IKLECTIK [off-site] is proud to present,
‘FICTIVE MUSIC//REALITY REGRET’
A virtual gallery exhibition and online residency by students of the Electronic and Produced Music department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with IKLECTIK Art Lab.
The residency took place over the course of several remote workshops focused on the themes of world building, unreality, and escapism, especially as discussed in Nick Scavo’s essay Against Worldbuilding and Wallace Stevens’ poem To The One Of Fictive Music.
The group also spent time on discussions of modern magical thinking, the CIA’s insidious appreciation of jazz, and how artists can critically engage with post-modern systems of power.
The gallery exhibition collects some of the refined output from these workshops and presents it as a simulation of space exploration, wherein audience members are invited to spend time in the orbit of various planets in a system of “built worlds
Works by Josh Curtis, Jamie Unie, Gwen Howard, Jamie Farrington, Sean Norris, James Allen, Raphael Ninot andJamie Rudd
The exhibition will be online until May 31st.
Sean Norris (project leader and gallery designer) is a multi-instrumentalist and interdisciplinary artist working in new media installation art, performance art, glitch music and electroacoustic music, as well as more conventional post-rock band settings. His most recent work “How To Kill One And Yourself” was/is an audiovisual installation and album of music focused on articulations of trauma narratives. His current focus is on works that engage with contemporary magical thinking in the formation of political ideology.
A twenty year old producer/electronic musician from London, studying in his second year at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Music has been at the very heart of his life from an early age. He was a chorister at King’s College Cambridge. This forced him, aged nine to fourteen, to be a professional musician, forcing him to learn the dedication required to reach an exceptionally high level in music. Now he is focusing on production, songwriting and music for moving picture. His main influences are traditional choral music, experimental pop, and folk singer-songwriters.
Jamie Unie is a London-based composer, artist and producer. ‘ in balance ‘ : -\/\ -/- \/- \ /-\-\ /\-\/ -\ -/-/ /-\- \/ -// \-; ‘ in order ‘ : ////\-////\-/////-////\-////\-//////-///\-///\-//-///\-///\-//-; ‘ in peace ‘ : – – – – – – –
James Allen is a composer and multi-instrumentalist studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His recent projects have examined the effects of the built environment on lived experience, more specifically articulating suburban space in short and long form interdisciplinary works to be released and performed in Autumn 2021. He is currently working on a reactive audio/visual piece in collaboration with artists at the Changing Room gallery, with the aim of exploring the relationship between class and masculinity in northern England.
Jamie Farrington is a composer and sound artist based in London, UK. As a composer, he writes contemporary experimental electronic music for film, game, dance and installations, whilst his work as a sound artist often revolves around the manipulation and destruction of recorded audio in various media formats. His work to date includes commissions for the Barbican Centre, the Museum of London and National Trust. Jamie is currently studying BMus Electronic Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Gwen Howard is an electronic musician and music educator from Los Angeles, California. Her work is informed by her singer-songwriter origins, and spans disciplines including songwriting/composing, producing, scoring, and sound design. She takes a special interest in the intersection of electronic music, gender equity, and disability rights. Howard graduated with a first-class degree in Popular Music Performance from the University of Southern California (USC) where she studied under Patrice Rushen and Vince Mendoza. During her time at USC, she was awarded the Presser Undergraduate and Pi Kappa Lambda awards. She is now a first-year master’s student as part of the inaugural postgraduate Electronic Music cohort at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Raphael Ninot is a London based multidisciplinary artist, an auditory and visual composer producing works that are both physical and digital. Most of their work focuses on a correspondence between sound and sight exploring the interplay and relationships that each sense has with/on each other, even when only one is present in the final work. These include but are not limited to short films, paintings, photography, bodies of sound and song. Although inspired by a multitude of elements the production of their work is mainly process driven, often deciding on a system and following it thorough in order to fabricate an object.
Jamie Rudd is a songwriter and producer who enjoys collaborating with artists from various other mediums, especially film. He’s currently seeing Covid out somewhere in South London. His favourite colour is teal. His favourite bread is whole meal. His spirit animal is an eel. He wants to know how you feel.