Tuesday, 8 December 2009

15 minute factory 2010

We'll be back in the new year with a new format...

15 minute factory will go after dark as an all-night warehouse party bringing you so much more or the best cutting-edge performance and great new music!

Watch this space for updates......!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

15 minute factory mini-festival program

15 minute factory
3-day festival
25 - 26 - 27 September
15 minute factory brings together new and cutting-edge acts from across all art forms, blurring the boundaries between performance, art and music.
Following the success of it debut in May, 15 minute factory is back across 5 rooms for a 3-day festival promising to be bigger, better and bolder with a fabulous new line-up!
Friday (5pm to 1am) and Saturday (4pm to 1am) offer a non-stop experience of live music, performance, art, cabaret, burlesque, stand-up and interactive encounters across five rooms.
Music will shift from gypsy to electro, from post punk, to Jazz folk; Performance will include interactive performance, live art, performance installation, live drawing, live casting, burlesque and stand-up. The Gallery will showcase installation, photography, and painting.
Sunday (1pm to 1am) brings an acoustic showcase and a fabulous art market and craft fair of 85 stalls
Limited Advance Tickets Now On Sale: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/1097
Online Offer- £10 per day : £18 Fri + Sat : £20 all 3 days
On Door - £12 NUS/£15 Friday / Saturday : £20 NUS/£25 Fri + Sat : £25 NUS/£30 all 3 days
Sunday 27th: Door Only £3 before 4pm / £6 after
Glass Magazine Interview with Katharine Fry and Jung Eun Yoo:
Mailing List and Queries: 15ticket@gmail.com
.More to be announced!
Friday 25th
Kissed - Fleassy Malay : Louise Simspon : The Dummy Company : Eirini Kartsaki : Sarah Ruff : Lorraine Smith

Missed - Nick Trepka : Poppy Mallow : Abstinence and Sensibility : 00NOMO : Maya Levy : Madaleine Trigg : Erin Kleh : Jessica Grace

Off the Wall - Dan Arnold : Shkembe Soup : Naked With Horses : Hyrst : P&O with They Said They Saw : Subsecret

On the Wall - Tom G Adriani : Rania Bellou : William Bock : Helena Eflerová : Ruth: Harrison : Lisa Hall : Yoko Ishiguro : Madaleine Trigg : Catherine Maffioletti
Upstairs - Ella Bryant

Film - Alice Anderson : Giada Ghiringhelli : Marianna and Daniel O'Reilly

Roaming - Oliver Hymans: Liam Herne: Astrid Breel

Saturday 26th
Kissed - Mike Wendling : Sally Wyatt : Miss Electra Cute : Adi Lerer : Miss Electra Cute : Sally Wyatt : Deej Fabyc : Francesca Millican-Slater : Betty Bruiser

Missed - Carlos Jimenez : Steph West : Stefania Mylona : The Greestone Group : Tony Volker : Fiona Bevan : The Dead Arms

Off the Wall - Dan Arnold : The Ruby Dolls : The Amy Trade : Young and the Damned : She Is Danger : Heads High : Rotkappchen with Vieciocho : Le Donne : Rachel Parry

On the Wall - Tom G Adriani : Rania Bellou : William Bock : Helena Eflerová : The Greestone Group : Ruth Harrison : Lisa Hall : Yoko Ishiguro : Madaleine Trigg

Upstairs - Ella Bryant : Robin Gardiner : November Games : Sarah Sheerman-Chase
Film - Alice Anderson : Giada Ghiringhelli : Marianna and Daniel O'Reilly

Roaming - Sarah Bell and Alan Sutcliffe: Oliver Hymans : Liam Herne

Sunday 27th
Music Showcase -Jing Wong : The Ruby Dolls : Govinder and the Holy Ukelele : Tony Volker : Steve Smith : Jessica Grace
Roaming - Sarah Bell and Alan Sutcliffe

