Music : Infant Tree presents Alexandra Spence, MP Hopkins & Tom Betteridge. Friday 8th September 19:30

Infant Tree presents Alexandra Spence, MP Hopkins & Tom Betteridge

Doors 7.30 | performances from 8pm | £8 cash

Alexandra Spence is a sound artist and musician living on unceded Wangal land in Sydney, Australia. Through her practice Alex attempts to reimagine the intricate relationships between the listener, the object, and the surrounding environment as a kind of communion or conversation. Her aesthetic favours field recordings, analogue technologies and object interventions.

Alex has presented her art and music in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America including BBC Radio; Ausland, Berlin; Café Oto, London; EMS, Stockholm; Punkt Festival, Kristiansand; Standards Studio, Milan; AB Salon, Brussels; Radiophrenia Festival, Glasgow; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Sound Forms Festival, Hong Kong; MONO, Brisbane; The Substation, Melbourne; Soft Centre, and Liveworks Festival, with Liquid Architecture, Sydney.

She regularly collaborates with MP Hopkins as Banana and has released her music with labels Room40, Longform editions, Mappa, More Mars (Banana) and Canti Magnetici. (She holds the belief that electricity might actually be magic)

MP Hopkins is a sound artist and musician working on Wangal land in Sydney, Australia. He uses voice, feedback, recording/playback devices, and text scores within different acoustic environments, which are deconstructed and presented to the listener in delicate and degraded ways.

He has released recordings with Penultimate Press, Canti Magnetici, Tahalamos, Regional Bears, and Nice Music. He has performed locally at events organised by the NOW now, Liquid Architecture, Avantwhatever, Performance Space, Humming Grotto, and Omniversal Hum. International appearances include Café Oto, London; LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore; Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels; TUSK Festival, Newcastle Upon Tyne; and Colour Out of Space Festival, Brighton.

In 2018 MP participated in Sounding Paths; a site-specific residency for sound & intermedia projects in the Old Jesuit Monastery, Ano Syros, Greece. In 2020 Double Goocher Shop and Federico collaborated on una grammatica dell’ornamento; an outdoor text, sound, and object installation produced for the Unlocked Sounds program as part of the Tempo Reale Festival held at Villa Strozzi, Florence, Italy. Forthcoming in September 2023, Hopkins will present a live-to-air commission for Radiophrenia at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow.

Hopkins also works with Alexandra Spence in the duo Banana, with Renato Grieco as Double Goocher Shop, and plays in the band Warm Currency with Mary MacDougall.

Tom Betteridge is a poet living in London. His pamphlets include Mudchute (Veer2, 2021) and Dressings (MATERIALS, 2019). With Ellen Dillon he co-edited The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry’s special issue on Peter Manson’s poetry and translations. His new pamphlet Dog Shades is available from Just Not.

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