— Sam Belinfante + Elaine Mitchener

Friday, 3 June 2016, 8pm
Kachette, 347 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP

Responding to the festival’s theme of The Future Perfect, Sam Belinfante will work with the renowned vocal and movement artist Elaine Mitchener to present an evening of performances that unpick the relationships between sound, language and technology. At the core of this event will be a series of improvisations that place Mitchener and Belinfante in direct opposition through a set of formal one-to-one setups, ranging from interview-type situations to the more intimate and intensive arrangements of psychoanalysis and interrogation. In-ear feedback technology will provide private, random directions to each performer, whilst allowing for moments of serendipitous synchronicity. This event will also include a movement of Elaine Mitchener’s extraordinary new work Industrialising Intimacy. Throughout this work, Mitchener investigates the loss of privacy in our society versus the strength of true intimacy in a world undoubtedly hyper-mediated through and by communication technologies. Additional interventions will be provided by composer and performer Neil Luck, whose Selected Poems are musical settings of his most disconnected thoughts and fantasies.

With thanks to Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz and the Wellcome Collection.

Image credit: Arron Leppard

Sam Belinfante lives and works in London. Alongside filmmaking and photographic work, Belinfante’s practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include The Curves of the Needle at BALTIC 39, Newcastle, The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, London (both 2015) and the solo show Many Chambers, Many Mouths, Southard Reid, London (2013). Recent performances include The Full Gamut at Camden Arts Centre, London (2015) and Corpus Sonus at Whitechapel Gallery (2015). Belinfante also won the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open.

Elaine Mitchener is a vocal and movement artist whose unique approach draws you into a world, which promises to intrigue and bemuse the listener. Melding jazz, gospel, free improvisation, experimental and contemporary dance/new music, she has worked with many of the best known names in contemporary music and arts, a diverse range from Irvine Arditti, Heiner Goebbels to director Deborah Warner, Goldie and Christian Marclay. Recent performances include Exquisite Cacophony, Venice Biennale (2015), Drunked [If these glasses could speak], White Cube, London; Of Leonardo da Vinci at WP Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo.

Neil Luck is a composer and performer based in London. His practice focuses on the theatrical and physiological nature of live performance, fallible bodies, the pathetic and the esoteric. Neil has written for a range of soloists and ensembles in the UK and abroad, and has presented his work at international music venues, festivals and galleries. Neil is the founder and director of ARCO, an ensemble focusing on experimental approaches to music-theatre. Neil is also a co-founder of squib-box; a netlabel and cooperative dedicated to the production and dissemination of radical and avant-garde music.