'Director's Commentary' is a 20 minute cinéma vérité techno deconstruction of
Bruce McClures feature film '
District Nurse', that I created for Liminality (Start Dreaming) at
Gallery 46, originally broadcast on July 16th.
In 1994 the Scottish artist
Ross Sinclair had the words 'Real Life' tattooed across his back. The tattoo went on to feature prominently, and define much of his work produced over the subsequent decades. My new installation also called 'Real Life' was broadcast live from
Gallery 46 as part of a series of live transmissions called Liminality - Start Dreaming on June the 11th. It featured a simulacrum of Ross Sinclair, currently living its realest life in the gardens behind the gallery, unperturbed by the lockdown because unlike the 'Real' Ross Sinclair this version doesn't have mucus membranes or respiratory tract and is therefore completely unaffected by Covid 19.
I have just completed a new Storyteller video piece with Bruce McClure.
Produced during the lockdown 'Containment' is a topical tale chronicling the hazards of 5G signals and familial murder torture via the medium of a ventriloquised aspidistra plant.
It was broadcast live first at Gallery 46 on May 7th as part of a series of live transmissions called Liminality - Start Dreaming.
I'm going to be taking part in a 26 turntable locked groove orchestra at
Psyché Tropes Projected Music 5-Inch release party at The Old Baths on November the 29th.
The event will also feature performances by
Janek Schaefer and
The turntable orchestra will include; A’Bear, Arran Bolders, Ben Rodgers, Billy Pleasant, Blanca Regina, Chloe Frieda, Chris Thomas Allen, Dan Hayhurst, Daniel WJ MacKenzie, DJ Food, Graham Dunning, Hems, Horton Jupiter, Janek Schaefer, Lia Mice, Mariam Rezaei , Merkaba Macabre, Odd Lust, Pierre Bouvier Patron, Rado Bogasch, Reuben Sutherland, Robin The Fog, Spatial, Tida Bradshaw and Tom Richards.
I have a second Storyteller, cassette coming out soon on Adaadat,
'Project R.O.Y.' is a Lovecraftian travelogue detailing a family man's decent into madness, while in search of a mythical being. Imagine a dystopian parallel universe populated solely with millions of Arab Strap clones, capable of producing only broken machine music.
The illustrations were again provided by Chris Wright of Turbo Island.
On October the 19th Storyteller are going to be performing at the launch party for the new Elephant House 12" 'Chollima', which is taking place at
The Old Baths in Hackney Wick, including live performances from
Damn Dirty Duke.
The Launch coincides with the closing of an exhibition at the same location. A group show featuring works by friends of Elephant House including; Oliver Baggott, Charlotte CHW, Rupert Cole, Marcin Filip Cybulski, Christos Fanaras, Justin Fink, John Franklin-Higgins, M.K. Hauser, Bjørn Hatleskog, Rosy Leadly-Watkins, Bruce McClure, Daniel O'Sullivan, Reuben Sutherland, MSDM.studio, Momoko Suzuki, Charles Tepasse, Unobjectifyme & Cathy Ward. The exhibition runs from October 12th till the 19th.
I have a cassette coming out soon on Adaadat
for a new project called Storyteller,
a collaboration with writer & occasional filmmaker Bruce McClure.
Which tells the story of a King in Waiting (loosely based on HRH The Prince of Wales) who embarks on a sadomasochistic relationship with a sentient Aspidistra Plant. Think Fifty shades of Grey crossed with Day of the Triffids.
It is that is presented in cassette form in homage to their namesake (the nineteen 80's magazine and tape series published by
This audiowork was originally produced for an exhibition called
Liminality (Cacophany) that took place from the 17th-19th of August at
Gallery 46 in Whitechapel.
The illustrations were provided by Chris Wright of Turbo Island.
On Saturday the 27th of February I'll be showing a new installation called 'Quintland' as part of an
Adaadat event at
Honey Moon on Hackney Road.
The nite will also feature live music from
Theory Samidare Oranges an improvising ensemble featuring
Kaya Kamijo (Kayaka),
Becky Davies, Geraldine McEwan, Rebecca Horrox, Marie Roux and Anina.
As well as Rutger Hauser
and Christos Fanaras.
DJ Suavemente will be playing records.
I have a new album called 'Bespoke Action Plantation' coming out shortly on Adaadat.
