Monday, 23 April 2012

A Defence Against the Rreal

I have an exhibition of new work in the Long Gallery, Newcastle University from Tuesday 1st May until Friday 4th May.

Preview: 1st May, 5:30 - 7:30pm.

A Defence Against the Rreal

For the exhibition Lloyd has split the gallery space into three sections:  a recreation of the artist’s studio, a psychoanalyst’s surgery and a video of the artist being psychoanalysed by himself.  

The three sections are placed to correspond with the Real, Symbolic and Imaginary orders identified by Jacques Lacan to represent the human mind. These orders are seen as three interlocking rings: a Borromean Knot, if one is removed the whole structure will collapse and result with insanity.

“Our fantasies support our sense of reality, and this is in turn a defence against the real.”[1]

The exhibition is a journey into the artist’s unconscious as Lloyd holds a mirror up to himself and attempts to examine the space that lies between fantasy and reality, this he describes as the Rreal.

[1] Marek Wieczorek – The Ridiculous, Sublime Art of Slavoj Zizek

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Distraction Records All Dayer 21/04/2012

The mighty Distraction Records are celebrating their 10th year of releasing records at the Star and Shadow this Saturday with a fantastic line-up of some of the best bands they have on their roster. I will be providing some visual accompaniment over the course of the day.

Here are the set times. For more information about the day and where to buy tickets click here

11:00pm: Warm Digits
10:00pm: Necro Deathmort
9:00pm: mushi mushi
8:00pm: Tempelhof
7:00pm: "Very Special Band"
6:15pm: Jazzfinger
5.30pm: Dressed In Wires
5.00pm: Fret!
4.30pm: Summer Night Air
4:00pm: doors open

DJs: deathrowradio (early), Grassi (middle), Richard Dawson (end)

I am especially looking forward to hearing new material from Nerco Deathmort, whose new album will be available to purchase on the day. Last year’s, Music of Bleak origin, was one of my highlights of 2010.

Monday, 9 April 2012

New Hype Williams Music

I’m really excited about the new Hype Williams record (Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland – Black is Beautiful) which is released April 16 on Hyper Dub.

There is an interesting interview with them on the Guardian website, where Dean Blunt refers to Berlin as:

“the biggest coffee shop in the world; nothing happens, it's purgatory for people who failed in their own countries"

The interviewer describes their live show as:

both silly and deadly serious, and powerful because it was meaningless. I reassure Blunt that I'm not interested in deconstructing them. "People wonder why nothing is interesting, it's because they try to get a fucking answer to it, to everything," he replies. "There are things you can't articulate. There's that 'thing' in the world – music has it, every kind of art has it. And people talking about it can destroy it."

Their attitude and prolific output reminds me a lot of Aphex Twin back in the late 90’s. I have been enjoying new music by them that you can download for free.

Dean Blunt - The Narcissist ii

Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland - The Attitude Era