Artists Lauren Bon and Richard Skelton announced to perform at Saisonscape, a series of three investigations into sonic arts, working with partners Fat Out Till You Pass Out and De La Warr Pavilion touring venues in London, Manchester, Bexhill on Sea. Beginning 29th January 2015, each installation focuses on a theme inspired by the season it takes place in.
In the first edition of the series, working in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, we explore the theme of Beauty in the Bleak with artist Lauren Bon’s Requiem for Water. Along the shores of the now dry Owens Lake, at the foothills of the tallest peaks on the North American continent sits an industrial ruin. Lauren Bon’s Requiem For Water has turned these ruins into a musical instrument. This durational sound sculpture is meant to leave a stain upon the silence a sonic remainder of the water that once supported life in this valley.
Requiem for Water is a composition for glacial time. The industrial silos that were built to mine Silica from the dry lakebed have been in disuse for thirty years. The once grand Owens Lake has been dry for one hundred years, the water redirected to Los Angeles. Requiem for Water is a sound offering to mark the centenary of the opening of the LA Aqueduct. It is about the presence of absence. Lauren Bon.
Beauty in the Bleak will be produced in collaboration with BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction programme. A headline artist, to be announced, will be invited to collaborate with Requiem for Water. Their sounds will be broadcast live from the BBC’s Maida Vale studios in London, direct into the silos beside the Owen’s Valley dry lakebed. The resulting composition will be broadcast at 11pm on Thursday 29th of January on Late Junction on BBC Radio 3. In addition, two emerging artists will be selected from an Art Assembly ‘Call Out’ to perform a short set at the recording. These short sessions will also be played out on Radio 3 Late Junction over the course of the following weeks.
Taking place in Spring, the second edition of Saisonscape – Landscape, will reflect on sound born out of, or inspired by, the land, and will be headlined by Richard Skelton performing a suite of new compositions for the series. Over the past decade Skelton has amassed a significant body of work that distills the essence of natural landscapes, from the moors of Lancashire to the fells of Cumbria, the karst terrain of the Burren to the flood-lands of East Anglia.
A key aim to the series as a whole is to support the practice of emerging artists. To that end, support slots at each event of Saisonscape will provide a platform for emerging artists and new work. Art Assembly will host a ‘Call Out’ to invite artists to submit proposals to perform at each of additions. Two artists will be selected by a panel to appear at each event. Details for the first ‘Call Out’ for Beauty in the Bleak can be found on http://www.artassembly.org.uk/saisonscape. Deadline for entries 11th December.
The final summer edition of the Saisonscape will be announced in the coming months.
20 March 2015 – Manchester, Islington Mill hosted by Fat Out Till You Pass Out Tickets
21 March 2015 – Bex Hill on Sea, De La Warr Pavillion Tickets
22 March 2015 – London, St John at Hackney Church hosted by Art Assembly Tickets
For more information or interview opportunities please email Julia@artassembly.org.uk