All the sounds present were generated through a series of experiments I conducted over the last few years in the development of my sound installation work.
The recordings which involve amongst other things electromagnetic interference, processed feedback, solenoid percussion and prepared guitar, were subsequently edited and layered.
On Friday the 6th of June i'll be taking part in a Swords & Sandals themed extravaganza celebrating the release of Masters's debut vinyl LP on Adaadat.
Imagine Conan riding on Jodorowsky's back to meet the Wizard Of Oz who is helping midwife Ennio Morricone's labour for a strange Goblin!
MaSterS will play live joined by special guests: Shenggy Shen, Kenichi Iwasa, Mark Wagner, Graham Dunning and myself.
The event will also feature live sets by Elephant House, Mark Dicker and a very special cymatic solo set by Mark Wagner.
DJ sets will be provided Shintaro Taketani & Ollie Baggott, Haroob Mullick and Black Impulse's Heather and Kevin.
We will also be celebrating with our friends from the Abraxus Journal for the launch of their new blog.
I have a track featured on a new compilation released by Open Sound Group.
It features artists using turntables or records in their sound making processes, and contains exclusive tracks from: Strotter Inst., Vinyl Terror & Horror, Henry Holmes, Graham Dunning, JD Zazie, Janek Schaefer, Cullllt, Matthew Lee Knowles, Chris Mann, Sarah Farmer, Marius and Tom White.
You can listen to it via the player above or download the album for free here.
On Monday the 12th of May i'll be doing a performance/installation at Behold at the Club at the Ivy in Soho, association with the Nunnery Gallery, a multi-discipline arts event showcasing innovative and challenging work beyond the confines of a traditional arts setting. The event runs from 7 till 11pm.
Behold features video and installation work by Gordon Cheung, Ulu Braun, Tessa Garland, Jon Monaghan, Joey Holder, James Howard, Doug Burton, Clare Mitten and Alana Lake. Avant-garde theatre pioneers the Theo Adams Company will present live music and spontaneous moments of glamour and visual excitement throughout the space for the duration of the evening. Sound artists completely re-imagine the sonic environment with Archos transforming the terrace and Bjørn Hatleskog's otherworldly live sound/light sculpture invading the luxurious setting. Live performance art by Julia Haynes and an exclusive multimedia assault by Ze Æs (the new project fronted by Martin Tomlinson, formerly of cult group Selfish Cunt) ensure this evening will be like nothing else in your diary.
In January have two releases coming out on Adaadat .
The first 'Mountains of Mayonnaise' is an album of H.P. Lovecraft inspired harsh noise music. All the tracks featured were created using the no-input mixer technique popularised by Toshimaru Nakamura. The mixer in question a Behringer: EURORACK MX1604A was destroyed in the process.
The second is a reissue of a compilation of harsh electronic music called 'Chocolate Menta Mastic' originally released in 2001. It also features tracks by Lasse Marhaug, S. Isabella, Reverbaphon, Tormod Mor, Joshua Norton Cabal and Poly Only.
On Friday the 10th of January I'll be doing a live session on the Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone radio programme on NTS, the show runs from 8 till 10am and can be listened to on-line. The show will also feature an Adaadat showcase with new tracks by Ommm, DJ Topgear, Horatio Pollard, Greypetcat and myself.
I've just completed an installation for S.H.A.P.E Gallery, It's a slowmotion miniaturised homage to
Haroon Mirza's radio and bulb piece, it consists of a radio attached to a miniature turntable rotating next to a CFL bulb, and produces a slow hypnotic oscillating feedback sound.
I have a new 7" record pressed, it features the tracks Catomountain and Hodmandod, and is due for release on Adaadat soon, and will be distributed by Cargo Records. One of the tracks is also featured on the next Wire Tapper CD available on August edition of Wire magazine. This record has been reviewed by Tiny Mix Tapes and Bad Sounds Magazine. You can listen to it via the Soundcloud widget above.
On July the 10th I'll be performing at the private view for Magic under a Moonless Sky an exhibition of new works by Kevin Quigley at Burgh House in Hampstead.
I will be performing with some of my contraptions in a piece entitled D.V.M.A. (Discount Viscount Miscount Account). The installation will be accompanied with live improvisations from musicians Colin Webster and Jussi Brightmore.