Art Market and Craft Fair - Creme de la Teas : Fiona Williams : Carte Couture : Jo Cheung : Lucy Cheung & Patrick Gildersleeves : Mariko Otake - Panda Kite : Paula Smith : Rowanne Anderson and Jonelle Leybourne : Saffron Reichenbacker : Savvas Papasavva : Suzie Crisfield : Taz Chappell : Tigz Rice : The Aviary : ZoëDesigns : Ley Ley Designs : Sarah Stokes : Ryoko Takahashi : Sally Miller : Robin Clare : Hideout : Rhiannon Fraser & Amy Proud : Pikine : Momtazbh : Art Is Proof Press : by-louise : My Little Boutique : Joe Whitney : Jasmine Mercer : Helen Bradbrook : Greg Wood : Lady and Small : Petit Chou-Fleur : Crumpet & Skirt : CristalinaIC : Athena Anastasiou : Glittermouse : Miss Amy Phipps : Adeel Ahmed : Flair Design : Orme and Hall : Zippy Lovelock : Lisa Hall and Caron Ottewell : Lucy Noakes : Clara Gomez : fuelled by gin and tea; the work of Harry, Sam and Anna : Marzena Mlodystach-Rudziewicz : Tania Fernandes & Sarah Blick : Kaya Boo : Rebecca Gladstone : Tabatha Gravener : Anitanja Lawaetz : Arts 4 Human Rights : Vicky Scott : Andrea Morreau : SewSmitten : Koiskitchen : Rolfe & Bardsley : Nik Jones : Hayley Bowen : imagebykatie : Sarah Dixon : Jessica Jang, Chie Karakami and Henrietta MacPhee : make do mend

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Performance: Inside - 00NOMO

I n - s i d e
the body
an instrument of expression
two women
a circle created
to communicate with each other
body attachments e x t e n d
movements generate pitches of sounds
communication between
the performers and the audience
a sweet taste
This piece will explore the relationship between the two performers.
Like sculpture, the performance will encourage direct physical engagement with materials.

Asia and Louise are both sculptors forming 00NOMO as a medium by which they could create performance pieces that start a dialogue between two practices that utilize different concepts of materiality and to extend communication from something that is simply visible into something that stimulates senses of taste, hearing and touch and incorporates others in a shared experience.

The performance pieces create a bond of many aesthetics and encourage involvement from members of the audience and other participants. This enables the work to allow others, through becoming part of the creativity and shared experience to tap into a different method of expression within themselves.

Performance: Madaleine Trigg

Madaleine is an experimental performance artist, whose work resides in an exploration of the body and a fascination with design elements. As her practice has evolved, Madaleine has become increasingly interested in sculptural/architectural costume, specifically exploring how different materials interact and condition the performers’ movements and investigating its potential as a fundamental and poetic language of performance.

Madaleine regularly collaborates with the costume designer, Francisca Rios. Francisca has recently been awarded a Master of Arts in Costume Design for Performance from The London College of Fashion, where she presented her Final Performance Project at Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis Studio. Francisca acts as a freelance designer and has worked with some important members of the industry, such as the renowned choreographer, Marie Gabrielle Rotie.

Madaleine and Francisca's latest collaboration, Sutre, premiered at the Spill Festival’s National Platform on 18th April 2009. Sutre will also feature in Vitoria´s International Theatre Festival (Spain) on the 3rd November 2009, in a new programme which celebrates contemporary Performance Art.

Performance: Little Odds and Ends - Eirini Kartsaki and David Paredes

David Paredes and Eirini Kartsaki find a passion in exploring repetition in performance. They are interested in the ways that experiences of repetition suspend time and create spaces, where they can lift a suitcase a hundred times never to be able to begin the journey, where they type a love letter a hundred times and things are still left to be said, where one they are constantly denying, believing, failing and beginning again.

Repetition expands time and invites the audience to linger in the moment and enter the duration of its experience, to become part of the process of discovery and explore the clefts between our longings and the reality of the everyday.

David Paredes creates work (constructions, performances, installations, photograph) that deals with the nature of frailty, the economy of survival, the physicality of gesture, object and space, the idea of construction. Playfulness, humour and, in a certain way, childhood are the means through which the work attempts to express itself. David has exhibited in various galleries in France and Perou and has recently moved to London.

Eirini Kartsaki writes and performs. Her work, which is about and from the body, explores the thrill and wonder of eroticism, discovering, through the physicality of movement and the repetitive storytelling that, ultimately, what we want is to want.



