Full of Noises – Archive Night #2
With: Leslie Deere, Helen Petts, Mary Stark, These Feathers Have Plumes
& FoN book launch
Sat 8th Oct
19:30 – 22:30
Tickets: £6 / £4 concessions
Since starting life in the former canteen building of a Trident submarine plant in 2009, Cumbria’s Full of Noises has presented new work by over two hundred sound artists, composers and musicians. To celebrate the launch of a publication looking back at the festival’s first seven years, we’re bringing Full of Noises to Islington Mill for a special event featuring film screenings and live performances.
Artist filmmaker Helen Petts presents a new film compiled from archive footage alongside Solo Soprano, a film portrait of Lol Coxhill commissioned for FoN in 2013. Live performances come from These Feathers Have Plumes (Andie Brown), creating sonic landscapes from glass and electronics, gesture based live sound from Leslie Deere and a 16mm film performance exploring optical sound created from fabric and stitch patterns by Mary Stark.
Join us to relive some of the festival’s many strange and beautiful moments, or if you’ve never made it as far as Barrow-in-Furness, sample a few of the exciting things that have been going on in our remote corner of the world.
Andie Brown has been performing and recording as a solo-artist since 2007, under the name These Feathers Have Plumes, primarily working with glass and electronics. Andie performs regularly and has played in both the UK and Europe, including at Full of Noises Festival in Cumbria, the De La Warr Pavilion and Cafe OTO. Additionally, Andie has collaborated live with a diverse range of artists, including Sophie Cooper & Joincey in Remedial Queen of England, Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, Phil Julian, Piotr Kurek and Adam Bohman. In 2015 Andie played in a percussion and glass ensemble, conducted by Steve Beresford for Christian Marclay at White Cube Gallery.
Leslie Deere Leslie is a London based artist with a background in performing arts and dance, though working in a wide range of other disciplines related to sonic art, collage, interactivity and sculpture. She also works with motion arts and photography, and is involved in hacking culture. Commissions include installations for Kew Gardens, Sound UK and London Fashion Week. Leslie has been a Sound and Music Embedded Artist in Residence at the Music Hackspace in London for the past year and most recently performed at the Whitstable Biennale, Cafe Oto and Fort Process in Brighton.
Helen Petts is an artist film-maker who explores rhythm, texture, sound and chance events, both in the landscape and in her long standing relationship with the free improvisation music community. A former television director of arts programmes, she now regularly shows her own art work at film and music festivals as well as in gallery installations. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College and Film at Westminster University. Her work is distributed by Lux Artists Moving Image.
Mary Stark is an artist filmmaker with a background in textile practice based at Rogue Studios, Manchester. Since 2012 Mary has been making 16mm film performances exploring optical sound created from fabric and stitch patterns. The filmmaking technology of optical sound involves visual forms in the soundtrack area of the filmstrip transforming into noise through film projection. Mary’s performances summon absent voices and obsolete industries, involving 16mm film projection, light and shadow, mechanical noise and music associated with textile production. In September 2014 Mary undertook a four week artist residency at LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD). Mary is studying a practice as research PhD with MIRIAD at Manchester School of Art. Recent shows include Supernormal Festival of Experimental Arts & Music, Contact Festival of New Experimental Film and Video, a specially commissioned camera-less 35mm film in response to the Delia Derbyshire Archive, Mono No Aware exhibition of Expanded Cinema in New York and a performance in a makeshift darkroom in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland.