The evening is a special audio/visual edition of Mercury Over Maps featuring four sound and video artists – Rob Flint, Blanca Regina, Ian Stonehouse and Bill Thompson – following the score CROSSFADE PING-PONG by Rob Flint.
Expect lots of audio/visual works as artists respond to each other across two 40 minute sets.
Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £8 cash
Rob Flint is an artist working with sound and image in many different art and music contexts. A member of the group Ticklish, with Phil Durrant, Kev Hopper and Richard Sanderson, he has also made image projections with The High Llamas, Charles Hayward and Steve Beresford, among others. Recently he has been performing solo av sets as FLOMO, with Adam Brett in Glider, and with Bill Thompson in a large ensemble exploring Paul Oliveros’ principles of Deep Listening. He has also created a series of scratch vocal ensemble performances using visual scores with un-rehearsed volunteers, and his composition ‘Like Work’ was presented in the Research Pavilion in the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Ian Stonehouse is a lecturer in Sonic Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was previously Head of the Electronic Music Studios there from 2004-2020. He originally trained as a visual artist at Wolverhampton College of Art with experimental filmmaker Guy Sherwin and visual artist Paresh Chakraborty. In recent years he’s performed as a member of noise-improv-playback group Rutger Hauser, and their splinter group Rutger Hauser Digest (with Lisa Busby). Rutger Hauser’s eponymous debut album was released on the ADAADAT label in 2016. Ian’s solo album, ‘Voyage en Kaléidoscope’ (made in 1995) finally escaped to the surface in 2016 thanks to the folks at Lumen Lake label. He was part of the ensemble who performed Bill Thompson’s ‘Gates 2017’ at Goldsmiths and contributed tape loops to saxophonist Colin Webster’s release ‘vs. Tape Loops’ on the Fractal Meat label in 2017. Ian’s albums ‘Synthesizer Experiments Volumes 1-3’ were self-released on Bandcamp in 2019, alongside several others. Ian Stonehouse
Blanca Regina is an interdisciplinary artist, tutor, and independent curator who works with spontaneous composition systems creating multimedia landscapes using voice, objects, electronics, and visuals. She is also looking at book arts, immersive media, and design. Between London and Madrid together with Steve Beresford, she founded the Unpredictable Series, which focused on spontaneous music and experimentation in visual arts following her first collective Mademotion founded in Madrid. She has produced three albums with Beresford, mixed and mastered by Dave Hunt in London, ‘What Blue’ (2020) Duets with Steve Beresford; ‘Duets with Blanca Regina, Spontaneous Music’ featuring duets with Leafcutter John, Jack Goldstein, John Butcher, Benedict Taylor, Matthias Kispert, Aneek Thapar, Steve Beresford, Sharon Gal, and Hyelim Kim and and ‘Art of Improvisers’ (2017) a collection album with several artists concentrating in women improvisers. With longtime collaborator and artist Leafcutter John capturing their live performances in 2017 they created ‘Miga’ a limited edition Pendrive and digital release. Other collaborations in music and audiovisual performances include duos with Matthias Kispert, Peter Cusack, Matt Black, Javier Arribas, Sharon Gal, Mandhira de Saram, Adriana Camacho, Hara Alonso, and David Toop. She has produced exhibitions, performances and workshops internationally with presentations in London – Cafe Oto, Turner Contemporary, Barbican, Tate Modern – in Madrid – PhotoEspaña, La Casa Encendida, Cruce – in Mexico – Fundación Pedro Meyer, Biblioteca Henestrosa, El Faro de Oriente, TerrazaMounstruo- in Berlin – HKW, Sowieso.
She has provided guest lectures and workshops in the UK and internationally including at the University of the Arts London, Goldsmiths University, Guildhall, Ravensbourne University…Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound & Music, BMC, Amexcid, Photo-España, and Garage Cube.
Bill Thompson is a sound artist and composer. He performs regularly as a soloist as well as in a number of groups including The Seen, zerøspace, and Airfield (with Ian Spink), and duos with Phil Durrant, Cath Roberts, Richard Sanderson and Yoni Silver. Past collaborations include performances 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. In recent years he has returned to guitar using one built by Moog combining it with 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.