Performance: Good Morning [me, absent project] - Yoko Ishiguro

Good morning (though you are still in the middle of the 'last night').Now, let’s have a breakfast (though you are about 9580km far away fromhere).

“me, absent project” is the attempt to 'perform' where people can not see my body physically exist. In this project, I want to seek the possibilities of various kinds of existence in so-called 'virtual reality’ and 'reality/nature’ and the matters in between intimacy and the physical distance and the digital and analogue communications.

Performance: Dummies - The Dummy Company

If the machines of the modern world turned you into a ‘dummy’, would you stay silent, or learn to speak again? Featuring ‘Stomunculus the Homunculus’, ‘Dr.Shaboo the Shambolical Shaman’, and many more creatures of the Dummyworld. ‘Dummies’ is a radical rag-bag stuffed with puppets, clowns, automata and porridge, colliding sense with nonsense, adulthood with infancy, sanity with madness.

The Dummy Company are a London based performance group with an emphasis on object and vocal articulation. Alongside 'Dummies' they are working on a puppetry piece for children called, 'Trouble', and an ongoing project inspired by James Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake.'

Performance: Six o'clock Swill - Lorraine Smith

Butoh-based exploration into Mr Punch and the archetype of the drunken old man.

Lorraine Smith, artistic director and choreographer of Silversmith Dance Theatre, is a dance practitioner trained in contemporary and expressive dance, and is part of the Newington Collective, Animate: SPACE and the traditional Palestinian and Lebanese dance troupe Al Zaytouna.

Roaming: Own Me - Astrid Breel

Ever wanted to own a part of someone else’s body?

Here’s your chance!

Within this performance you will be invited to select a square on my body you would like to own, decorate it and take home a representation of it.

In a society where our bodies are constantly manipulated, both by ourselves as well as the media, can we ever be said to really possess our own bodies?

This interactive performance explores notions of ownership and voyeurism in the 21st Century. What does it mean to give up ownership of your body? How much are our bodies worth?
The proceeds of this experiment will go to charity.

Astrid’s work developed from a practical research project that started while studying her MA in Performance Practice and includes performances, interactive live art and installations which explore the visible and invisible signifiers of femininity and the performativity of gender.


Interactive: Post-a-Polaroid - Ella Bryant

Dress up and have a Polaroid photo taken in one of our theatrical sets.

Keep it for yourself or alternatively write a message on the front, an address on the back and we’ll stamp and send it to your special someone.

Interactive: National Poor-trait Gallery - Ella Bryant

Paint a peculiar portrait and have it framed and displayed on the mis-match gallery wall.

Performance Poetry: Fleassy Malay

"If words were weapons, i'd have shot myself in the foot by now" -

Performance Poetry by Fleassy Malay explores the world of politics, sexuality and social interactions whilst marching through the warped tolkien-esque labyrinth of her mind.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Stand-up: The amazing adventures of the suburban Poo baby - Sarah Ruff

Journey into my perverted night visions. Surreal and fake animated Lecture accompanied by live comic narration from the bearded lady of tomorrow Sarah Ruff. Absurd questions are posed about the nature of existence. What would the world be like if it were square shaped? Written, performed and illustrated by Sarah Ruff, Animated and sound design by Ed Currie

Music Installation: Train of Thought - Abstinence and Sensibility

Abstinence&Sensibility present ‘Train of Thought ‘projected video art with a live prepared guitar, piano and melodikar soundtrack. Featuring a cast of tiny model figures, Hornby train carriages, stories of arrivals, departures and the spaces in between.

Abstinence&Sensibility debut E.P. 'Brentford is Well Buggy' (Elementary 2009) available on iTUNES.

Music: Erin Kleh

Kleh picked up a guitar last November and began writing some very qwerky folk music from her bedroom courtesy of a Spanish guitar, a bag of change, a cardboard box drum set, a very nice Macbook built-in microphone and some odd relationships (including one with a "horse head).

She now performs regularly around London with her band and newest collaborative partner, Tash. Many of the songs are autobiographical and unconventional both lyrically and melodically.

