory making in education and community projects.
In 2015 he completed the Artquest Research Residency at the Foundling Museum, and was previously featured in the inaugural St.Vincent European Art Prize, the Catlin Guide to emerging artists and the Workweek Prize.
Sam Mcloughlin (N.Racker, samandtheplants) and David Chatton Barker (Folklore Tapes) make improvised sound sculpture and perform intuitive conjurations using primarily homemade and adapted equipment.
Using torches, screens, battery amps and a variety of other materials, Sam and David will adapt themselves to the natural environment in an unfolding night performance for people to stumble upon and interact with as they choose.
Nightfall Story Time provides a narrative, audio-visual experience for kids (and adults) after dark. A bit like a bedtime story, but we don’t want to suggest to anyone it is bedtime yet.
As it grows dark, stories from household tales by the brothers Grimm 1812 will be read to include; Falada the Talking Horse, The Golden Goose and Three Little Men in the Wood.
The marquee will become an animated screen for a visual feast through coloured acetates, glass, and three dimensional objects to produce a surreal puppetry response to the narrative using illustrations by Mervyn Peake as a starting point but wildly abstracting in an almost psychedelic fashion, all to the sound of percussive and conventional instruments.
The Noize Choir is a performance ensemble that was formed in 2011 by Newcastle based artists Lindsay Duncanson and Marek Gabrysch. It involves a loose collective of noise enthusiasts with a common desire to use the human voice free of the traditional restraints of typical choral settings, language or musical notation. Their work is based on a shared fascination with science, culture and landscape. They indulge in phenomenological explorations of museum collections, or imaginings of our geological past. Replicating and experimenting with the sound of machines or the natural world, Noize Choir continually find ways to push and pull the idea of what a choir can be.
Noize Choir have composed and performed in French churches and on Austrian radio, at the Baltic Centre for contemporary arts, The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and the Grade II listed Preston Bus station.
Join them at Supernormal for a choir session with resulting performance.
NORMIL HAWAIIANS have always operated as a collective of musicians rather than a band per se and for their third album, ‘Return Of The Ranters’, the group comprised of Guy Smith, Simon Marchant, Alun ‘Wilf’ Williams, Noel Blanden and Jimmy Miller. Recorded at Dave Anderson’s Foel studio in Wales (sonic home of Amon Düül II and Hawkwind) in the Winter of 1985, a time and a place triangulated from political, social and geographical aspects, the album extended their free experiments in compelling arrhythmia and seemingly organised sound, taking a loose trajectory from their previous albums and earlier, more confrontational approach.
Lucid, candid, politically engaged, rarely metronomic but always humane, tired but still fighting, Normil Hawaiians’ have waited patiently for thirty years. ‘Return of The Ranters’ was not released back in 1985 as with Guy, Jimmy and Wilf living in squatting communities in South London, and Simon and Noel re-locating their families to rural Kent – the Family Hawaii splintered and went its separate ways. In the intervening years, the band’s reputation has grown considerably, far beyond the UK. With vast clouds of atmosphere, tape loops, found percussion, exalted synths and walls of guitar ambience, Normil Hawaiians sound more at home today.
They have been selected by Upset The Rhythm (London) as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White work at the intersection of art, music and information networks. Open Music Archive is their ongoing project to distribute out-of-copyright archive material and to spark collaborative activity through exhibitions, films and live events.
Eileen and Ben will be giving a presentation in the new Vortex space that presents a new audio work commissioned for Kaleidoscope, at Modern Art Oxford, as part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations, alongside recent Open Music Archive projects.
Open Music Archive have been selected by Modern Art Oxford as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
Grounded in sculptural performance, Pester and Rossi create live works that explore social behaviour and interaction, often employing outlandish DIY costumes, props, visual puns, irony, bawdiness and satire to to challenge conventional perceptions of the everyday.
They explore the duality between their bodies, as objects, and their relationships with/to a particular site, often building temporary structures and wearable sculpture, that they must negotiate within; setting themselves boundaries and limitations with regards to the body, sexuality, social norms and rituals.
