Listening and Improvisation : Caroline Kraabel [PAST]

Talk :

27 January 2024 Saturday 2-3:30pm

£5 | 12 places only | Please email for tickets

A talk by experienced improviser Caroline Kraabel

Exploring her own practice, along with a wider view of improvisation and identity: even the world of freely improvised music can be experienced as an enclave that excludes, despite the perceived association of improvisation with limitlessness and freedom.

How do people who improvise feel and think DIFFERENTLY from each other on the subject? How do we avoid or alter any dominance of particular groups over the theory or practice of improvisation? Does the experimental nature of improvisation make it easier for members of élites to shine in the field, because they have more pre-existing socio-cultural capital? Or, does improvisation come more easily for outsiders who are already primed to find alternative paths? How are improvisers affected by their musical and cultural histories? How does a group, maybe a large group, of improvisers negotiate space and time, noise and silence in a musical and just way?

For improvisers who have experienced forms of oppression in music making and/or life, is the aim when making music merely to recapitulate existing power structures, but try to place themselves at the top? Or to create new and fairer structures?

References: Gittin’ To Know Y’all: Improvised Music, Interculturalism, and the Racial Imagination, by George E. Lewis, Columbia University

Naked Intimacy: Eroticism, Improvisation, and Gender, by Ellen Waterman, University of Guelph

Caroline Kraabel is a London-based improviser, saxophonist, artist, conductor, and composer.

In 2022 Kraabel founded a large improvising group made up of all sorts of women, non-binary, and transgender improvisers: ONe_Orchestra New.  (

Unthread : Mute Frequencies [PAST]


18 November 2023 Saturday

Session One : 3pm

Session Two : 5pm

£5 | 8 places only per session | Please email for tickets

Mute Frequencies presents two performances of a work in progress. Unthread is the chance meeting of a sewing machine and contact microphones on a dissecting table. The machine’s sounds are extracted for their rhythmic potential and further augmented by a bank of effects. While the ritualistic gesture of threading and operating the machine raises questions about fast fashion, domesticity and gendered work, the sounds themselves are thrown into focus to reveal the inner life of the mechanism.

Each performance will last approximately 20 minutes. Followed by Q&A.

Mute Frequencies is the sound art project of Ilia Rogatchevski and Laura Rogatchevskaia, both former members of the London post-punk band Sebastian Melmoth. The duo work within the intersections of sound, performance and visual media. They have installed work at various London galleries and performed at festivals including Radio Revolten, Supernormal and Open House. Svalbard Soundtracks, their film score project that premiered at DIVFUSE in 2022, is released by Flaming Pines.

Photo by Jonathan Crabb. Live at TACO! August 2023

flu – flue – flew: Matt Harding [PAST]


7 October 2023 Saturday 6pm [CANCELLED] [Changed to 15 October 2023 Sunday 6pm]

8 October 2023 Sunday 6pm [CANCELLED] [Changed to 15 October 2023 Sunday 6pm]

15 October 2023 Sunday 6pm

£5 | 10 places only per session | Please email for tickets

Two performances and dialogues between seemingly disparate objects and materials, exploring potential and illusory connections . These collections of small sequences and actions use sound, gesture, synchronicity, mark making and projection to create their own expressive language and suggest hidden narratives and structures. 

Materials – Projection – speakers – tennis ball – coin -chalk- metronome – gloves

Using high pitch frequencies along with movement and gesture, these improvisational performances will explore the physicality and musicality of high pitch resonant tones. Integrating recorded and live elements with hand, body and gesture to manipulate and shape the signal. 

Performed initially as part of Perpetual Possibility at Iklectik Arts Lab this next series of performances will continue to explore aspects of physicality, duration, musicality and collaboration

Matt Harding is a musician and artist whose work explores movement, texture and repetition. He has released several albums, scored films and live soundtracks. His audio visual pieces include performative installations and an ongoing series of sound films. He has exhibited and performed at The Freud museum, Cafe Oto, Margate and Ramsgate Festivals, Radiophrenia, Klingt Gut, Hackney Wkd, and The Serpentine Gallery amongst others. He also runs the sound and art platform The Thames Submarine.