DJ: P & O

P&O = Precise and Olson. Two dj/producers hailing from East Anglia- the home of the Hip.

PAST PROJECTS: Formed Plagiawrsts in 1997 with Daddy Addy and Blast (Kushti) and later Mancini. Toured Europe and UK. Residencies: Trader Jacks, Distinction, 93 ft East (sizzler) Released: Mixtapes "Plagiawrists" vol.1 and vol 2, "Wrist Mechanics" (DC Records) with Skye, "Wristy Business" on Deep Concentration 3 (OM Records), 3 DMC UK team finals (1999, 2000, 2001). Formed "Vinyl Dialect" with Emcee Ezra 1994.

Toured UK and Europe with "Ugly Duckling" and "The Creators", Residencies: 93 ft East, Fabric and regular gigs around UK. Releases: "B-Boys Rock th World" EP 1999 (Bad Magic/Wall of Sound), "Ouch!" 12" 2003 (Bad Magic/Wall of Sound), "Dialect" LP 2004 (Bad Magic/Wall of Sound). CURRENT PROJECTS: Vinyl Dialect LP (Untitled), P & O LP "Ocean Liners", Herschel Road (production).

VJ: They Said They Saw

In a mixing bowl, combine bizarre movie cuts & vintage adds until smooth.

Add some oneiric shapes to the mixture and mix well. Stir in sweet cartoons and spice with starship like flashes.

Pour into two (the screens area) screens.

Bake at 120 decibels for (show duration) minutes or until dancers exhaust.



DJ: Sub Secret

Sub Secret believe that music, as a 21st century art form, should be involving, intriguing and interactive.

From deep sorrow to burning passion. Every emotion falls into it’s place, in the music that they produce and perform.

They use these emotions to tell the stories from their hearts aimed at reshaping the audience's expectations of a DJ’s role as a simple player of records..

Music: Shkembe Soup

Any good peasant soup has all sorts of good things thrown in.

Shkembe Soup is an off the wall, colourful gypsy cabaret band playing an eclectic mixture of classic Pop/Rock/Folk/Romany tunes with camp bizarre belly dancing and dressing up costumes.

Shkembe Soup have been a instant hit, their first own event ‘ Skembe Soup & Friends’ at Jago Art Gallery in Shoreditch in March 2009 was a complete sell out.

Lucia - singing for your entertainment and delight, Tom - on Guitar/Vocals, Seddik - from Algeria on Darbuka, Jules - on Clarinet and Percussion, Sue - on Percussion while providing extra glamour, Sultry Sally - Beautiful dancer /Vocals, Foxy Fiona - Beautiful dancer, Luscious Linda - Beautiful dancer

Burlesque: Miss Electra Cute

Miss Electra Cute is Julia Barnett's Burlesque personality.

Julia graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008; Electra skipped class in high school to sit in a Chinese restaurant and chain-smoke.

Julia is a producer, choreographer and performer; Electra is a lush.

Julia works in physical theatre; Electra just works it, baby.

Julia has worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the V&A Museum for the Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre; Electra has worked at the Canal 125 Club, the 100 Club in Soho, the Battersea Barge and in Edinburgh.

Music: Maya Levy

Maya Levy is a singer, songwriter and actress.

She will be singing songs that one day she will put together into a wee show/CD extravaganza.

When she was young, her teachers called her Maya Papaya, which she hated because she hated papayas. Her tastes have changed, she now loves papayas and thinks her teachers were pretty clever.

Maya Papaya also co-directs Open Arts Cafe, an arts evening for young adults, every fourth thursday of the month.

Music: Poppy Mallow

Once described as 'feel-good after midnight music for the disturbed'.

Half-child-like, half-unsettling, the music is created with various assortments of toys, gadgets and found objects, alongside conventional instruments such as violin, guitar and glockenspiel.


Monday, 17 August 2009

Performance Installation: Letters from an unknown source - Sarah Ruff

Intimate and secret exchange between audience and performer. Post your inner voice in felt tip pen through a secret letterbox. Your anonymous confessions live on in my paper collections. You may see me emerging from my hiding place. but I will never know who you are. Devised and written by Sarah Ruff and Audience. Sound design by Ed Currie.

