Described as the ‘Diamanda Galas of Glitch’, Iris Garrelfs’ begun improvising with voice very early on. Her parents sang in the village choir, and would often practice at home with Iris making up new melodies, 2nd and 3rd voices to whatever was being sung.
Just in time for International Women’s Day 2017, Jude Cowan Montague and myself created a film called Paw’s Off. It uses an improvisation by us two live on air at The News Agents, on Resonance FM during the woman’s march on 21st January 2017, responding to tweets and other media outlets. We’ve combined this with […]
Bifurcation of Time is a collection of text-based works developed during the collaborative, international residency project Soundscapes Landscapes (City Above Life Below) in Athens, Greece. The project, instigated by Greek media art collective Medea Electronique in conjunction with the Onassis Cultural Centre sought to create a works for a series of site-specific mobile phone walks and a VR experience; […]
Faulty Retrieval is a compilation track for Linear Obsessional. Released 24 December 2016 on Utterances amongst 111 other fabulous artists and their works. I’ve been singing a lot recently, various old tunes to brighten up dark days. But, my grip on words is tenuous at the best of times so whilst happily singing away, the lyrics […]
Site specific sonic post-Dada madness with Iris Garrelfs and Jude Cowan Montague. “Oddest moment was that I was complaining about the fact that I’d forgotten about the Dada event the previous day, then we rushed in to watch those women do that thingy…” About a performance at Linear Obsessional Live in the Park No.11.
An extract of my first ever duo with the excellent Poulomi Desai (modified sitar + electronics) from Salon des Refusés/Sonica FM in 2015 was released on the Finnish label Tavern Eightieth in spring 2016. The double CD is full of other superb artists and their music (including AGF, Richard Sanderson), all in aid of Alzheimer’s UK. Buy double CD here To buy the single bandcamp click […]
Otzi is an an audio-visual work developed for the MuseRuole Festival at Museion Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano/Italy, on 27th May 2016. It is inspired by the story of the Ötzi the ieceman, an extremely well-preserved natural mummy who was found buried in ice in the nearby Ötztal Alps (hence the name). His body and belongings are […]
Lauschen: Listening/Eavesdropping was an improvised performance for traffic, voice and listening cones at Lausch II, Lewisham Art House, London, UK (April 2016). The performance also incorporated acousmatic sounds surrounding the audience, in the form of hidden blue bluetooth speakers. Find a video documenting the performance here: More to come.
Room 61 was a site-specific performance at the National Gallery, as part of Soundscapes Late. The event took place in Room 61 of the Sainsbury Wing (see floor plan) in September 2015. As a live response to images in these galleries, the piece includes growling lions, lute music, readings from a Middle Age treatise on painting and […]
Smoke and Fog are two experimental documentaries come audio-visual poems made from original photographic documentation. Each soundtrack presents a digitally transmuted vocal response to these images, referencing the equally smokey jazz clubs of the time by fragmenting a popular jazz standard of the period.. The project is part of a JISC-funded CREAM project to explore the use of Actively Used Metadata in research and other creative processes. READ MORE HERE
Remote Listening is new project, which is still in development. It involves participants calling me on a mobile phone within a set timeframe (one week for example), and me describing my environment to them. I envisage this as a kind of one-on-one performance poetry kind of experience. Here is a very short and rough example […]
Eclipse is a site-specific performance commissioned by Radio Arts for Switched On at the Beaney Art Museum in Canterbury, UK. Juxtaposing the universe with mundane everyday life, the performance combines readings from Canterbury’s local newspapers (including personal ads) with sounds of the solar system with and musings about the recent solar eclipse. The following text was read as […]
From 2nd-6th February 2015, during a residency for Tate Britain’s Radio City Season, I developed the Listening Room, a space for visitors to bring me objects and their stories around the theme of “hearing”. These might be pictures, stones, sticks, in fact anything imaginable! I was at hand to record the stories and I later created a 4-channel […]
Breathing Through Wires is an album of live improvised and processed voice performances, recorded in the UK between 2012 and 2014. Some were recorded through the mixing desk, others in the room. The titles refer to either event or venue. It was released on net label of the year 2014 Pan Y Rosas Discos. Expect to […]
For Forms of Ventriloquism Iris Garrelfs re-interprets the relationships between puppeteer and dummy, performer and score, by “throwing her voice” (as the act of ventriloquizing is also known) and giving expression to another time, another place, and another’s experience. These were relayed by visual and textual recordings of the initial activities. Iris Garrelfs now zooms into their fragmented traces, which become unwitting scores and prompts to a performative transposition of place.” For more information, click here