Sounds from a Small Town

Wed 29 November, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Fennel Street Club, Loughborough LE11 1UQ

Free, Just turn up

Merseybeat. Madchester. Detroit techno. The Loughborough Sound? When thinking about music scenes we often think of major cities. But what role does music play in smaller towns and less celebrated places? Join us for a free event where artists, musicians and academics explore these issues through video, discussion and archival material. This is the first public event in (re)composition, Radar's new series of commissions exploring how place makes music and music makes place.

No booking required. For enquiries please email LUArts@lboro.ac.uk

Programme:

- A presentation on the Loughborough Records Presents Presence project from 2016.
Part of Radar's THE Award Nominated  Market Town project, this saw a recording studio constructed in an empty shop unit in Loughborough town centre and provided free of charge to local musicians. A short film about the project can be watched here. Presented by Can Altay, Artist and Associate Professor of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University and founder of Loughborough Records Presents Presence.

-"Mansfield's Very Own Steve Malkmus": a film-come-YouTube compilation by Paul Rooney (website), comprising a tour of Kurt Cobain's Aberdeen WA bedroom, Nantwich amp-switches, Trenton NJ Fugazi ticket queues, Goths from (near) Abersoch, paens to Skelmersdale new town, John Peel and Richard D James on the boredom of Redruth, and more.

- Sounds From a Small Town: A Conversation
A panel discussion exploring music in and from small towns and peripheral areas. This will be a broad ranging discussion touching on identity, infrastructure, possibilities and limitations. Panellists: Zoe Armour, PhD Candidate, Media Discourse Group, De Montfort University, Leicester; Rebecca Lee, Artist and Musician (website); Robert Miller, musician and teacher, Loughborough

- Live Music
Stick around after the event for live music until 11pm from Robert Miller and members of the Loughborough Acoustic Club.

- Materials from Loughborough University's archive charting rock music in Loughborough will be on display.

Image: Can Altay's Loughborough Records Presents Presence. Photo by Julian Hughes.

 

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November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

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Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

An exhibition of artistic research conducted as part of the practice-based PhD project ‘Co-working with Things. How Furnished Spaces Contribute to the Emergence of Artworks’, supervised by Gillian Whiteley and­­­­ Eleanor Morgan, within Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama. All prints were produced within SAED Printmaking Workshop with the help and advice of printmaking tutor Pete Dobson. Exhibition curated by David Bell, with support from Radar­.  

Background:

In 1947, artist Anni Albers urged us to consider ‘materials as our co-workers’. In so doing she invited us to develop new relationships with machines, tools, materials and working spaces. This exhibition explores how the things with which artists work can be seen as co-workers. All the artworks presented are based on simple sets of rules derived from what was possible within a particular, contingent context: working at home or in the printmaking workshop. The works are ongoing, and insist on labour intensive relationships with materials, tools and machines arranged within particular furnished spaces.


The most important aspect common to the works is that they are not autonomous pieces produced by an autonomous artist: their dependence on situations, contexts, equipment, and the willingness of others to do some of the work is written within the ‘code’ that structures their ongoing development. The modular installation Vertical Studio is formless, until someone helps to make it by arranging the elements. Aquatint Etchings is a series of double-sided, multi-layered prints: exhibiting them always involves outsourcing the process of deciding which print is visible, and which is concealed. To make the Photo-Etchings, I asked friends to select from thousands of drawings. Those chosen were then turned into a multiple through the complex photo-etching process which produces uncontrollable variations.

The myth of artistic autonomy is challenged by artworks that depend on contingent contexts and can only emerge from specific arrangements of things. Focusing on the role of things within furnished spaces also reveals the importance of maintenance activities that are not usually seen as part of artistic labour. It is the work of setting up and looking after spaces such as homes, studios and workshops that makes the emergence of new artworks possible.

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