As well as being part of the Artist Shed Commissions, the duo will be running a costume making workshop during the weekend, plus look out for a special one-off performance from Fallopé & the Tubes…
Find Pester and Rossi’s Artist Shed Commission and get involved with making outlandish DIY costumes and props with the duo, which may result in potential collective conga around the site…
Plus! Look out for a special one-off performance from Fallopé & the Tubes during the weekend.
The hardy toon terrors have left many a smouldering husk of a venue in their wake in the last couple of years, delivering feverish and transgressive blasts of psych-drone dementia and riff-driven salvation that summon an almighty primal charge in all they survey. Indeed, these psychic omnivores will consume a total of seven times almost anything you put them into contact with.
Rattle focus almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown (also of Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (also of Fists), Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies.
Rattle have been selected by Upset The Rhythm (London) as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
Image by Simon Parfrement.
During the residency Rebecca Lennon conducted a number of interviews with community members. For Supernormal she will present a new fictional narrative / text video based around the history and philosophy of Braziers Park and the School of Integrative Social Research.
Working with video, text, sound and performance, Rebecca Lennon brings together the cinematic with the mundane, the spiritual with the bureaucratic. Exotic desire, cartoon violence, debt, history and domestic fetishism are combined in absurd and psychotic montage spectacles, narratives that fold in on themselves and instructional texts that implicate the viewer.
Image: THE DESERT, 2016
Safehouse Collective’s improvisation night has been running in Brighton for over ten years. The format they have used from day one is simple – four names are drawn from a hat and a ten minute-or-so improvisation ensues – but it throws up such endlessly intriguing results that they have stuck with it!
Last year’s session at the Barn was a spirited affair so they’re back again for more. There will be percussion, and drum kit and electronics set up to be played, but do bring along your own instruments if you can – the more variety of sounds the better. Amps are provided.
There are a few rules to note: adjust your volume to that of the quietest instrument in the quartet; only play when your name is drawn; treat borrowed instruments with respect. The most important rule though is to not know what you are going to do until you start doing it.
Sam Belinfante is an artist based in London whose practice explores audio-visual technologies and their corresponding modes of thought. Belinfante recently completed a three-month residency at Camden Arts Centre to ‘unpick the relationships between the choreography of sound, language and technology’.
Belinfante’s research moves between sound, music and gesture, the choreography of the sensory experience and language and gesture within the choral tradition. Upon culmination of the residency and as a way of ‘working through’ the accumulated research and audio-visual material, Belinfante invited acclaimed percussionist Mark Sanders to respond to a series of signals, both voluntarily and involuntarily, within an installation of sound, looping gestures and moving image created by the artist.
In the context of Supernormal, Belinfante and Sanders will reconfigure the performance within the festival’s unique spaces contributing further to the project’s growing set of convolutions.
Image: Postscript: Sam Belinfante: On the One Hand and the Other, Camden Arts Centre, 2016. Photo: Hydar Dewachi.
For Supernormal, electroacoustic musician Sam Weaver and visual artist Rachel Goodyear will perform a live music and visual art experience that has developed directly from ‘A Line Fractured into a Thousand Aberrations’, the 4th Samarbeta music residency they originally collaborated on at Islington Mill in July-August 2015.
For Samarbeta 4, Sam Weaver invited national and international musicians to take part in ‘A Line Fractures into a Thousand Aberrations’, a residency with collaboration and improvisation at its core. Beginning with a skeletal framework of scores, markers and directions, Weaver set off a collaborative relay while Goodyear interpreted these directions into artworks of drawings, painting and collage, from which the musicians read and transformed into music. Each stage offered openness for all involved to open up a dialogue into alternative ways of transferring visual into aural.
