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18 November 2011

Grand Union, Birmingham

www.grand-union.org.uk

The first in the Open File series at Grand Union, Echoes (Disambiguation) was an evening of sound performances and sonic explorations of the Grand Union project space. Audible and inaudible frequencies, waves and signals permeate the space setting up slippages between the aural, the physical, the perceptible and the invisible.

Interested in ways in which acoustics permeate space, the architecture of the gallery became a vital component in the aural compositions, making explicit the relationship between sonic environments and physical space.

Steven Dickie’s The appropriation of a sonic deterrent for cultural use and a simultaneous attempt to nullify it is a 2 part performance using ultra-high pitched frequencies made by the controversial mosquito device, in combination with bat detectors, specially designed ear enhancers and noise nullifying headphone.

Solina HiFi’s Camp Fire is an audio/visual performance using data collated from the performance space to calculate the space’s theoretical resonant frequencies. Measurements will be gathered and converted into sound and light processed through homemade analogue electronics and a large sound system.

Vasco Alves, Adam Asnan and Louie Rice’s will attempt to activate the space beyond the confines of stereo loudspeaker arrangement; Using flares placed within a context where the sound of their burning is elevated to primary interest. Accompanied/contrasted with electroacoustic material, the light and smoke produced will engage with the architecture where the sound cannot.