Mercury Over Maps is an extended residency by Bill Thompson at Hundred Years Gallery featuring performances, installations and talks with various collaborators and guest artists.
Bill Thompson is a sound artist and composer. He performs as a soloist and with a number of groups including M/H/T with Jan Hendrickse and Tom Mudd, Airfield with choreographer Ian Spink, and in the past with Keith Rowe, Faust, EXAUDI and others.
Although originally trained as a guitarist, Thompson has worked with live electronics for the better part of 15 years. Since 2016/17, however, he has returned to guitar using one built by Moog combining built in electronics with miscellaneous table top devices, found objects, flashing lights, and the occasional vibrator.
He has earned numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2012.
Blanca Regina is an artist, curator and tutor based in London who is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, installations and film. She has performed with numerous artists, including Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, David Toop and Matthias Kispert, and curated a number of events and installations internationally. At this event she will be presenting ‘triple loop’ a new set of solo performances where she plays with her voice, electronics and objects improvising with sound and images collected in her many trips, mixing them in realtime using chance operations.
Tom Mudd is a musician and programmer interested in relationships between software, composition and improvisation. He lectures in sound and algorithmic music at Edinburgh College of Art.
Jan Hendrickse is a composer, improvising musician and artist. His work moves between performance, installation and composition. He has recently been developing a large-scale collaborative work with Choreographer Saffy Setohy. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition at the University of Kent, School of Music & Fine Art.