When: 5th – 9th November 2014
Where: Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, Wales CF5 1QE
£: A 5 day festival pass costs £25, a one day pass costs £10 and individual event tickets cost £5
What is it?
Experimentica hosts a dynamic programme of performance and interdisciplinary projects, and offers a platform for UK and international artists to produce or introduce their work. The festival can be entertaining, dangerous, confusing, life affirming, playful, provocative, witty, engaging, irritating and everything in between.
This year’s full festival title is Experimentica: Co-Existence Has Never Been Easy, which is taken from the 2009 science fiction film District 9 (directed by Neill Blomkamp). The title is not a theme, but rather a starting point in which participants can explore how we co-exist.
Some of the festival highlights include:
Mark Leahy: Answering Machine on 7th November 2014 at 12pm
Our words are not only our own, in some way they are always already others’, always already used. We are subject to controls or forces outside or beyond ourselves, and we function in language that both is and is not ours. Answering Machine places the performer at the mercy of the audience or participants, as they determine what he says.
Participants will be invited to text or tweet a question, instruction, or statement to the performer. Using an online search engine and text-to-speech software this will be converted to an audio stream that will be delivered to the performer via headphones from which he will then attempt to speak as much of the material as he can. Struggling to answer, the performer is a mix of oracle and puppet. Operated by the participants who contribute their offerings. His stammers and sputters elicit further prompts from the listeners as he is turned into an automated speaker.
Threatmantics: The Ballad of Shotgun Billy on 8th November 2014 at 9.30pm
The Ballad of Shotgun Billy is the tale of fictional National Football League quarterback and murderer Billy Armstrong. An audio-visual shock and awe rock-opera. The live band accompanies a flood of projected images and video with each song representing a different chapter of Billy’s life.
Threatmantics attempt to crowbar as much into rock and roll as possible. Veering wildly from heartbroken folk, to balls-out rock, to spine-crushing metal, to good-time pop — barely held together by very fine thread and pretty ribbons.
Florence Peake & Jonathan Baldock: Apparition of the Phantom Limbs (Sound Score by Ian Watson) on 9th November 2014 at 7pm
Continuing their recent ongoing collaboration, Jonathan Baldock and Florence Peake have created a new work entitled Apparition of the phantom limbs. Set in a darkly lit room, two dancers (one male and one female) stand on a stage. The performance endeavours to reconfigure these bodies and their ‘humanness’ into abstract art. Using diverse materials such as plaster, mod rock, wood and fabrics, Baldock and Peake re-cast themselves as absurd alchemists for art making and ritualise the building of sculpture onto the human form. These materials will plaster, encrust and conceal the dancers as the choreographed performance unveils before a live audience.
More info: www.chapter.org