Image by Matt Harding

Automated : Diogo Nascimento [PAST]

Audio-Visual Exhibition :

19 August 2023 Saturday Session One : 6pm – 7pm | Session Two : 7pm – 8pm | Session Three : 8pm – 9pm

20 August 2023 Sunday Session Four : 3pm – 4pm | Session Five : 4pm – 5pm | Session Six : 5pm – 6pm

£3 suggested donations to the venue. Please reserve a place through this link:

What does one do when everything they believe in ceases to exist? This concept album presents the listener with this scenario, explored through ambient and industrial soundscapes, spoken poetry and experimental pop tracks. Automated is a reflection of monotonous life, how Western society is currently programmed to be, with most not questioning their existence. This narrative and lore are conveyed through concepts of cycles, time, the meaning of life and the interpretation of one’s reality, with the perception of its characters and stories. The visual elements are essential to the presentation of this project, but at its heart, you will find the musical material. This audio-visual installation means to create a safe space for free interpretation, instigating thought on these philosophical themes, through its abstract imagery and lingering, sombre symbolism.   

The Art of Foley: Walking Assemblages, Messiness and the Auditory X-Ray : Rebecca Glover [PAST]

Exhibition :

21 July Friday 5-7pm

22 July Saturday 2:30 – 5pm

29 July Saturday 2:30 – 5pm

Suggested donations to the space : £2

Demo and Talk :

Session One : 21 July Friday 7pm

Session Two : 22 July Saturday 5pm

Session Three : 29 July Saturday 5pm

£5 | 8 places each session | Please email to reserve a place

Over the past 5 years artist Rebecca Glover has been learning the craft of foley. At DIVFUSE she will present a series of experimental pieces exploring her research in the foley studio. Hunting for the sound-feel of weight, creating walking assemblages, messiness, listening and the infinite adaptability of prop combinations.

Fluid Bodies 4 Performance for Oscillation Festival Brussels. Photo from the artist

Rebecca Glover works across the mediums of sound, foley, sculpture and performance. She creates multisensory experiences that present alternative perspectives for listening and engaging with the world. Recent exhibitions and performances include work shown at Galeria Silvestre (ES), Concert Dispérses (FR), York Art Gallery (UK), with Contrechamps (CH), with Kammer Klang and Abstruckt at Cafe Oto (UK), KIOSK (BE), De Bijloke Muziekcentruum (BE), Yorkshire Silent Film Festival (UK), Pump House Gallery (UK), Overtoon (BE), Gouvernement (BE). Rebecca Glover (b. 1984, London) Lives and works in London. She studied at EPAS in Ghent (2018), Edinburgh College of Art (2009) and St Oswalds School of Painting (2004). | Instagram: @bexlyg

Lines and Light : Lynn Loo [PAST]

A two-day film and sound installation, made for the DIVFUSE exhibition space and a one day 16mm film workshop.


30 June 2023 Friday 5-8:30pm

1 July Saturday 2:30-6:30pm

2 July Sunday 2:30-4pm [Updated additional time]

£2 Suggested Donations


2 July Sunday 3-6:30pm

£25 | 7 places only | Please email for ticketing information (4 places left)


Film Installation – looped 16mm & DV


‘The moving bars of the gates outside DIVFUSE gallery were recorded on video and projected in black & white.

Onto 16mm black film, I scratched long straight lines into the emulsion and made two loops of different lengths. These are laced together through a single 16mm projector.

In the video projection, the interaction of moving and static bars of the gate creates unpredictable phasing patterns.

In the film projection, light penetrates through the two loops inviting chance meetings of the lines. Sometimes light passes through only one scratched line while blocked by the other black film, at other times two scratched lines meet and more light passes through.

The two super-imposed images are never likely to repeat because of the different lengths of the film loops against the duration of the video, also looped.

Together they produce further incidental interactions of lines and light.’

Lynn Loo

The workshop is dedicated to creating visual rhythms and patterned sounds using various techniques by direct application on to 16mm motion picture film. Then explore screening ideas through a live multi-projection session.