Saturday 5 November, 8pm
Shoreditch Town Hall
Tube: Old Street, Shoreditch High Street
Produced by Penned in the Margins and Mercy. Co-commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and The Bluecoat. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Tom McCarthy presented in association with Test Centre.
The EVP Sessions takes its inspiration from Konstantin Raudive’s notorious Breakthrough experiments of the 1970s, in which he divined spirit voices from electronic white noise. Each session includes a range of new commissioned work alongside special guests – each performance resonating psychic echoes of technological ruptures and corporeal gasps, peering in at what lies beneath our circuit-boards and screens.
For November’s instalment, acclaimed experimental writer Tom McCarthy makes a live, sound-tracked recording of his Booker-shortlisted novel Satin Island with live coding from Shelly Knotts and Alo Allik; Scottish poet Harry Giles presents Drone, a spoken word and sound art performance about remote technology and anxiety; Jennet Thomas performs surrealist linguistic accelerationism; and Alexis Milne combines post-apocalyptic text performance with original costume, sculpture and hoverboard. Award-winning poet and spiritualist raconteur Ross Sutherland plays [g]host with a newly commissioned series of Truther-style video works.
EVP is a collaboration between east London alternative literature producer Penned in the Margins and Liverpool arts innovators Mercy. Expect to be thrilled, entertained and haunted in a show audiences have described as “mind-boggling” and “perplexingly good”.
Tom McCarthy is a novelist, writer and artist from London. He has created and collaborated on visual art projects, wrote the film Double Take (2009) and co-founded the semi-fictitious organisation International Necronautical Society with philosopher Simon Critchley. His most recent novel, Satin Island, was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize.
Shelly Knotts is a data musician currently based in Newcastle, UK. She performs live-coded and network music internationally, collaborating with computers and other humans.
Alo Allik was born in Estonia in 1973. He has worked as a sound artist and producer across a number of international music scenes since the early 1990s, and more recently has turned to experimental electronic music, sound synthesis and algorithmic composition.
Harry Giles is a poet, performer, theatre- and game-maker whose work confronts life under capitalism, and how to survive and resist in a violent world. His debut poetry collection Tonguit is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Jennet Thomas makes films, performances and installations exploring the connections between her lived everyday, fantasy and ideology, experimenting with collective constructions of the meaningful. Using a collision of genres, her work can look like T.V. news, experimental film, childrens’ drama, or performance art behaviour, and is frequently comic, uncanny and entertaining.
Alexis Milne is a London based artist concerned with issues surrounding recent political protest and forms of autonomous subcultural uprising (such as Hip Hop and Rave cultures) and their subsequent media dissemination and forms of recuperation. His work traverses video scratch collage, installation and interventionist performance.
Ross Sutherland is a poet and performer. He has four collections of poetry published by Penned in the Margins and a documentary on poetry-writing computers called Every Rendition on a Broken Machine. His podcast series Imaginary Advice explores new ways of telling stories and his palindromic debut play Party Trap has been commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall.