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***Premiere*** A New Performance Commission by Emptyset for DRAF Studio
Fri 7 April 2017, 20:00 – 21:30 BST
Artists Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg (Emptyset) present an ambitious new commission at the intersection between architecture, sound and performance.
The performance is the culmination of a year-long period of research, design and composition by the artists in the space. The project marks a new direction in their practice: an entirely acoustic performance.
The performance is centred on two large-scale instruments realised in the space and developed from acoustic surveys of the building. The work incorporates constructed architectural elements and industrially manufactured materials, and using compositional aspects of micro-tonality, percussion and voice.
Vocalists: Josephine Stephenson, John Laichena, Tim Gowdy, Annie Garlid
This fifth performance residency commission in DRAF Studio follows projects by Edward Thomasson, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Augustas Serapinas and Jacopo Miliani. The series invites artists to produce new live works in response to the space, and residency performances have incorporated theatre, dance, sculptural installation and music.
DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle. Thanks to Georgia Rodgers and Max Fordham LLP.
This project is curated and produced at DRAF by Sandra Pusterhofer, with Alex Roberts.
Thanks to Georgia Rodgers and Max Fordham LLP for their in kind support.
DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.
Emptyset is a London/Berlin based production project formed in 2005 by James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. The project examines the material properties of sound and its correspondence with architecture, performance and physical modes of production.
Emptyset released the album Borders in 2017 under the Chicago-based record label Thrill Jockey. Their past recorded output includes the releases Recur and Collapsed for the German record label raster-noton (run by Carsten Nicholai), Signal a commissioned performance working with ionospheric propagation and Medium an expanded live recording in Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire.
Emptyset have produced installations for Spike Island, Tate Britain and the Architecture Foundation and presented live performances with CTM/Transmediale, Kunsthalle Zurich and Sonic Acts XIV.
About DRAF Studio
Since its foundation, DRAF has been committed to performance and education at the centre of its programme. In 2015, DRAF Studio opened as a dedicated space for live projects. DRAF Studio hosts an original programme of performances, talks and residencies in collaboration with artists, choreographers, musicians, writers and peer organisations.
DRAF Studio has hosted performances by Stina Nyberg, Alex Bachzynski-Jenkins, Guy Sherwin, Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, IMMA, Stuart Brisley. The first residency in Mar–April 2016 saw Edward Thomasson develop and present a new play Volunteers. In May 2016, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings constructed the installation How to Survive a Flood @Gaybar, programming two evenings of performances. In June, Lithuanian artist Augustas Serapinas presented a performative installation in response to the history of the space.