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Artist Biographies Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanaian artist. He has exhibited, performed and presented projects in: Tate Britain/Modern; Hauptbahnhof (dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel); Iniva; ICA; Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Project Space; Westergasfabriek (Amsterdam); Ausland (Berlin); and the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation (Accra). As a collaborative singularity, AMAE focuses on the tensions generated in marginalised bodies by heteronormative society. AMAE’s research contaminates traditional languages of art communication (poetry, video, sound, photography, installation, performance) with mass media via photographic works and performances, which are often broadcast live on the web. The works – which have been shown widely – explore the theory of the Self, the perception of sexuality and the therapeutic influence of art in the construction of identity. Laurie Anderson is an American experimental artist, composer and musician. Initially trained as a sculptor, Anderson began making performance art from the late 1960s, also making sculptures, films, and electronic adaptations of the violin. She became widely known in 1981 when her single “O Superman” reached number two on the UK pop charts, since when she has made a reputation from multimedia performances with albums recorded for Warner and Nonesuch. Robert Ashley (1930-2014) was a distinguished figure in American contemporary music, with an international reputation for his work in new forms of opera and other multidisciplinary projects, including his groundbreaking “operas for television”. His recorded works are acknowledged classics of language in a musical setting. Ed Atkins’ works in video, sound, drawing and writing develop a discourse around High Definition. He was selected for New Contemporaries in 2010, since when his work has been shown at: Sculpture Center, NY; The ICA; Cabinet Gallery; Frieze Film; Channel 4; Tate Britain; Chisenhale; Bonn Kunstverein; Artist Space (NY); MoMA PS1 (NY); Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie (Berlin); Temple Bar Gallery (Dublin) and Kunsthalle Zürich. In 2012 he won the inaugural ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ video commission from Film & Video Umbrella and Jerwood Projects, and received a Paul Hamlyn Award. Samuel Beckett (1906-89) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director and poet. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour. He is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Sam Belinfante has performed and exhibited widely, including group shows in: Stoltzestrasse 11 (Frankfurt); REMAP (Athens); BALTIC (Gateshead); Ikon (Birmingham); and Tate Britain (London), and live events at Milton Keynes Gallery, ICA, and Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge). His curatorial projects act as an extension of his studio practice and combine performance, choreography and collaboration. Other projects have included Notations and The Voice and Nothing More in collaboration with Neil Luck (Slade, London), LOOPs (Chelsea Space, London) and The Scuttler, with boyleANDshaw (ICA, London). Fiona Bevan is a singer-songwriter from Suffolk, who lives in Hackney. She wrote, with Ed Sheeran, the song “Little Things” which became a number-one single for English-Irish boy band One Direction. She also performed on Gwyneth Herbert’s 2013 album The Sea Cabinet, sharing writing credits on two of the songs. Her solo releases include the 2011 EP Us and the Darkness. David Bickerstaff is an artist and award-winning filmmaker who founded Atomictv in 1997 as an umbrella organisation for developing digital art projects and collaborations. His documentary work and video installations have been broadcast in Britain and shown in many international festivals and exhibitions, including the Wellcome Collection, Onedotzero, Festival International du Film sur L’Art Montreal, and the documentary fortnight at MoMA (NY). He was a member of the 2004 BAFTA judging panel for Interactive Art and is currently a Creative Director at Newangle Productions.

David Blandy produces video, performances and comics that deal with his problematic relationship with popular culture, highlighting the slippage and tension between fantasy and the reality of everyday life. David has exhibited widely, including shows at: The Baltic, Gateshead; the Liverpool Biennial; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; and Platform China Project Space, Beijing. Christian Bök is an experimental Canadian poet. He is the author of Eunoia, which won the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, and which has been said to be "Canada's best-selling poetry book ever." Don Boyd is a Scottish film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist. He is a Governor of the London Film Schooln a Visiting Professor in Film at Exeter University, and a council member of the Directors’ Guild. Boyd has directed and/or produced 30 feature films, including Alan Clarke's Scum, Derek Jarman's The Tempest, and the multi-directorial film Aria, working with many of world cinema’s greatest directors and actors. Sonia Boyce is a British Afro-Caribbean artist. Her early work addresses issues of race, ethnicity and contemporary urban experience expressed in large pastel drawings and photographic collages, questioning racial stereotypes in the media and in day-to-day life. Her work has since incorporated a variety of media – photographs, collages, films, prints, drawings, installation and sound – with recent work making the audience an integral part of the artwork, collaboratively between artist, vocalists and audience. Sophie Clements is a visual artist whose work occupies a space somewhere between filmmaking, sculpture and sound. Her work has been shown in galleries and venues internationally, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with a number of composers/sound artists. She is a tutor at Central St Martins College of Art, and is the artistic director of the MAPmaking group (Music, Arts and Performance). Laura Cooper's art practice embraces performance, video, sound, drawing and installation. Recent residencies include Shrewsbury International School British Council Thailand) and SAP International (Seoul). Recent Performances and exhibitions include Upstanding (Camden Arts Centre) and A Hunt (Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool). Adam de la Cour is a composer and performer, predominantly interested in absurdity and satire, often writing pieces that involve himself as performer/participant and often victim. His music has been performed in eleven different countries, at major venues and festivals. He also performs and writes music with/for Zipperface, ARCO, The Bishop of X***, Schopenhauer, Gastro, Mowgli, and has been broadcast on Resonance FM and BBC Radio 3. Amy Cunningham is a multidisciplinary artist who uses the singing voice and visual art to explore gaps and glitches in forms, media and ideas. Currently the focus of her practice is the role and representation of women in the assimilation of technology into culture, through performance installations for voice, sound and video. She founded the Voice Laboratory in 2009, and is Senior Lecturer in Music and Visual Art, University of Brighton. Luke Deane is a composer and a pupil of Howard Skempton. He has performed on stages, in art galleries, car parks, over a network and even on a departing train. This year, Luke has read peoples fortunes by candlelight, cut up a pineapple to music and hung out of a window dressed as Mozart. Leo Gabin have worked as a collective since the early 2000s, and teach as a collective at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. Leo Gabin push romantic notions of artistic inspiration aside and create works that use aggregated social media content to provoke the imagination. In doing so, the works that emerge expose the often unsavory nature of the content that our colleagues, friends and teenagers are openly putting online.

