A Ghost Pond Emerges : Action Pyramid [PAST]


27 & 28 November 2021 Saturday & Sunday 2-7pm.

Artist will be on site 4-7pm Saturday & 5:30-7pm Sunday.

Free Entry

We are delighted to announce that the work of Tom Fisher (aka Action Pyramid) has been selected to exhibit at Project DIVFUSE capsule art space through the first Open Call in collaboration with The Thames Submarine – an online sound art platform. Theme of this Open Call was Beginnings.

‘Over the past few years I have accompanied Carl Sayer, Helen Greaves and Jack Greenhalgh (UCL, The Norfolk Ponds Project, University of Bristol) on fieldwork trips to Norfolk, during which I made numerous recordings of the mysterious sounds of underwater life in the farmland ponds of the area. This piece is part of an ongoing project composing audio works with the underwater pond soundscapes.The fieldwork focuses on restoring and surveying these pond habitats and the hydrophone recordings featured in the piece are from various ponds in the area. The poetic term ‘ghost pond’ is used to describe the traces of a old farm pond which has since been filled in, but is still visible on the landscape as markings in the field. Amazingly if these ghost ponds are dug out the original aquatic plant life will often regrow from the seeds preserved in mud of the old pond bed.’

Tom Fisher is a sound artist and musician based in the marshy edge-lands of North East London. Working primarily under the name Action Pyramid his projects vary from site-specific sound installation and headphone based works for galleries and museums, to experimental radio works and compositions.

Most things, we don’t talk about them : Matt Harding [PAST]

Exhibition and Performance:

***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]

Free Entry

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.

When Sculpture Meets Music : Martin Harrison [PAST]

Opening :

22 October Friday 5 – 8pm [Live music by Susanna Ferrar (Violin) at 6pm & 7pm]

RSVP by emailing divfuse@gmail.com

Exhibition :

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]

Free Entry

Shovel and Stone. Materials : paper

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.’

A Lick and a Promise : Marisol Malatesta & Tom Richards [PAST]

Meet The Artists Discussion :

8 October Friday 7-8pm. RSVP by emailing divfuse@gmail.com. 10 seats only. [Cancelled. Updated 7 October]

Screening :

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.

DUO : Douglas Benford + Sylvia Hallett [PAST]

Mini Concert :

2 October Saturday 2021 6-7pm

Ticket: £5 . 10 seats only. To buy tickets, please email divfuse@gmail.com for payment information. There will be limited choices of non-alcoholic drinks for sale on site.

Two artists who approach their sound-making by improvising using unusual and inventive instrument and object combinations.

This is the first event under the Sound Meta series of Project DivFuse. Sound Meta is a body of events that features mini concerts, workshops and activities involving sound making.

In this mini concert, Douglas Benford will be improvising with an array of objects. He will be joined in by Sylvia Hallett playing a bowed bicycle wheel. This concert will be recorded to form an archive for the art pod.

When We Used to Go Somewhere_Variants : Liz Helman [PAST]

Exhibition :

4 September Saturday 2pm – 6pm

5 September Sunday 2pm – 6pm

When We Used To Go Somewhere_Variants  – A Short Film By Liz Helman

Running Time 8.20

Made in the UK during the first stages of lockdown for the Covid-19 pandemic, the film explores dislocation alongside the longing to go somewhere; a freedom that was restricted for most of 2020.

The video is accompanied by a new soundtrack that appears as Invisible Future on the artist’s forthcoming album, The Yearning, released on the Flaming Pines label.