Sam Weaver and Rachel Goodyear have been selected by Islington Mill / Fat Out as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
Supernormal Super Sensory Summer School make a typically awe-inspiring return in what can only be described as a ‘Wood Henge’ structure, with everything from ‘post-human’ discourses to Kibbo Kift inspired ceremonial design and craft on offer to get involved in. Join SSSSSS on the field at ‘Woodhenge’ for further Super Sensory workshops, talks and seminars including: thinking beyond the ‘human’, Spirit names and guides, ‘posthuman’ dis-courses, Playing with masks, exploring song & collective consciousness, Kibbo kift inspired design and making, mimicking the ‘natural’, ‘Prehistoric’ mind/thinking and SciFi adven-turers inspiring new worlds. SSSSSS will be joined by special guests Plastique Fantastique, AAS, Annebella Pollen, and more TBA.
The Jug Choir explores the materiality of object and sound drawing on a rich history of jugs being used as musical instruments, from country blues jug bands to the psychedelic rock of the 13th Floor Elevators. Each ceramic vessel bears the face of a bearded man, referencing Bellermine Jugs of the 16th century that were used as common household objects. During the Witch Hunts of the 17th Century these jugs were transformed into ‘Witches Bottles’, a form of sympathetic magic used to ward off evil. A kind of voodoo ensued as the body of the male vessel was filled with urine, bent nails and votive cloth hearts, hoping to cause pain to any ‘witch’ that posed a threat. The Jug Choir uses the ‘Witches Bottles’ as a vehicle to explore notions of gender and hysteria through the lens of war. This insurgent army’s sonic journey considers how ritual is embedded in acts of violence.
Serena Korda works through large-scale ensemble performances, film and sculpture to examine the secret life of objects and our latent desire to find pleasure in fear. Underpinning her practice is a search to find and highlight ritual in the everyday developed through encounters, conversations and the researching of abandoned histories. Audiences are often encouraged to participate at some point in her process creating collective experiences that often focus on the forgotten and overlooked.
Serena Korda has been selected by G39 as part of the City Partners Programme 2016-17.
After a bit of a hiatus while his real-life name-sake Henry Collins explored other musical journeys, Shitmat returns for a rare appearance at Supernormal.
For years Shitmat has been twisting hardcore, jungle and more into some of Britain’s most fractured music, his albums finding a home on Planet Mu and similar labels. His 2012 project Mash Hits represents, in his own words, a re-imagination of “the entire history of chart music through remixing, bastardizing and reconstructing it.” With the UK singles chart 60 years old on November 14 2012, Shitmat uploaded a series of tracks that, once the whole project is done, promises to feature music from every single UK number one in that time – 1209 songs in total, of which Shitmat has already used 960 – with “no other samples, synths or sound sources allowed at all.”
France’s Delphine Dora and England’s Sophie Cooper have both been making music individually over the past decade and have come together for this unique collaboration using piano, trombone and wordless vocals. Last year they released an album called Distance Future on the Yorkshire based “Was ist Das?” label and it appeared on both The Quietus and Pitchfork’s end of year lists.
Their album DISTANCE FUTURE is their first collaboration from the highlights of a very creative session in the setting of Todmorden Unitarian Church and they also both appeared separately on Richard Moult’s album “Last Night I Dreamt of
Hibrihteselle”. Sophie and Delphine are caught here carrying out primal improvisations utilising
the profound acoustics of this historic chapel.
Separated by Lancashire-West Yorkshire boundary, Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley have recently embarked on a new distance duo for performance at this year’s Supernormal Festival. A release is also in the works as a result of this project.
Julian Bradley is a founder member of Vibracathedral Orchestra, solo as The Piss Superstition, in Never Rad with Luke Poot, and a past member of The Negative Kite. His sound has been described as intricate electronic calligraphy produced by malfunctioning effects units, tapes and guitar.
In collaboration with Sophie Cooper, a musician interested in reimagining the conventions of song writing through incorporation of drones, weird noises and alternative vocal approaches, the duo have created a series of pieces where fuzztone and feedback patterns pulsate, sweet vocal lines play with repetition and a sense of maximalism is achieved.