Film director, screenwriter and critic, Jean-Luc Godard is often identified with the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague. In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics’ top ten directors of all time. David Gryn, Artprojx, screens, curates and promotes artists’ moving image and other art projects, working with contemporary art galleries, museums, art fairs and artists worldwide. Current projects include: Art Basel in Miami Beach Film, Moscow Museum Nights, A Central Saint Martins Film Festival, Estonian Artists Film Club Society NYC, Artprojx Radio. Werner Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than 60 feature- and documentary films, such as Aguirre, Nosferatu, Fitzcarraldo, Lessons Of Darkness, My Best Fiend, Invincible, Grizzly Man, Encounters At The End Of The World, and Cave Of Forgotten Dreams. He has published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. Linda Hirst’s career as a singer began during the Early Music revival of the early ‘70s, with Roger Norrington, John Eliot Gardiner and David Munrow. From 1974-78 she was a Swingle Singer; she then co-founded Electric Phoenix. With both groups she travelled the world, leading to work with many living composers, and becoming internationally renowned, in particular for her performances of contemporary music.

 She has performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading orchestras, conductors and chamber ensembles. Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008) was one of the major figures in new music of the last 50 years. Growing up in Buenos Aires in the 1940s and '50s, where the writer Jorge Luis Borges was one of his teachers, he moved to Europe in 1957 and quickly established himself at Cologne, the rallying point for young composers at the time. He embraced multiple serialism, aleatory techniques and electronics, but he is best known for his pioneering explorations in music theatre, radio play, film and mixed media. Mikhail Karikis’ work includes video installation, performance art, photography, drawing and music. Recent projects have been shown at: Manifesta 9; Venice Biennale; Whitechapel Gallery; Barbican; Royal Opera House; Spitalfields Festival; 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeju Island (S. Korea). Since the first release of his music by Bjork in 2005, his music releases have included his debut Orphica (2007, Sub Rosa), Morphica (2009) – nominated for a Qwartz Electronic Music Award. Artist, composer, musician and performer, Lina Lapelyte says of her practice, ‘it can be placed ‘inbetween’; in-between classical and experimental, music and fine art, composing and improvising.’ Initially trained as a classical violinist in Lithuania, Lapelyte showed an interest in experimental music from early on. Questioning the importance of musical training became another strand in her work, leading her to incorporate untrained performers in unorthodox ways. Simon Lewandowski is an artist based in London whose practice encompasses making useful things and useless things, making things that move and things that look as if they are moving. Solo exhibitions include ‘The Reversing Machine’ (with Sam Belinfante), Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin (2012) ‘Giochi, Passatempi, Harbingers’ Nowhere Gallery, Milan (2011), ‘HOTEL/MOTEL/MOTET’ installation and animated film with poet Richard Price, “Humbermouth” Literary Festival, Hull (2008), ‘The Imagining Machine: an Investigation’, East Street Arts, Leeds (2008), ‘Crimes of Futility No.8: The ArtistMachine’, City Art Gallery, Leeds (2006).