Performance: T-Land - Helena Eflerová

T-Land, choreographed and performed by Helena Eflerová, alternates between the physical performance and living sculpture, the public and private, the universal and personal.

The symbolic slow controlled expressive movement offers a narrative: an incisive social and psychological portrait of foetus. Her body is enclosed inside white translucent textile code that pierces the entirely gallery space.

The Rag Factory gives T-Land new form, meaning and perception. Nick Moore has created the music specially for this performance. Helena approaches language as a vehicle to reach an inner dialogue and explores access to a prenatal unconscious experience in the viewer.

Performance: Amen - Adi Lerer


Created & performed by Adi Lerer

Scenographey by Jia Chiann Ingrid Hu

A performance piece exploring the act of bringing the palms of the hands together in the praying position; asking why humans do it and where this act comes from, exploring the ritualistic, religious and secular form of this notion by using text, movement and projection.

Performance: Kiss A - Deej Fabyc

Fabyc will present a slow motion series of incremental gestures in relationship to a lifesize fibreglass double of herself.

Artist Deej Fabyc has been making work for more than twenty years and has shown in places such as the Riena Sofia Museum in Madrid and El Museo Del Barrio in New York. For the past 8 years she has been dissecting dolls and mannequins and reforming them into members of her family and herself in order to engage in performative relations with them, as one aspect of a practice that engages with multiple strategies at the tasks she sets it.

"Try another handle and you might find yourself moving forward into a period when the invasions of psychology became a significantly established point of view in explorations of feminine madness and hysteria. Growing up with a mother who herself spent time in mental health institutions Fabyc uses the vehicle of performance to explore aspects of her own troubled biography, with a forensic eye for the salient details. Like the revelations of psychosis in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s remarkable short story The Yellow Wallpaper (1899), drawing attention to the decorative detail of the domestic space, this object fetishism, is expanded into the very stealth-like adaptive, animal nature of the feminine self involved in strange rituals of self-debasement and escape into the realm of an overactive imagination." Eve Sullivan 2007

Performance: Those Little Words - Francesca Millican-Slater

They say a good man is hard to find but Francesca has found herself a very special man-nequin. From first touch to last kiss this is a love story in a very short time; it is restricted by the (plastic) man who never does or says anything.

Francesca is a performer and live artist. She has performed Those Little Words at The Camden People's Theatre, The Arnolfini, Bristol and in a pub in Watford. She took her mannequins to the Fierce! Festival in Birmingham in 2008 under the guise Dr Millicent Milligan, pioneer in Mannequin Therapy. She recently performed Let Me Take You By The Hand at Toynbee Studios where she built London out of cardboard.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Price

Performance: The Carny - Betty Bruiser

A dark tale of desire, death and ... deadliness it involves whips, fire, and a dead horse…

Betty Bruiser is The Carny, a dark ethereal ringmaster who has only the skeleton of his horse named Sorrow for company. As the strip progresses she conjures up ‘a murder of crows (did circle round)First one, then the others flapping blackly down’.The body that is revealed is far from the beautiful Body portrayed in conventional burlesque.

Betty has been described as 'The Grand Guignol of the Neo Burlesque and as '(Imagine the)...sordid love child of Mae West and Franko B' High praise indeed for this star gazing gutter dweller.

Liz Clarke is a live artist and performer works with themes surrounding the Body as site and object. She explores the boundaries, constraints and vulnerabilities of the Body in performance; merging a variety of performance forms including live art, theatre, and traditionally lowbrow genres such as vaudeville and schlock. Her work questions the audience/performer relationship, around the nature of the voyeuristic gaze, implication and involvement. Betty Bruiser is her burlesque hating Betty is a backroom brawler, flasher mac poseur, hardcore haus frau and part time ringmaster.

The series of work which includes The Carny explores ‘Beauty’s Dark Double’. The flipside of the Beauty aesthetic, what happens when the Sexualised Body and the Body as Other meet in performance?

Performance: Monster 5 - Stefania Mylona


Stretch your bum on my legs
your bum my belly
my body your body
her body our body
and their bodies one body.