Colin Webster is a saxophonist from London who has performed with some of the key figures in free jazz and improvised music, including Archie Shepp, Joe Bowie, Steve Noble and Alex Ward, he is also a member of electro band Chik Budo.
Jussi Brightmore is a musician and an artist who plays in of the experimental avant rock band Gum Takes Tooth.
The event runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. A recording of the performance can be listened to via the Soundcloud widget above.
On April the 24th I'll be doing a performance at Drone at Catch with Occult Hardware and Winnie The Poove, and DJ's Venice Calypso, Jack France and Justinas Vilutis. The concert coincides with an exhibition called Machine Dream featuring artists Alana Lake and Rckay Rax. Above you can find a video of my Fluorescent Noise Pyramid installation, similar to what was installed at Catch.
My latest 7" was critiqued in the April edition of The Wire magazine..
On Thursday the 28th I will be exhibiting at Works on Paper taking place at 30 Kings Bench Street SE1. Its open for one night only and runs from 7-9pm. Other artists showing include Sophie Baker, Rory Beard, Clare Chapman, Jeff Dyson, Lucy Homer, Polly Huggett, Peter Lynch, Justine Melford-Colegate, Kate MacTiernan, Emer O’Brien, Augusta Ogilvy, Anna Reading, Robert Rivers, Ixone Sadaba and Pablo Smidt. Above is a short video of the installation and below that a longer live audio recording.
On Sunday the 17th of March I will be doing a performance along with Andrea Ling, Gluen bajon & Yasmin Moghaddan and Dance Circuits. At Contentious One taking place at 17-20 Parr Street, London N1 7ET. The event runs from 2-6pm. Entry is Free. Above you can find a video clip of a work in progress provisionally entitled Busilacchio Breakout.
My new 7" record has been pressed, it features the tracks Fanfaronade and Afterclap, and is due for release on ADAADAT on November the 12th, and will be distributed by CARGO RECORDS. It's the first in a series, i'm currently putting the finishing touches on the second one. You can listen to one of the tracks via the SOUNDCLOUD widget above.
On Saturday the 6th of October my installation work will be featured in 'Does Dark Matter?' curated by Cosmic Mega Brain. The venue is 29 New Inn Yard, Reliance Square London EC2A 3EY, doors open at 7pm.
Following on from the successful launch of its series T.R.I.A.L., Cosmicmegabrain is pleased to announce the second in the cycle of events, titled Does Dark Matter? Taking place on Saturday 6th October at a unique venue in Shoreditch, the scientific wonders of the universe will be examined by artists whose work relates to various scientific concepts. The laws governing gravity, sound, light and magnetism will all be explored through film, performance and installation. Artists featured include Bálint Bolygó, Emily Candela, Ronin Cho, Davide D’Elia, Roberto Ekholm, Goodbye Leopold, Andy Holden with Tyler Woolcott, Janina Lange, Romvelope, Aura Satz and Semiconductor. 7:00pm –10.30pm: live performances and screenings. After Party Hosted by NTS.
You can find a review of the evenings proceedings on Labkultur.tv.
The video above is an edited outtake from my performance earlier this year at the 2012 Kinetica Artfair. It features to date the only live outing so far for my Basil Brush illuminated statuette. Thanks to Hatt Reiss for filming the footage. For more information on the performance can be found on the Kinetica website.
I'm providing music for Emer O'Brien's installation 'Return to Normal' at Infernoesque in Berlin from July 27th to the 29th. The sculpture demonstrates the principles of the standing wave in physics by visualising audio signals as flame, the video above shows the installation in action.
On September the 27th I will be taking part in a live broadcast of 'Return to Normal' at Co/Lab special programme at the Art Platform art fair in L.A.
On May the 2nd I will be taking part a Dante's Inferno inspired live art action titled 'Traversing the Spirit', as part of the On Spiritualism Festival at the Apiary Studios. Performing alongside Warren Conlon, Graham Dunning, Jane Munro, Rebecca Brogue, Kevin Quigley and Calum F Kerr. The video above shows my contibution.
Bjørn Hatleskog is a London-based artist, one half of acoustmatic spoken-word project
Storyteller, also releasing music under the moniker Romvelope.
His work is located somewhere between electro-acoustic music and sound sculptural bricolage, exploring the nature of feedback loops, noise and interference and their application via mechanical automation.
He is also the curator at Surgery.Gallery, and the manager of the record label Adaadat.