New York-based curator and writer Mark Beasley presents a listening session and brief history of vocalisation and Extended Vocal Technique from female pioneers Patty Waters, Cathy Berberian and Joan La Barbara; Grindcore and the Death Growl to the current re-examination of voice as material in the work of Florian Hecker, Stine Motland and C. Spencer Yeh. Nicholas Bullen (Napalm Death, Scorn) will perform Breach, a piece for vocal improvisation and electronics.
Mark Beasley is a curator and writer based in New York. He is currently curator at Performa, and programmed and commissioned a series of vocal concerts and artist’s projects for Performa 13. He recently organised a performance series in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition of Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1, New York that included Michael Smith and Blowfly, X-TG and Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether. His recent curatorial projects with the Performa biennial include Florian Hecker's C.D.–A Script for Synthesis; Frances Stark and Mark Leckey’s Put A Song In Your Thing at Abrons Theater; Robert Ashley’s That Morning Thing at the Kitchen; Mike Kelley’s Day is Done at Judson Church; Arto Lindsay’s Somewhere I Read, and the experimental music festival (co-curated with Mike Kelley) A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality. His first LP with the group Big Legs will be released on Junior Aspirin Records in Spring 2014.
Nicholas Bullen is an artist and composer based in Birmingham. Working across a range of media including sound, text, film, installation and performance, his work explores strategies for the transmutation of elements and systems of communication. His career as a musician has spanned more than thirty years, beginning at age 13 as a founder member of the ‘extreme’ music group Napalm Death. He has released over forty recordings and performed live both solo and collaboratively. Recent sound performances focus on the use of environmental recordings as the basis of fixed media acousmatic composition alongside improvisation and signal processing in real-time. His work has been performed or exhibited both in the UK, including Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, and Arnolfini Gallery; and internationally, including Art Basel; White Columns, New York; Creative Time, New York; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; and MACBA, Barcelona.