"September" apart from being a classic Earth Wind and Fire song, is going to be a busy month for the Sampler - Culture Clash project.
I'm taking part in the the Archive Fever II conference at Goldsmiths on Friday 12th. My presentation will focus on the art of crate diggin', and the current trend of creating on-line archives of information, on sites such as you tube, rather than collections of physical objects. This throws up the thorny problem of the passionate enthusiast's desire to put stuff out into the public realm vs the owners of the copyright asking for it to be withdrawn. As result in many cases you have temporary archives - there one minute gone the next.
More info on the conference here: Archive Fever II
The second event is the Sampler - Culture Clash work in progress event on Thursday 18th September at London Printworks in Brixton. See flyer below for more info. The idea behind the event is to present some of the stuff we've been working on over the last six months and to engage the audience in helping to develop the project. We'll present a free-improvised performance mixing up embroidery, pattern into sound, beat-boxing, performance poetry, sampling, film clips and break dancing from a selection of Brixton B-Girls. I'm very excited to say that Rob Rainbow (ex-Light Surgeons) will be providing live visuals on the evening.
During the event, you'll have the chance to create patterns, a selection of which we'll turn into sound to use as a starting point for the performance; take part in creating a huge embroidered sampler and learn some new stitches working with some of the embroiderers and create your own poetry using cut 'n' paste techniques. There will be guest dj's droppin' their favourite breaks. I've no idea how it's going to go, it's going to be messy but it'll be fun.
We'd love to see you.