Active Crossover

Where: Arnolfini Dark Studio, Narrow Quay, bs1 4qa

When: 26 September 2009 12:00pm to 18 October 2009 11:00pm

Simon Whetham: Active Crossover

Arnolfini Dark Studio

1st-18th October 2009

A sound installation utilizing two sonic chambers, but allowing for controlled sound-bleed between spaces, it features an immersive composition created while Simon was artist-in-residence at the Art Container in Tallinn, Estonia, juxtaposed with pieces by artists Simon collaborated, performed and worked with during the residency. The opening night of the exhibition will feature performances from John Grzinich (Est), Maksim Shentelev (Lat), Jez Riley French (UK) and Simon himself.

To coincide with the exhibition John and Simon will also run listening and recording workshops.

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Event info:

Thursday 1st October 2009

Active Crossover – John Grzinich, Jez riley French, Maksim Shentelev, Simon Whetham

Arnolfini Dark Studio

16 Narrow Quay



7pm – £5.00

Artists composing with environmental sound recordings

Sunday 18th October 2009

Active Crossover – Iris Garrelfs, Douglas Benford (aka si-cut.db) plus special guests tbc

Arnolfini Dark Studio

16 Narrow Quay



8pm – £7.00

Leftfield electronic and experimental music

workshop info:

Workshop 1 – Bristol Sound Locations

Sound Workshop on listening and participatory activity

26th-27th September 2009 – 12pm-5pm – £10

This workshop aims to engage the participants in a series of exercises that look at the relationship between sound, space and human perception. The workshop starts with the concept of site-specific artistic activity while integrating contemporary sound recording practices that cover areas of ???performance???, ???field recording??? and ???improvisation???. With the site being the prime focus, the artist as actor and instigator uses the means of sound to investigate the qualities of of the surrounding space and his or place in it.

Workshop led by:

John Grzinich has had over 15 years experience in working with the sound medium in experimental music, field recording, composition, performance, installation and workshop settings. His composition have been published on a number of international record labels. He has performed and toured throughout Europe and the US. He is currently a media lab coordinator and program coordinator at MOKS – Center for Art and Social Practice in Southeast Estonia.

Maksims Shentelevs is an architect, instrument maker and active phonographer based in Riga Latvia. He works primarily with the spontaneous music collective Bernu Rits and has released his field recordings on the German based Greunerecorder label. Together with John Grzinich and Patrick McGinley they have led numerous sound workshops, projects and events that forms a body of unique participatory activity both with collaborating artists and the audiences they work with.

Examples of workshops:

Workshop registration:

Workshop 2 – Active listening and Field Recording

10th-11th October 2009 – 12pm-5pm – £10

An introduction to deeper listening and field recording, plus Simon will present work, methods and equipment ??? which include digital recorders by Edirol and Zoom, an extremely directional Sennheiser microphone, contact microphones build by Jez riley French that detect sound through surfaces and an Aquarian hydrophone that records sounds under water.

There will be a presentation of Tallinn sounds captured during Simon’s residency.

Participants will go on a short walk while blindfolded, experiencing the sounds of the city without visual distractions, to realise how complex the sound environment is.

Groups will be limited to ten participants.

Workshop led by:

Simon Whetham has both performed extensively and had his work presented in many galleries in the UK and in Europe. His sound compositions have been released through a number of specialist record labels, such as 1000fussler, Trente Oiseaux, Entr’acte, Gruenrekorder, Con-V and Lens Records, with forthcoming releases from And/OAR and Mystery Sea.

Example of previous workshop:

Workshop registration:

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please let me know if you require any more info!

best regards,


Simon Whetham

Entry Cost: FREE

Posted by: simon whetham | 05-09-2009

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