Discarded : Douglas Benford [PAST]

Live Performance :

16th July 2022 Saturday 6-7pm

£5 per ticket | 10 places only. Please email divfuse@gmail.com for ticketing and bank transfer details.

Douglas Benford plays various idiosyncratic instruments, objects and toys accompanying a soundscape created from household debris, objects and including autotuned vocal snippets. Spacious audio collisions of the human and the found, and the discarded.

Douglas Benford, composer and sound artist, has been involved in various audio genres and monikers since the late 1980s, performing at institutions in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA, The Vortex), festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale) and has had installation work in numerous UK galleries (London, Swansea, Stroud and Essex). His pieces and performances have been aired on the radio internationally, and regularly on BBC Radio 3’s Freeness programme and on Resonance FM.

Svalbard Soundtracks : Mute Frequencies [PAST]

Sound Exhibition:

29 July 2022 Friday 6-9pm. Talk by Andrei Rogatchevski, Professor of Russian Culture at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Trømso will be on at 7pm.

30 & 31 July Saturday & Sunday 2:30-6:30pm

Duration : 38 minutes. Free Entry

Svalbard Soundtracks (2019 – 2022) is the collective name for three new soundscape works inspired by documentaries about the titular Norwegian archipelago: A Trip To Svalbard (1930, Norway), Spitsbergen (1958, Poland), and Further North, There Is Only the North Pole (1976, USSR). 

These new scores evoke the sublime beauty of the archipelago’s landscape, flora and fauna, while at the same time highlighting the human presence on the islands. Svalbard’s geographical location and natural resources (e.g. fishing and coal mining) have contributed to its unusual political status, codified in the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) Treaty of 1920. As the Arctic climate shifts, Mute Frequencies asks how these environmental changes will affect the interrelationships of the world’s northernmost inhabitants.

Andrei Rogatchevski, Professor of Russian Culture at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Trømso will introduce and contextualise the soundtracks in his talk ‘Svalbard on the Multinational Screen’ (29 July 7pm).

Wartime in Discovery Park : Caroline Kraabel [PAST]

Sound & Visual Exhibition :

6 August 2022 Saturday 2:30 – 5:30pm.

Solo live performance (saxophone) 6 August Saturday 5:30 – 6:30pm | £5 ticket | 10 places only – Please email divfuse@gmail.com for ticketing information.

7 August Sunday 2:30 – 6:30pm.

Running Time for the Exhibition : 12 minutes Total. Free Entry

Wartime in Discovery Park (2022)

Driving, talking. Conversing. Listening, but only casually. We make a daily trip to the park together.

Discovery Park. Home to cougars, coyotes, bald eagles, grey seals… rabbits… bold birds… quotidian communion.

Sky, sea, streets, trees. War in Ukraine. The very familiar sound of a voice, of mother tongues.

Two voices, each using two languages, each replicated with saxophone sound.

Taking A Life For A Walk x48 (2002 – 2006)

This audio piece consists of 48 live recordings of Kraabel’s weekly Resonance 104.4FM radio series, which ran from Jan 2002 to autumn 2006.

For each half-hour of live radio, Kraabel walked through the streets (usually of London) pushing her infant child in a pushchair while playing the saxophone (one-handed) along with all the ambient sounds and differing acoustics. She also invited listeners to create live audio feedback by phoning her in telephone boxes and holding their phones to their radios.

This audio piece uses 48 recordings of the live Taking A Life For A Walks, and differentiates them from the liveness of the original TALFAW by combining them so that we hear them all simultaneously.

The Silent Improviser : Livia Garcia x Steve Beresford [PAST]

Exhibition & Live Performance:

12th August 2022 Friday 7-8pm

£5 per ticket | 10 places only | Please email divfuse@gmail.com for ticketing information


This event is an exhibition of Livia Garcia’s film scores based on her geometric and line drawings, with Steve Beresford improvising to the visuals by playing with a selection of objects.


Livia Garcia founded Project DIVFUSE in July 2021 and has been curating exhibitions on digital and sound art since. She is a visual artist as well as a civil engineer in the railway. She obtained her MA(Fine Art) from The University of Leeds with a full scholarship that was co-funded by the University and The Arts Development Council of Hong Kong. Garcia’s film scores are often minimalistic that encompass geometries, lines, numbers and alphabets as inspired by engineering draughtsmanship. With her art practice, she has worked with a number of musicians such as the London Improvisers Orchestra, Adam Bohman, Sue Lynch, Caroline Kraabel, Dave Tucker etc.

www.liviagarcia.com |

Venus Smiles : Tabita Cargnel [Current]

Sound Sculpture Exhibition :

1 & 8 October 2022 Saturday 2:30-4pm

2 & 9 October Sunday 2:30-6:30pm

Free Entry

Live Performances :

Session 1 – 30 September Friday 6-6:45pm | Session 2 – 30 September Friday 7-7:45pm

Session 3 – 1 October Saturday 4-4:45pm | Session 4 – 1 October Saturday 5:30-6:15pm

Session 5 – 7 October Friday 6-6:45pm | Session 6 – 7 October Friday 7-7:45pm

Session 7 – 8 October Saturday 4-4:45pm | Session 8 – 8 October Saturday 5:30-6:15pm

£5 | 8 places each session | Please email divfuse@gmail.com for ticketing

The Venus Smiles sculpture at DIVFUSE will display a minor diminished 9 chord materialised in copper tubes which ring like church bells. In the evenings there will be musical performances on the instrument by the inventor Tabita Cargnel and other musicians coming from classical and experimental backgrounds. Also viewers with and without musical education, especially children, are very welcome to play and join the performances as verbally announced before each piece. The resonating copper tube system – a phenomenon called ‘tensegrity’ – can be played by using your hands, a bow, mallets or your voice. People can experience actively, but intuitively, how sound can make us feel and that regardless of their level of musical education they create immersive music that can initiate a somewhat non-judgemental but healing state of mind full of expression and flow.

The first sustainability focused Venus Smiles sculpture was opened to the public in 2021 with a musical premiere in Schwerte, Germany. Its sound is designed to transition from the newly built, sleek and harsh metal sound to a more warmly coated sound of rust and patina. Sound samples, improvisations and musical pieces played on the German Venus Smiles sculpture will be played through the speakers in the daytime of the exhibition days.