Are we going to dance or what?

Performance Installation: A Thousand Lost Walks - Beatrice Jarvis

Fields of the city that can be rambled through, as pastures of a forgotten dream scape, those who see the city through such sad eyes,, though who murmur quietly in their sleep of dreams unfilled. The city can act as a container for our dreams, a maze in which we can act out our fantasies in flights of fancy and fluxus of uncertainty.

This piece is an exploration of a series of long walks around the city, walks of contemplation, walks of regret, and walks of certainty, walks home and walks to some where else. I have amassed an archive of memories, movements, footage and images from which I have collated a homage to the spaces I passed. I am keen to develop work that probes this relationship and encourages a more thoughtful and considerate relationship to the gritty underside of the metropolis, parts of the city which have quickly become neglected in favour glossy high rise buildings which are devoid of sentimentality and their only memory as architectural symbolism.

The work explores how movement can be utilized to develop a response to my experiences of the metropolis. The performance will be of calm intense nature exploring both the extremities possible of the human body from stillness to frantic, composed to contorted, breathless and calm, and the extremities of the space, from the darkest corner to the lightest pathway. I am drawing on elements of ballet, Tai Chi, Gyrotonices, Primal Modern Movement and Graham technique to piece together of personal cartography of daily urban experience.

Performance: An Impossible Prison - The Greestone Group

The Greestone Group is a fluid collaborative of artists whose combined practice interrogates concepts of emotional experience and social representation. Through the centralizing of The Body while recognizing irrational as well as logical processes in communication and experience of life, the artists explore issues of identity along with interpretations of gender, language and power.

Founded in 2007 by the artists Fabiola Paz, Joana Cifre-Cerdà and Benjamin Sebastian, the groups’ practice backgrounds span dance, music, science, drama and fine art. The Greestone Group is a signifier of social, emotional and geographic dislocation and marginalization. Collective influences range from Poetry, Myth, Literature and Film, through to Feminist and Queer Theory, Modern/Post-modern and Contemporary Philosophy along with Sociology and an uneasy interaction with Psychoanalytical Theory. The Greestone Group champions the transformative qualities of art and culture and strives to maintain space for change, thought and feeling.

The collaborative’s most recent project: An Impossible Prison turns a conceptual and concerned eye upon the notion of trauma and emotional pain and suggests that while bodies, our bodies, continue to exist and uphold current social systems, such bodies may not (ever) be free. In this context ones own mind and body, ones own heart and existence become a conceptual prison. As the work unfolds, questions of acceptance and futility, imprisonment and liberation, remain open and unanswered.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Performance: Le Donne

Le Donne are two ardent females of uncertain age and time, with no fixed language or style and an unpredictable mission.
Neo Post-Goth, Post-Hip and Post-Hippy, neo Absurd (but posted) they are unencumbered by their posts alchemising their backgrounds in theatre, live art, music and poetry to the strings of the mandolin.

Inscrutable, wise and never cosy, they leave a little tremble in their wake...

Friday, 7 August 2009

Roaming: Incomplete Picture - Sarah Bell and Alan Sutcliffe

An interactive live art piece, Incomplete Picture explores the nature of storytelling and documentation. Hosted by a lost vaudeville compere who finds herself in the unlikely company of a guerrilla street artist, the piece draws on audience suggestion, whether mundane, superfluous or just plan ridiculous and utilises these to begin navigating a path through a kaleidoscopic landscape of fragmented narratives.

Juxtaposing verbal and visual methods of communication, the piece also explores our changing relationship to cultural forms of expression, in particular to counterculture such as graffiti art. Traditionally an expression of rebellion and a statement of individuality, graffiti art and become a desirable aesthetic, decorating clothing and café walls and commoditised by mass media.
Reflecting our struggle to root ourselves in a world where our points of reference are constantly shifting, Incomplete Picture invites you draw on everything you’ve ever known as it embarks on a frenetic scramble to a finish line that doesn’t exist.

Music Installation: The Dead Arms

Behind the artist’s production rests the epistemological question : How do we know ?

