GHAOS Reigns: The Total Institutions of Reactor
Robert Barry wrote this feature on Reactor's work for The Quietus
Call for Participants:
Reactor Halls E17: Awkwoods
Experimental Adventures in Awkward Participatory Performance
24-26 January 2016
Primary, 33 Seely Road, Nottingham, NG7 1NU
Reactor Halls E15: You can't win them all, ladies & gentlemen
The first time I met artist Jenny Moore, we were stomach-down, on the floor of Tate Britain, silently dragging ourselves in choreographed movement toward the flight of stairs she had planned for us to ‘fall’ down, our descent overseen by an entire gallery-full of ‘Late At Tate’ visitors. This was just part one of her residency, ‘Disrupt’, at Tate Britain. I’d experienced some of her work before, as the stage-presence ‘Charismatic Megafauna’, a sort of hybrid cheerleader-come-all-girls-drum-band with impressive down beats and sinister costumes. But this performance trafficked something other. Designed to interrupt a conventional gallery experience, it realised itself as a contemporary institutional critique gone ‘cultural’ and there was a reckless loudness to it. The public space had been, for a while, Moore’s studio. And in just a few unprescribed movements, she had articulated and undone the tensions its austere façade had accrued over centuries.
Reactor Halls E16: Ghost in the Machine Music
Saturday 6 June
£7 advance tickets (includes limited edition mixtape)
£3 on the door
Electronic music as machine music - the ghost in the machine - rhythm and drone - the traces left behind - Stone Tapes - planned obsolescence
Electronic music as shamanic music - subsonic frequencies - peripheral hearing as hallucination - polydrone and polyrhythm - stacks of white labels dumped in a skip
"There are musical ideas built in to all sounding technologies on some level - whether intentionally or not. That seems to relate to the 'ghost in the machine' - the creative input from the tool itself."
Five experimental artists explore the ingrained social, physical and sonic resonances of Primary and Nottingham through the prism of DIY electronic music. With installations and performances from Leslie Deere, Graham Dunning, Tom Mudd, Shelley Parker and Tom Richards.
Get a limited edition mixtape produced by the artists with an advance ticket here