SoundHoppers sessions encourage children to engage in a deep listening experience through a nuanced and sensitive approach. Various engaging listening exercises are used as a playful means to explore various aspects of sound – be it proximity (i.e. how far or close a sound is), timbre (i.e. the tonality and type of sound), or volume (i.e. how loud or quiet a sound is). Children will be encouraged to explore and play with specially constructed “Sound boxes” – resonant chambers containing everyday objects that can be used to create an infinite variety of sounds.
SoundHoppers is facilitated by Wajid Yaseen and Helen Frosi (SoundFjord), an artist and curator duo both specialising in sound art and musical practices, who are passionate about creative engagement and education through sound and play.
A mind cleaning space
A place where the word “application” is forbidden
No more deadlines
Fight capitalism, do nothing
Be a Superhero, do nothing
Are you tired of the pressure of always having to do something?
At the ‘Do Nothing Club’ we do time differently
Spike Associate members Alessio Mazzaro and Fiona Winning create a space in the woods where people can join them to become somebody else and gain superpowers to do nothing as an antidote to hyper productivity, away from the constraints of relentless working, networking and writing endless applications.
Spike Associates is a membership network of artists, writers, curators, designers and other creative practitioners. Built on a culture of collaboration and experimentation, the group offers a dynamic context for the development of individual practices by facilitating new connections, hosting critical discussions and supporting ambitious projects.
Big Sounds for Little People!!
Supersonic Festival wants to inspire audiences and musicians of the future through their Kids Gigs programme.
Previous Supernormal kids gigs were hosted by Woven Skull and Flamingods, and this years band will be announced soon!
Expect awe-ridden youngsters and bemused parents as the little ones are introduced to experimental music with disco-dancing interludes.
Over the last decade, Tasos Stamou has developed a unique style of live electroacoustic composition. Long, continuous pieces crafted live on stage from a formidable arsenal of zither, reeds, recorders, modular synthesizers, loopers, handmade electronics and more.
Hailing from Forth Worth Texas, The Cush are exponents of a widescreen sweep of sound that alternately offers succour to the weary and haunts the dreams. Languid and duskily charismatic, these atmospheric serenades nod to thepsychedelia of their Texan tradition, the torch songs of country and the heat-haze of shoe gaze, whilst maintaining a mystical magnetism all this band’s own. New Magic In A Dusty World.
Bonding over a love for the krautrock of the ’70s and a far-reaching experimental mindset, The Early Years arrived from East London in the mid-noughties, and their career thus far has seen only one album of motorik magnificence amidst hiatuses aplenty. Yet now they’re apparently back for good, with a new album in the pipeline that seems set to re-establishes them as one of the nation’s foremost exponents of head-spinning repetition and heavy-lidded cool.
We’re delighted to welcome the Dutch iconoclastic institution The Ex to Braziers Park this year, especially with their being true keepers of the spirit of adventure, mischief and innovation which we’ve always held as important in the running of this event. A band forged from punk rock, yet existing outside of any convenient pigeonholing, their minimal approach, no-barriers opposition to any for of orthodoxy and DIY ethos are an endless wellspring of inspiration, and we can’t wait to see them set fire to the place as only they know how.
“An Ex show is a shared experience, they take the audience on a musical adventure to places no one has been before. They are the most interesting musical unit in the world today…Go and see the Ex and you will hear rhythms you have never heard before…a sweaty seething party, an uplifting, joyful celebration. They have brilliantly proved that playing music with this sense of wild-eyed fun and radical political edge and this adherence to all that was good and great about the positive politic of the punk and post punk period can actually fucking work” – The Quietus
Combining the contexts of a summer music festival and a country park, The Neighbours are Bats uses recordings made using a bat detector to imagine a ‘bat band’, in which five common British bat species become five band members. Echolocation calls are freed from the task of catching insects and the calls of each species are built into instruments that can be played in a jam session.
With guidance from resident bats, audiences are invited to don a bat costume and join in a jam session. With bat calls’ resemblance to synth sounds, from percussive and rhythmic to trilling and bleeping, a noisy and multi-layered soundscape is created, varying and evolving as participants come and go.