Reality cloaked in a veil upon which we can watch and reflect the projection of its logical structure, a prolific locus for the emergence of chaos. Going behind the scene to find the absence or the presence or light is part of the investigation. Using history of sciences and thought, sound installations, video and graphic works.

Born in France and living in London since 1998 Thibault Autheman has focused his research on reality itself, precisely the relationship between its mythical nature and its quantifiable presence.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Music: She Is Danger

She is Danger are London based British-Japanese producer/DJ Maya Jane Coles and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Lena Cullen. Lying somewhere between Portishead and Burial with shades of Massive Attack and Goldfrapp.

They produce, write and perform everything themselves with mixes coming from Steve Dub (Chemical Brothers/Leftfield) and can be seen playing everywhere from Yo Yo through to Torture Garden!

Music: Steph West

Steph West is joined by Tori Handsley: two harpists with a shared love of dancing rhythms, vivid chords and a free flowing melody.

Each brings influences from her respective traditions: Steph - early music, English & Irish folk; Tori: Jazz, Latin and Classical. Together they explore a funky and percussive sound world of tunes, songs and groove.

Music / DJ: Rotkäppchen

Rotkäppchen are an English/German two-piece playing live electronic music (in ‘Nu White Stripes’ style with live drums) as well as doing live laptop DJ sets.

Their tunes are strong, captivating, danceable electro-mash and their stage performances are enriched by sinister costumes that abide by the meaning of their band name (‘little red riding hood’).


Music: Fiona Bevan

The sweet, fiery warblings of Suffolk singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan have been compared to Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell and Marc Bolan.

Her band simmer and shimmer, her folk songs are inflected with jazz, and her award-winning lyrics pry into the dark corners of love, with a cast of stumbling party-girls, fickle sailors and forlorn lovers sleeping out in trees.

"Absolutely brilliant" Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Spine-tingling. Fiona Bevan completely transported me” Alex James, Blur

"Soulful and eccentric" The Guardian

"Film noir atmospheric, scorpion stinging, saccharine-coated Hell Hath No Fury ditties. Splendid stuff."


Music: The Amy Trade

Born from a fusion of everything that is good about the rock scene of the last decade, The Amy Trade have hit London hard and fast with their own brand of raw, relentless, good time rock and roll.

"Brilliant songs" James Jam, NME
The Amy Trade took their song-writing cues from the likes of The Wildhearts, Symposium, Jimmy Eat World, Green Day and Ash, to create a simple ideology: if it sounds great, they'll play it. Pounding drums and thumping bass lines, layered with crunching rhythms and lead riffs to die for. Top it all off with instantly infectious pop melodies and intricate harmonies and you're left with a sound that shows no shame towards its musical heritage but a sound that is still distinctly, uniquely, The Amy Trade.

The Amy Trade: They will pound you with beautiful noise.

Music: Heads High Soundsystem

Dreamt into being as a challenge to the 20 year long reign of the DJ, the Heads High Soundsystem places the record selector in a whole new context, encouraging him to interact with live musicians as a co-creator rather than placing him on an autonomous pedestal above the crowd.

An ambitious project, the Soundsystem was born out of early Heads High club sessions which saw DJs Duke Etienne and Cal Jader improvise with a host of musicians, producers and vocalists. Striving for a more controlled, repeatable experience, the Duke formed the Soundsystem as the primary carrier of the Heads High message.
Having long been inspired by early reggae soundsystems and movements such as Afrika Bambaata’s Zulu Nation, creating a musical collective based upon the DJ was a natural step. The twist being the inclusion of live instrumentation and interactive visuals. Fronted by vivacious Kingston (JA not UK!) born songstress Connie Bell, the Heads High Soundsystem builds new forms on the solid foundations laid by their musical ancestors. Get on board.....

Music: Young and the Damned

Blending indie rock with Latin American influences, YATD are back playing shows in London after a year-long hiatus.

Their explosive live shows and swaggering pop tunes have enabled them to support Hard-Fi, The Enemy, The Automatic and The Ripps in the past, as well as residencies at Edinburgh's famous Late 'n' Live nights and The Carlton Cabaret Bar.

