Arma Agharta / Neil Campbell / Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present / Singing Island
A FOUR-pronged exploration of improv, noise, dadaism, shamanism and the avant garde, kicked off by a screening of "Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present" at 7pm sharp.
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present
Tony Conrad was one the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains criminally under appreciated. Since the early 1960s, Conrad's films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. His vast, inter-disciplinary repertoire has single-handedly created and influenced major film and compositional movements. He performed in and recorded the soundtrack to Jack Smith’s legendary Flaming Creatures; he turned the paradigms of cinema upside down with The Flicker, a film composed of only black and white frames; his development and practice of Just Intonation and Minimalism through his work with Stockhausen and La Monte Young still has the music establishment scratching their heads; his pivotal role in the formation of The Velvet Underground has directly or indirectly influenced everyone who has picked up a guitar since; as an early adopter of activist public access television he democratized the emerging medium of portable video.
Utilizing intimate footage of Tony and his collaborators shot over the last twenty-two years, as well as his own archive of recordings and films, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical approach to art making. The non-linear structure allows Conrad to wildly free associate his streams of consciousness, revealing an honest and humane way of navigating a remarkable, creative life.
You might know Neil Campbell for his work as Astral Social Club, his collaborations with Richard Youngs, Matthew Bower and Julian Bradley, his input on numerous Smell & Quim records, or as a member of Vibracathedral Orchestra. He's a celebrated pillar of fringe music, and has been instrumental in defining the modern shape of electrified art music in the UK.
Armantas Gečiauskas aka Arma is the sound performance artist and curator from Lithuania active since 1998. His musical activities began from zine publishing and running record labels. Currently he is performing as "Arma Agharta" and organizing events under "Agharta" (since 2009). Also, since 2016 Arma is the member of Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists' Association. His live shows stands between musique concrete and DIY shamanism. Odd costumes and gestures work along with serious live electronic soundscapes improvised with soviet vintage electronics, acoustic objects and circuit bent gear.
The Singing Island
The Singing Island perform "Music for swirling drone pipes", a piece for percussion and multiple hosepipes, inspired by the work of Tony Conrad.