Inside the Shed: ‘How We Communicate’ an installation by Simon Blackmore
Simon Blackmore makes performative sculptures and installations using sound and custom-made technology. He is also a founding member of the art group Owl Project. Known for their distinctive range of wooden musical and sculptural instruments.
For Supernormal Simon will show a new sound installation called “How we Communicate”. Developed at Eastville Project Space in collaboration with local singers, the work explores using human voice to transmit digital information across the Pink Shed.The work utilises directional speakers, parabolic microphones and displays to mimic how computers send and receive information.
Afternoon Workshops and Talks
Confirmed so far:
Talk: Tim Hill presents ‘The Island of Noise (an anti-lecture)- exploring the British love of noise, how we use it in celebration and ritual and some of the roots of modern noise making.
Workshop: family noise workshops/carnival, with songs and chants about noise, junk instruments kazoos etc
More to be announced shortly …..
Afternoon/Evening Collaborative Performances
Eastville will be hosting an intimate performance space around the Pink Shed, encouraging collaboration and additional performances from various artists appearing at this years Supernormal. More details to follow – final running order and artists will be announced throughout the festival.
Evening Film/Moving Image Events:
After dark – the Pink Shed will become an intimate venue for film screenings/performances. Full program to follow …
Morning Therapy Sessions – The ASMR Parlour
Enter the ASMR Parlour and experience an ear-tingling pleasure of your choice. The perfect way to relax and rejuvenate tired ears. Our treatments are delivered on an individual basis, giving you an intimate, tailored ASMR experience that will excite your receptors and relax your mind.
Professional micro-rummagers Henry and Robin are trained in the delicate art of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response therapy. Select from a range of YouTube’s favourite ASMR triggers, or we will endeavour to work with you to deliver your dream bespoke treatment.
Find out what makes us the number one choice in live ASMR therapy today.
Eastville Project Space is an independent art space in Yeovil, Somerset – providing a creative hub for collaboration, where artists, musicians, designers and hackers can develop and produce innovative projects. Their programme includes commissions, residencies, events and workshops.
The Rebel is an artist, musician and poet based in London whose unique performances present his incredible talent for humorous, meaningful and provocative wordplay. He has cranked out albums since 1989 and has worked in many guises including the frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the band Country Teasers, a Scottish art punk band formed in 1993. A recent appearance as part of Dan Mitchell’s exhibition “Alcoholism” at Celine Gallery in Glasgow saw The Rebel suspended in mid-air to perform the entirety of Anti, the new album by Rihanna and Pink Floyd’s the final cut, the seventies monster-Rock band’s hilarious last album before an acrimonious split saw the monstrous rock outfit lumbering off in separate directions. Rihanna on the other hand goes from strength to strength, building on the wicked opening-closing hi-hat sound on “Umbrella” to fulfill the unique promise of this astonishing Barbadian, whose formative years were in fact spent on the boardwalk empires of Manchester Piccadilly, if you can believe that!…
In honour of The Pig and The Dirtpipe – as created during the residency – Sam Underwood and Sam Cook have been working together (remotely) following the residency and in the run up to Supernormal to build a selection of weird and wonderful musical instruments that will tour the festival site with a series of impromptu performances; recruiting extra members as necessary.
Mr.Underwood is a musician, sound artist and instrument designer. As well as being a music producer and live performer Mr.Underwood is often found working on a variety of leftfield projects, from setting up elaborate field recordings, to building obscure mechanical musical instruments. He has an almost unhealthy fascination with sound, often being distracted by a squeaky shoe or the sound of the ventilation system when he should be concentrating on something else. Mr.Underwood also can’t help but twist the uses of objects, to find new ways of creating sound and interfaces with instruments and technology. A hacker at heart. He can be found popping up in various guises at gigs, events and lectures.
Sam Cook studied in London but soon became bored and deflated by the city and the on-going brutal and rapid gentrification of important cultural communities. He moved to Glasgow to study at the Art School in 2014 and has since been brewing beer at his South-side flat, cooking and sharing food amongst others and dragging unwanted matter across the city. His work explores the synthesis between social and environmental sustainability and manifests in multiple forms including collective activity, installation and sculpture.
