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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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Richard Whitby reviews Reactor Halls E11

Jun 16, 2014

Reactor Halls E11: The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show
Richard Whitby

"Featuring works by Jennet Thomas, Paul Tarragó and Leo Chadburn (aka Simon Bookish), artist collective Reactor’s live art experiment Reactor Halls E11: The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show was a mixed bill of video, film, performance, music and a quiz (with prizes). The last in a series of ‘events that embrace the live situation’, it was held at the group’s studio space in Primary, a former primary school turned new art space in Lenton, Nottingham.

A classroom seemed an appropriate setting for this hospitable but also self professedly ‘dark’ programme – traffic between the worlds of adult and childish understanding being a common device in the works ..."

Read the full review on The Double Negative

Reactor Halls E11

May 07, 2014

Reactor Halls E11: The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show
Saturday 24 May 2014, 19.30

Reactor Halls E11 is the last in the current season of events. The Dark Horse Moving Picture Show is a Film/Live Performance/Music event by artists Jennet Thomas, Paul Tarragó and Leo Chadburn (a.k.a. Simon Bookish). It’s a kind of experimental variety show, a rich and strange cocktail of aesthetic pleasures, unusual ideas and cerebral, pop-cultural experimentations.

Amongst other works, you will see:

‘I AM YOUR ERROR MESSAGE’ - Jennet Thomas performs a bizarre Q and A dialogue with a day-glo character trapped in the Video screen, attempting to save your world from an Error- ‘That Algorithm’ - spreading deep inside the structures of everything.

We will visit Paul Tarragó’s world of PAUL AND THE BADGER a simulated TV puppet show series that is not quite right… but strangely sincere in its adventures in wrongness. Paul will also perform a multi-screen Tape/Slide/Super 8 feat of celluloid poetics.

Simon Bookish will perform with vocal mastery a spoken word + music piece from Trainwreck/Raincheck – truly alarming tales directly transcribed from his dreams, work which has drawn comparisons with "Bowie and Baudrillard, Burroughs and Byrne".

There also will be a couple of live mystery events which will defy all logical explanation, and a real quiz, with actual prizes

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