30 July Friday 3pm – 7pm [Updates : Steve Beresford will now be performing at 6 and 6:45pm)
31 July Saturday 2pm – 6pm
1 August Sunday 2pm – 6pm
Project DIVFUSE is proud to present our first event which will also mark the official opening of the space to the public.
The Code Keeper is an exhibition that showcases the latest drawings and motion graphic scores by Livia Garcia. Inspired by Cornelius Cardew’s graphic scores and her own experience in engineering draughtsmanship, Garcia has developed a series of line drawings which has subsequently been turned into digital motion videos. The artist is naming her drawings The Silent Improviser to suggest the fact that the way she juxtaposes the lines, symbols, letters and numbers is a form of improvisation. Her drawings connect with the subconscious and seem to be encoded with meanings that can only be unlocked and deciphered by the Code Keeper. Most of the graphic scores that are shown in this exhibition were created during the lockdowns.
Opening : 20 August Friday 5pm – 8pm (RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 20 August)
21 August Saturday & 22 August Sunday 2pm – 6pm
27 August Friday 3pm – 7pm
28 August Saturday & 29 August Sunday 2pm – 6pm
Echo Chamber is a multichannel sound installation that explores the notions of routine and domesticity in times of pandemic. Composed from field recordings created during lockdown walkabouts and the performance of humdrum activities, the work interrogates the role that repetition plays in our everyday lives.
The sound pieces are accompanied by a series of drawings. These works were created in parallel to the recordings and act as a visual anchor to the sound installation. Made with basic materials such as children’s crayons, the drawings depict, in part, portraits of the couple’s daughter, and aim to evoke a sense of the familial by employing everyday pictorial language.
Echo Chamber is the first exhibition in the Intro : spect series under Project DivFuse, where selected artists are invited to showcase their media-based work on site as a checkpoint of their long term artistic development.
8 October Friday 7-8pm. RSVP by emailing email@example.com. 10 seats only. [Cancelled. Updated 7 October]
7-8 October Thursday & Friday 3-7pm
9-10 October Saturday & Sunday 2-6pm
A 16 mm film by Marisol Malatesta (Perú) and Tom Richards (UK), 2016. Running time : 8 minutes
Macao (New Centre of the arts, culture and research), a squad based in an old slaughterhouse from early XX’s building in Milan, became the frame for the recording of the film A Lick and a Promise. Macao’s decadent, almost ghostly atmosphere also contains a great deal of grandiose monumental architecture and design, which set an ideal structure for the film. Thus, the space became a place for constant play.
The idea of the film is conceived in a discussion around the structures and nonsensical relations involved in Malatesta’s art works. Through simple forms derived from modernist abstraction and design, the artist builds figurative images that construct playful but also enigmatic characters.
In the film Malatesta’s ‘paintings’ become the characters.
Simple actions in the film are all shot to a tempo (click track) which then coordinates with a rhythmic and repetitive soundtrack by Richards, encompassing both Foley and score intermingled. Richards has a long held interest in the ritual music of shamanic trance, and the obvious parallels with 20th century minimal music as well as dance music and rave culture. These influences are reflected in his musical output of the film, which creates a dark ritualistic atmosphere with a hint of humor.
22 October Friday 5 – 8pm [Live music by Susanna Ferrar (Violin) at 6pm & 7pm]
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
23 October Saturday 2 – 6pm [Live music by Neil Metcalfe (Flute) at 4pm & 5pm]
24 October Sunday 2 – 6pm [Live music by Susanna Ferrar (Violin) at 4pm & 5pm]
Project DIVFUSE is proud to be presenting When Sculpture Meets Music, a solo show by sculptor Martin Harrison (b. 1945). This is the first event under our Non Linear series, which is a small window for exhibiting non-media based work in our media art pod.
‘I am Martin Harrison. I live in SE London. I describe myself as a sculptor, visual artist and an occasional performing artist/musician in experimental art events. Creating art is a compulsion for me. Without art I could not thrive. Essentially I create art for myself.
When I am constructing an object I usually find that it takes on a life of its own. Before I commence I experiment with all aspects ie materials, form and size. I work by making formers out of paper or other materials. This enables me to make several versions of the same thing. Then I either methodically layer paper over the former, which can then be painted, or I put pulped paper over it which can result in a rougher surface. If I want a smooth surface I use polyfilla. My work is very time-consuming.
My work is influenced by William Blake, John Cage, Wassily Kandinsky, Henry Moore, Carl Jung and Buddhist thoughts. My favourite classical sculptor is Gian Lorenzo Bernini and favourite classical composer is Henry Purcell.’
***Due to unforeseen circumstances, the exhibition will not be on 13 November Saturday as planned.***
The dates have now been changed to 14 November Sunday & 20 November Saturday 3-7pm (Performance by the artist will be on throughout the exhibition on 20 November. Visitors can stay for as long as they wish before the event closes.) [Updated 17/11/2021]
Selected films 2016 – 2021
An ongoing series of film vignettes exploring the dynamics of sound for image and image for sound. Using objects, repetition and texture with themes of ephemerality, juxtaposed they are seemingly inter connected works made from separate yet exchangeable elements. Often created as a counterpoint to musical composition, each film possesses an inherent musicality where sound and image take turns to lead or be led in composition and tone.
The film vignettes will be presented simultaneously as a number of projections within the space of Project DIVFUSE.
Matt Harding (UK) will also perform two live sets interacting with the works as another element and active layer within the installation.