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Emily Beber writes about Reactor Halls E15

Aug 29, 2015

Reactor Halls E15: You can't win them all, ladies & gentlemen
Emily Beber

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.

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Reactor Halls E16: Ghost in the Machine Music

Mar 13, 2015

Reactor Halls E16: Ghost in the Machine Music
Graham Dunning
Saturday 6 June

Doors: 19:00
Performance: 19:30-22:30
£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

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Reactor Halls E15: You can’t win them all, ladies & gentlemen

Mar 13, 2015

Reactor Halls E15: You can't win them all, ladies & gentlemen
A live radio show by Jenny Moore & guests
Saturday 30 May

Doors: 19:00
Performance: 19:30-21:30 (with interval)
£3 in advance - book here

You can’t win them all, ladies & gentlemen takes 'Misunderstandings' as its method. Speaking to and from the working lives of artists and the insane neo-liberal demands that they be everything to everyone. With: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy (Biter's Crew), Chloe Cooper, Patrick Coyle, Simon Clark, Sian Robinson Davies, James Ferris, Steven Ounanian, Morgan Parker, Holly Pester, Megan Pickering & Bedfellows, and Reactor. Set design by Jenny Moore with Alexis Dirks and Rosalie Schweiker. Written words by Emily Beber before and after the fact, and an in-house band including all of the above.

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Reactor Halls E14: Cables

Feb 18, 2015

Reactor Halls E14: Cables
Rammel Club
Saturday 28 February

Workshops: 14:00-16:00
Installation: 16:00-
Performances: 16:00-23:00
£3 on the door

A cable is more than a mere length of wire. It is a trail to be followed, tracing a line between two points, or a meshwork of interwoven threads. Rammel Club will present installations, workshops and performances that explore the electronic aspects of auditory arts and collaborative improvisation.

The cable carries the pulse of electricity or light in response to a trigger. Cables are bookended by 'plugs', affording an abundance of possible connections. Some connections will be recommended for you in the user guide. But why stop there? Plug a synthesiser into a television, a hard-drive into an amplifier, a cello into a sat-nav, internally rewiring existing circuits or creating new possibilities for interactions between sounds and their players, recordists and engineers.

Celebrating the humble cable with a range of performers, makers and artists for whom venturing into the electric realms has always been a very natural part of contemporary sound practice.

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Reactor Halls E13: Salon dyslexic

Jan 29, 2015

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Reactor Halls E13: Salon dyslexic
Benedict Drew & friends
Saturday 21 February

Doors: 19:00
Performance: 19:30-21:30
£3 on the door

An event that attempts to tackle the anxiety and neurosis generated from the condition of dyslexia. Imagining this condition as an academic shanty town, out of which a radicalised position may emerge in opposition to a world evermore dominated by text.

Featuring screenings of Augur (2014) by Nicholas Brooks and Mainland Rock (2014) by Benedict Drew, spoken words by Heather Phillipson, a YouTube music/video lecture, and the second iteration of Drew's Dyslexic Shanty performance with video accompaniment by Rhodri Davies on amplified harp.

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Reactor Halls E12: Ugly Weekender

Jan 22, 2015

Reactor Halls E12: Ugly Weekender
Dirty Electronics
Saturday 14 February, 19:00

£3 on the door

The first in a new season of Reactor Halls events. A 24-hour retreat exploring DIY electronics, sound and design will produce the content for this performance. With: John Richards, Alexandra Moon-Age, Jennifer Lucy Allan, Natalie Kay-Thatcher, John Fass, Jim Frize, Phillip Henderson, et al.

“The most difficult challenges for designers of electronic objects now lie not in technical and semiotic functionality, where optimal levels of performance are already attainable, but in the realms of metaphysics, poetry, and aesthetics …” Anthony Dunne, Hertzian Tales

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