Spike Island

Unheimlich Manoeuvresfeaturing Sarah Angliss and Hákarl & Friends


Friday 21 November 2014, 8–10.30pm


£8, £6 concessions. Free for Spike Associates
Booking essential

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With Anna Franceschini’s exhibition as a focal point, and taking its name from Sarah Angliss’ recent essay on ventriloquism this live music, in-gallery event features musicians working within the realms of sound making as practice. Exploring the cinematic language and narratives present within Franceschini’s films, the performances present alternative scores and further interpretations of the exhibition and the space it inhabits.

Sarah Angliss performs a compositional score for a one-off screening of Franceschini’s film Nothing is More Mysterious.A Fact that is Well Explained (2010) shot at the Pianola Museum in Amsterdam. A sense of the ‘unheimlich’ is present within both Franceschini’s and Angliss’ respective practices: Franceschini’s visual and meditative investigations of everyday objects and spaces and Angliss’ fascination and expansive research into folklore and its uncanny relatives. Presented in unison, the aural and visual connections elicit notions of things feeling familiar whilst being unsettling at the same time.

Hákarl & Friends take up their strings to lend a sonorous and harmonic quality resonating with the visuality of Franceshini’s films. Dispersed throughout the exhibition, their collective improvisational interpretations provide an immersive and encompassing score examining the expansive aural and acoustic qualities of the vast gallery space. The audience are invited to view Franceschini’s (mostly silent) films with sound for one night only. 

Sarah Angliss

Sarah Angliss is a composer, performer and sound historian inspired by folklore, archives and the uncanny interlaced with a fascination with scientific oddities, automata and obsolete machinery.  Her music combines created samples and field recordings with live Theremin and other untraditional and self-built instruments resulting in extra-ordinary and visually intriguing performances.

Selected works include Trace, Residency at Pervasive MediaReanimating a Submarine with Sound, HMS Alliance Submarine; Loving the Machine, TedX Talk; Vault - new music for silent Gothic films, BFI Southbank; The Bird Fancyer’s Delight Radio 4; Ventriloquism: Unheimlich Manoeuvres, Wire Magazine published essay. 


Hákarl & Friends

Hákarl is the main project of Brighton-based musician, writer and programmer Kev Nickells. The name stems from an Icelandic 'delicacy' of rotten shark flesh, inedible to most serving as a metaphor for improvisations. Hákarl is a member of several improvisatory outfits notablyBang the Bore, a collective pursuing collaborative musical activities exploring the possibilities of sound making phenomena outside of traditional music practices.

Selected works include 36 Hour Communion, a collaborative, durational performance, A celebration of the music and life of John Cage, and recent published articles Finding the Voice - Form and Free Improvisation, Newhaven Journeyman, and Hardcore till I Die, Caesera//Accesso.