An amazing new night from Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner, this multi-media performance night features top practitioners from fields of poetry, live coding, dance, diy electronics, and classical music, entwined into a twisted symphony of voice, light, bodies and semaphore poetics. feat. HOLLY PESTER // KARL HEINZ JERON // OLIVER COATES & SAM SKINNER // ALEX McLEAN & KATE SICCHIO // NATHAN JONES & MARK GREENWOOD
TORQUE [LIVE] is bought to you by co-producer of 2013 tour Electronic Voice Phenomena, and takes up where this award-nominated series left off, using poetry, theatre and media artst to look deeply at the opportunities and rich thematic territories offered up by increasingly hybrid existence. A show that pushes understandings of networked thought, the internet of things, and blurred lines between brains, bodies and electronics.
TORQUE [LIVE] will feature: Oliver Coates /
a new commission comprising cello, electronics and field recordings, plus ‘Oraison’ by Messiaen, one of the first compositions written for electronic instruments. Accompanied by video works by artist Sam Skinner.
Karl Heinz Jeron: Sim Gishel / Sim Gishel is a multi-media robot. He sings and dances for money. His biggest success so far has been his performance at Das Supertalent with Dieter Bohlen. This will be Sim Gishel’s first performance in the UK.
Holly Pester - Hannah Weiner’s Code Poems / a new work that re-stages Hannah Weiner’s ensemble 1960’s work Code Poems, which used the International Code of Signals for ship-to-ship communication to create a series of avant-garde happenings. Pester’s new performance draws on our contemporary experience of digital code in a staged conversation that is sometimes shambolic, often lyrically active, and always in celebration of the hopeless comedy of coded communication.
Mark Greenwood and Nathan Jones: The Nodes / a series of conversations as radical language events, proposing a future for speech beyond communication. Using models such as pandemonium architecture and chaos theory, the Nodes press the boundaries for emotive relations within uncoupled language.
Alex McLean and Kate Sicchio: Body Code / a feedback loop of code, music, choreography, and dance is played out, as a 'body language ' which short-circuits the binary opposition of physical and abstract.….
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TORQUE is co-produced by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner and is supported by Arts Council England. TORQUE [LIVE] follows workshops and a symposium at FACT, Liverpool, comprising artists and academics presenting research and artworks across a range of subjects, including; spambots, network aesthesia, neuro-archeology, Russian Activity Theory, live coding and the bicameral mind. A Torque project ebook will be published by Link Editions in July. The title of the project is a play on the verb ‘to talk’, and refers to torque’s original latin meaning ’to twist’, and also the twisting forces which distort language, technologies and cognitive processes by braiding them together. The cerebral torque is also a central term used by neuroscientist Tim Crow in his 2009 thesis that ‘Schizophrenia is the price Homosapians pay for language’.