'YATD... are a revelation; a free-thinking radical pop entity that has both the charisma and intelligence to be the real deal in modern music. I look forward to hearing about them soon.' -Stefan Brand in The Fly (06/07)


Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Art: Forty Lambert And Butler's And Five Scratch Cards Please - Dan Arnold

Dan Arnold is an artist primarily concerned with the natural world, our place within it and the processes involved. He works with continuous line, film and objects.

The installation was borne out of working in Spar in Bala, North Wales. He needed to do something creative whilst selling fags and scratch cards so built these machines to ‘draw’ during shifts.

Art: Ruth Harrison

Ruth Harrison is a time-traveller who plays with history, memory, sexuality and gender.

In the Victorian era, she is a lady flower painter with modern ideas and a secret life. Her 19th Century botanical illustrations reveal themselves, on closer inspection, as something quite different.

Ruth’s practice encompasses drawing, collage, photography, found objects and the artist herself. She lives mainly in 21st Century London.


Art: Exchange and Presence - Robin Gardiner

Before graduating in Fine Art from CSM, Robin Gardiner worked in animation, film and television.

She is now an artist working in 3D, painting, photography and performance. The scale of her work ranges from large-scale installations to much smaller wall-mounted pieces, both pictorial and sound-based.

A constant in her work has involved covering, veiling or wrapping objects either to obscure or to memorialise them. In “Exchange & Presence” she gives a foot massage to a subject and in exchange they allow her to take a cast of their feet. She then exhibits the casts.

Art: Tom G. Adriani

Tom Graham-Adriani was born in London to Dutch and English parents and graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2005. He has subsequently exhibited in a number of renowned galleries including; The Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, ' A Modern Bestiary' (2006), The Factory Berlin, 'London Contemporaries' (2007), Wiltons Music Hall, 'Book of Phobias' solo show (2008) and most recently, The St Pancras Crypt Gallery, where he both exhibited in and curated 'Tales from the Electric Forest' (2009).

His work is based on the foundation of poetry and illustration. He uses these tools to unearth and explore the tales that creep “unannounced” into his imagination. He sees the work he makes as tangible daydreams and is “fascinated by the process of using pen and ink to render thoughts visible and living a life of their own”.

Art: beautiful fairy tale's prince i'll wait for you under the starlight - Rania Bellou

Once upon a time a princess lived in a faraway and almost forgotten country. She had beautiful blonde hair and green blue eyes. Her ladyship was similar to mountain's fairy godmother and night's elf.

But there was a day that her mother, the queen went ill. Few moments before she died, she showed her daughter a golden apple and told her...

Art: Her|She|Me - Madaleine Heulwen Trigg

Madaleine Trigg is an experimental performer, director and photographer. These interests collide in her work, which is pre-occupied with the images and issues of the female body, using sculptural materials to fashion landscapes and (re) present the body.

Madaleine is currently exploring alternative photographic processes, which enable her to print her images on materials as diverse as glass, wood and metal. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Prague Scenofest (2007) and the ICA (2007/2008).

Live Cinema: GENNAO - Carlos Jimenez (Vieciocho)

GENNAO is a live cinema performance where Carlos Jimenez manipulates films, youtube stuff, noises and music to create a personal universe.
The moment when man landed on the moon is the starting point of an introspective journey through life. A man leaves the city for an unexplored land where he walks alone with his thoughts. The barrier between the audience and the man on screen simulate how societies inhabit our minds. Even when the man its alone he is part of a group which will never dissapear.

Carlos Jimenez works as a digital assistant at the V&A Museum, freelance designer and illustrator. His work has been published in different magazines such as Belio (Spain), I/O Magazine (Germany) and Creative Review (UK) amongst others. He has taken part in different exhibitions in Spain and the UK.
He also does VJ sessions under his alter ego “Vieciocho”. As Vieciocho he has performed in different venues in Spain and the UK such as Secret Garden Festival.

Film: Body Without Organs - Giada Ghiringhelli

Giada Ghiringhelli (b. 1981) is a Swiss videomaker and new media artist graduated in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York and currently living in London.

Her works explore the images in motion through the manipulation of space, time and movement, while employing light and the body as main compositional elements. Her videos 'Body without organs' and 'Sonopuncture' have been exhibited and screened internationally.