This Place I Found is a workshop to introduce people to mindful, observational and non-judgemental writing. Participants will to go off around the site of Braziers Park armed only with paper and pen to write short texts in a location of their choice, to review, notice and observe ones surroundings to encourage a sense of being in a place just as it is.
Deploying a fearlessly experimental, improvisatory onslaught of abstract electronica and propulsive rhythmic drive, Tomaga’s eerie analogue chills hark back to the ghosts of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, whilst drum tattoos engage with an intensity and invention of Jaki Liebezeit proportions. In an era in which all too many contemporary combos seem to equate a krautrock influence with yet another trip down the motorik Tomaga are possessed of a sonic brinksmanship and questing nature far closer to West Berlin’s original spirit.
A KIDS KINO PROJECT to get young ones and elders together and pow wow.
The Cube’s KKP has taken cinema experiences to Haiti, Nepal and Dunkirk in a humanitarian response to earthquakes and major civic disruptions. Over the festival we going to do some thinking, talking, filming and remote viewing.
How does film help restore some goodwill? Can KKP make cultural exchanges when people are fighting to surivive? Why do kids worldwide love ‘The Red Ballon’….and how do you make a cinema? Over a series of playful sessions KKP explores what the hell we can do together as we look under the cine-skin.
Saturday – 10am – Midday / BRAINSTORMING
Kids, please roll up and into action. This morning we get the KKP projector and soundsystem whirring, showing clips from KKP projects, short films and have a think tank. Today we can decide on future KKP projects and discuss the merits of Chaplin, cartoons and non-verbal cinema amongst other tricks of the light.
Saturday – 5.30pm / no LIGHTS, some CAMERAS, lots of ACTION (meet at Vortex)
Welcome, actors, directors, dancers and acrobats…we going make a KKP film in MASKS. So cover your faces and come along. ALL welcome.
Sunday – 4pm / INTO THE WOODS (meet at Vortex)
Build your own micro-cinema. Join the KKP team to build a cinema in the woods, then watch the films made over the festival plus a special screening.
Turtle Yama were formed in 2015 by performance artist and guitarist Yuko Kureyama (formerly of ‘Water Fai’) and electronic keyboard player Nahoko Kamei (formerly played with Urichipangoon). Their new collaborative project Turtle Yama combines both artists talents through electronica, tape loops and improvised keyboard weaving incongruous stories together to surprise and intrigue. This will be Turtle Yama’s debut performance in the UK, and the first chance for audiences to experience their truly innovative music within a rural Oxfordshire setting.
This performance is supported by funding from Sasakawa Foundation.
A new collaborative performance between Yoshino Shigihara (Yama Warashi) and Turtle Yama.
UK based Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara’s (formerly of Zun Zun Egui)new solo project Yama Warashi is inspired by Japanese folk dance music, Bon Odori(盆踊り), free jazz and African music with electric psychedelia. Yoshino sings partially in her mother tongue about mycelium, nuclear power and broken O.Yama Warashi (山童).
Turtle Yama was formed in 2015 by performance artist and guitarist Yuko Kureyama (formerly of ‘Water Fai’) and electronic keyboard player Nahoko Kamei (formerly played with Urichipangoon). Their new collaborative project Turtle Yama combines both artists talents through electronica, tape loops and improvised keyboard weaving incongruous stories together to surprise and intrigue. This will be Turtle Yama’s debut performance in the UK.
This performance is supported with funding from Sasakawa Foundation.
Tut Vu Vu are Matthew Black, Jamie Bolland and Raydale Dower. They released their self-titled 12″ vinyl debut album on VaVa Records April 2015.
