Jeff Carey is an interdisciplinary artist creating radical computer music. He performs electro-instrumental synthetic noise with custom software controlled by a joystick and gamer keypad. His instrument also controls an array of strobe lights making shows totally immersive and visceral. "He's acting on raw instinct here - he refuses the clinical approach to programming software or composing music, and strives to throw himself bodily at his machines, replacing all mechanical moving parts with human flesh, blood, and bone. In pursuit of this all-organic goal, virtually everything else is jettisoned, starting with recognizable notes or melody.” Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector on ‘Impulse’ (2010)
Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson (Iceland/Belgium)
Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson is a visual, sound and performance artist born in Akureyri, Iceland in 1977. He studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag, Holland in 1997 to 1998, and received MFA at Fachochshcule fur bilende kunst Hannover, Germany in 2004. Sigmarsson exhibits his paintings & drawings internationally but is probably most known for his energetic performances at a wide array of venues. His approach is that of the trembling artist, struggling to make sense and direction out of a creative impulse. Regardless of the medium, there is a continuous search for order and chaos throughout his body of work. With his series of drawings Sigmarsson distorts the normal, daily life by drawing very common objects in an abstract way. For some time he has been releasing solo recordings with albums on Trente Oiseaux, ERS, Helen Scarsdale, Fire Inc., Hanson Records, Bawag Contemporary Vienna, Korm Plastics, Bottrop Boy, Ultra Eczema and De Player.
Sigtryggur lives and works in Ghent, Belgium, where he has been working with Ghent gallery Tatjana Pieters and has taken part in two exhibitions in the gallery space as well as being presented by the gallery at various art fairs. Solo exhibitions of Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson include Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent (BE), Lindenau, Leipzig (DE),Castle Insterburg, Tchernyakhovsk (RU), Museums Quartier (AUS), Kunstschlager, Reykjavik (IS), Der Grieche, Berlin (DE), National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (IS), Rocksbox Fine Art, Portland (USA), Hectoliter, Brussels, Stadslimiet, Antwerpen & Basement Gallery, Vienna (AT). Participation in various group exhibitions amongst others Copenhagen Art Festival, Copenhagen (DK), 21er Kunsthaus, Vienna (AT), The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik (IS), De Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL) & Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent (BE).
Multi-disciplinary sound artist, visual artist, and graphic designer, Nathan Cook runs the Close/Far Recordings experimental music label which publishes cassettes, zines, and art prints. Past commissions have been with the Laumeier Sculpture Park for Site/Sound, the World Chess Hall of Fame for a performance of John Cage’s Reunion, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis for Audible Interruptions, a residency with High Concept Laboratories (Chicago), a performance for the Oscillations series at Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago), a radio presentation for Radius (Chicago), an end of the season showcase performance for the New Music Circle, a visiting artist performance for the MU electronic music department, and a commissioned composition for Alarm Will Sound (NYC) for the opening of the Public Media Commons in 2014. He has been documenting the work of St. Louis sound artists and experimental musicians over the last six years by publishing the Rhizomatic St. Louis compilation. For the past five years Cook has also been running a bi-monthly concert series called Bruxism which focuses on presenting St. Louis sound art, jazz, noise, free improvisation, electronic, ambient, and avant-garde music. The Wire magazine said this of his solo release (Bl)end User: “Regarding the latter [analogue electronics], Nathan Cook is a distinctive voice in this crowded field.”
TBA: a fourth artist will also perform at this event. More details soon.
730pm - doors
8pm - show