Ø.20 is this Wednesday 12th September with Tirzah & friends, Ize and El-B, featuring an installation piece by Venus Ex Machina titled 'Strange Fruit'. Advance tickets are available here.
Tomorrow night at Corsica Studios we are joined by Tirzah and friends for a live set, Ize (live) and a dj set from garage pioneer El-B. The installation 'Strange Fruit' by Venus Ex Machina
The Essex-born performer has been at the centre of the vital post-grime and UK garage sound of London for the better half of a decade but it’s only now that her work has come to full fruition. Her recent album Devotion produced with Mica Levi was years in the making, recorded mostly in the shared houses and makeshift studios of her South London crew of artists and friends, and is a downbeat excursion into the moody inner life of an unusually talented lyricist.
El-B is a legendary South London producer and DJ. He was at the helm of the dark garage sound of the late 90s and early 2000s with his crew/label Ghost Recordings, and has been massively influential on Burial and the birth of Hyperdub as a label.
Venus Ex Machina Venus Ex Machina is a Scottish-born composer, engineer, and educator based in London, UK. She has presented projects with Channel 4, Institute for Contemporary Art, Wysing Arts Centre, CTM Festival, and the V & A Museum. She was a member of the recording act, Golden Teacher, and composed and produced on their acclaimed releases on Optimo Music. She is a researcher at the Centre for Digital Music, University of London where her interests include wireless interactive systems, urban sound environments and music neuroscience.
Venus Ex Machina - Strange Fruit
Strange Fruit is a personal remembrance of the young black lives impacted by racial profiling, in July 2018. During the performance the artist will read a series of GPS coordinates set against a body of electronic sound and processed field recordings. Taken from an online London Metropolitan Police database, the GPS coordinates represent the locations where 284 “more thorough stop-and-searches” were conducted - i.e. searches where intimate body parts are exposed - on 284 young black people aged 15 to 24, with no further action taken. The title of the piece honours the song that was popularised by Billie Holiday in 1939, protesting the lynching of African Americans. The aim of this piece is to redress the gap between the detached inhumanity of police statistics, and the life-altering brutality that they represent.