Drawing on a wide range of influences and defying easy categorisation, they have incorrectly been referred to as: ‘musique concrète’, ‘arguably the best band in Glasgow’,‘vaguely jazz based rhythm with a wayward electronic disposition’ or ‘the love child of David Lynch and Anaïs Nin’…
Kaleidoscopic voyagers from London via the cosmos, Vanishing Twin (formerly known as Orlando) deal in euphoric groove, radiant melody and exotic altered states. In the hallucinogenic world of these five, the beguiling strains of Broadcast collide with the incandescent swagger of Sly & The Family Stone, whilst the soundworld of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop looks on.
Vibracathedral Orchestra have been kicking out the jams in a variety of forms since the late 1990s. They specialise in long-form improvisation, often built around drones and extended rhythmic workouts. Typically, their instrumentation comprises a wide variety of string, wind, electronic and percussive elements – truly orchestral, but heavy on ramshackle homebrewed punk expediency. Commentators have compared their sound variously to krautrock, folk, free jazz, early music, noise and The Velvet Underground, and while there may be some truth in some of these comparisons, their sound and methods are entirely their own. The current line-up comprises long-time members Adam Davenport, Bridget Hayden, John Godbert, Julian Bradley, Michael Flower and Neil Campbell. Playing live infrequently these days, their Supernormal set will be a rare chance to catch them in their full-blown long-ass natural glory.
Wales Artist Resource Programme (WARP) is based in G39 art space in Cardiff and provides professional development resources, mentoring and guidance for artists. The space serves as a drop-in centre and library for artists through an ongoing programme of peer-to-peer and one-to-one sessions giving artists the opportunity to talk about their practice with gallery staff, and offers seminars and artist talks about different modes of contemporary practice.
WARP members have been invited to attend Supernormal to collectively and individually respond to the arts, projects and activities programme.
A heroic combination of folk-tinged heraldry, twin-guitar harmony magic and NWOBHM-inspired exuberance, Wytch Hazel inhabit a mystical realm entirely of their own creation. This Lancastrian four-piece’s style is inspired not only by the mighty clangour of Wishbone Ash and Thin Lizzy, but the sacred medieval influences of David Munrow’s Early Music Consort Of London, resulting in a band truly out of time and ready to blow minds in singular and effortlessly refreshing fashion.
Formerly of Bristol-based outfit Zun Zun Egui, Yoshino Shigihara hereby embarks on Yama Warashi (山童). a solo project, inspired by Japanese folk dance music, Bon Odori(盆踊り), free jazz and African music with electric psychedelia. Yoshino sings partially in her mother tongue about mycelium, nuclear power and broken O.
The Young Women’s Music Project (YWMP) is an educational charity that offers free music workshops for women aged 14-21, which provide an inclusive and supportive space for young women to make music together, learn new skills, express themselves, and grow in confidence.
People experience the world we live in in different ways. Understanding this is key to knowing the difficulties faced by the marginalised in society. By empowering those whose voices are not usually heard, we can start to make a change. The young women of YWMP will respond to Supernormal and draw on their own personal experiences to create a wall of images inspired by the festival around them and what it means to them.
Taking place from a Pink Milk Float, [Super] Common Press is an open-printing-press dedicated to producing music ephemera for the festival and beyond. Bootleg cassette inlays, lyric booklets, posters announcing gigs of the day (planned or impromptu), artwork for newly formed bands, LP fanzine inserts, poetry/zines/manifestos…… Destroy your idols.
Open to all, they will provide free access, teaching and assistance to those interested in printmaking/printing for a sound-cause. Featuring woodblocks, linocuts, stencils, risograph printing and soya ink.
Richard Lawrence is Printmaker and printer with 30 years of experience. Based in Oxford, former workplaces include Oxford University Press and Bath Artists’ Studios (formerly Widcombe Studios.
Dario Utreras is book designer and printer based in Oxford, founder of Commonbook(s) – a design and printing alliance for local and social causes (common press) and a publishing press of artists books from Latin America (acacias).
Antonia Stringer is an Illustrator and printer. Based in London, independent publisher of own comics and visual essays. Studio member of Hato Press, a risograph printing house.
Special projects will also happen onsite by:
Ian Heames (Face Press)
Eleanor Von Brown (X Marks the Bokship)