Strange Attractor 4 with Rhodri Davies
Performance: 12 – 4pm, Saturday 5 February • Admission Free
Strange Attractor is a dynamic multi-dimensional series of collaborative ventures between five artists, Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea and David Stalling.
After some very well received collaborative performances with David Toop, Mary Nunan and Stephen Vitiello, the Crawford Gallery are pleased to present the fourth performance of this ongoing series –
Strange Attractor 4 with Rhodri Davies.
Davies plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include a duo with John Butcher, Common Objects, Cranc, a trio with Michael Duch and John Tilbury, Apartment House, The Sealed Knot and a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-Cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. He also performs and researches contemporary music. He has commissioned new works for the harp by: Eliane Radigue, Alison Knowles, Michael Parsons, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone.
His many recordings include ‘Strings with Evan Parker’ (1997/98); ‘Unwanted object’, The Sealed Knot (2004) and ‘Over Shadows’ (2007). Davies also featured in The Invisible Jukebox section of The Wire magazine last August. You can visit his website at www.rhodridavies.com
Strange Attractor, which began in November 2010, continues its monthly series durational sound performances with invited guests, leading to a gallery based exhibition and publication in April 2011. Throughout this project the artists will be working both as a group and as individuals using improvisational sound performance, experimentation with technology and combined media to explore creative possibilities resulting in an experience that offers multiple points of entry for the audience.
The live performances with invited guests open new cross-disciplinary relationships between sound, visual art, music and choreography, has featured internationally renowned artists David Toop and Mary Nunan in December 2010. Future guests include Stephen Vitiello (15 January), Rhodri Davies (5 February), Alessandro Bosetti (5 March), and Steve Roden (2 April). Performances take place from 12 – 4pm and entry to all events is free with the audience invited to move around the space during the performance.
During the month of April there will be a Strange Attractor gallery based exhibition by Kelly, McCarthy, Murphy, O’Shea and Stalling in the Crawford Gallery. This exhibition will further develop the sound and visual possibilities already explored in the performances by using sound installation, still and moving image, video documentation, and further live events in the various spaces of the Crawford Art Gallery. Following on from this there will be a short sequence of live performances during the summer leading to a publication in September. This publication will feature texts by David Toop, Mary Nunan, Paul Hegarty amongst others and a DVD containing recordings from the live performances.
Soundcast 4×4 (+1), a new limited edition audio CD published by Crawford Gallery & Farpoint Recordings with a specially designed foldout sleeve, containing images by Irene Murphy and texts by Francis Halsall and Peter Murray, is now available from the Crawford Gallery Shop and www.farpointrecordings.com