Barry Lewis is a photojournalist and film-maker working worldwide. He co-founded Network, which became a leading forum for the exploration of all aspects of photography, from portraiture to landscape, corporate documentation to campaign assets. Loré Lixenberg has worked with Theatre de Complicite, comedians (Richard Thomas, Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee), and experimental artists (Stelarc, Bruce McLean, David Toop), as well as performing works by leading composers – from Aperghis to Gerald Barry, Earle Brown to Birtwistle – at new music

festivals worldwide. She is director-residence for the physical music theatre group SCENATET (Copenhagen) and has given acclaimed performances of works by John Cage. Neil Luck is a composer, performer and director. He has presented work at music venues, festivals and galleries internationally including the ICA, Kings Place, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, LSO St. Lukes, BBC Cut&Splice festival, in Vilnius as part of the 2009 Capital of Culture celebrations, the Tokyo Experimental Festival, and on BBC Radio 3. David Lynch is an American film and television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Ed McKeon is a music curator, producer, and broadcaster, and co-director of Third Ear Music. He has commissioned over 100 works and presented over 200 performances and events, working with artists at the beginning and at the height of their careers, in the UK and internationally. Bruce McLean is a Scottish sculptor, performance artist, filmmaker and painter. Rbelling against what appeared to be the formalist academicism of his teachers, including Anthony Caro and Phillip King, in 1965 he abandoned conventional studio production in favour of impermanent sculptures using materials such as water, along with performances of a generally satirical nature directed against the art world. From the mid 1970s, McLean has turned increasingly to painting/sculpture and film work, winning the John Moores Painting Prize in 1985. Vocalist Elaine Mitchener is noted for her mixture of styles drawing from sources as varied as contemporary new music, gospel, soul, jazz, and experimental/free improvisation. In recent years she has worked with Steve Beresford, Frederic Blondy, John Butcher, Attila Csihar, Dam van Huynh, Max Eastley, John Edwards, Luc Ex, Bobby Few, Luca Francesconi, Heiner Goebbels, Henry Grimes, Wouter van Looy, Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, David Moss, Lauren Newton, Maggie Nichols, Evan Parker, Hasse Poulsen, Edward Perraud, Mark Sanders, David Toop and Roger Turner. Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading voices in European philosophy of the last thirty years, and he has influenced a range of fields, including theology, aesthetics, and political theory. Shirin Neshat is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York and whose work is shown worldwide. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography. Rashaad Newsome has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at venues including: The Whitney (NY); PS1MoMA (NY); The Kitchen (NY); Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; Centre Pompidou (Paris); Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Moscow); Venice Biennale; and Fondation Cartier, Paris. Sampling heavily from hip-hop and Pop culture, he selects and appropriates a disparate array of visual components, restructuring them into recognizable statements and symbols. Tameka Norris has shown her work at the Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans); and group shows including at the Contemporary Art Museum (Houston); Third Streaming Gallery (NY); Hammer Museum, (LA); and Skowhegan (Maine). Jayne Parker is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been widely shown, both nationally and internationally, in major art institutions, on television and in film and music festivals. In 2003 she was the recipient of the 1871 Fellowship, researching the relationship between music and film, hosted by the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford and the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008 she completed Trilogy: Kettle's Yard, premiered at London Film Festival, and in 2011 she presented a retrospective of her films at the BFI Southbank as part of Maya Deren: 50 Years On. Jessica Ann Peavy has exhibited across the US including Rush Arts, PPOW, The Kitchen, The Contemporary Art Museum (Houston) and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art where she was included in the acclaimed exhibition Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women and the Moving

Image Since 1970. Peavy’s solo exhibitions include Smack Mellon Gallery, Momenta Art, and Collette Blanchard Gallery. Helen Petts is an artist film-maker who often works in collaboration with free improvising musicians, but who also makes very solitary work in the landscape. Her work explores rhythm, texture, sound and chance events and often involves long, intense, close-up images. Her films and videos have been seen in many festivals both at home and abroad, including at the Hatton Gallery (Newcastle), Tate Britain, and Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art (Trondheim). Pier Giorgio De Pinto is a trans-disciplinary artist, performer, curator, theorist and media trainer. He uses new media as a “thinking medium”, involving the audience to create performative experiences and immersive environments. De Pinto’s work has been shown in galleries and at events across Europe, in Canada and Armenia. Elizabeth Price studied at the Ruskin School of Art, RCA, and University of Leeds. In 2004, Price won the Jerwood Artists Platform Prize. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Washington), MOT (London), Galerie Neudecker (Gelsenkirchen), Kunsthalle Basel, Frieze Art Fair (London), Whitechapel Gallery, Ikon (Birmingham), Tate Britain, and recently toured to Japan. She won the Turner Prize in 2012 along with a Paul Hamlyn Award, and in 2013 was given the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award. Laure Prouvost is known for films and installations characterised by richly layered stories, translation, and surreal moments. Her unconventional approach to text, montage, cinematic conventions, and imagery create a distinct visual language that is engaged in an ongoing conversation with the history of art and literature. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2002, her work has been exhibited extensively across the UK and internationally. Prouvost won the Turner Prize in 2013. Jennifer Reeder is a filmmaker and visual artist from Ohio. She constructs very personal narratives about landscapes, coincidence and trauma. Her work has been shown at: the Moderna Museet (Stockholm); The New York Video Festival; Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna); The 2000 Biennial at the Whitney Museum (NY); and the 48th International Venice Biennial. Dante Rendle Traynor’s performance-based practice explores the slip in meaning and authority between the spoken, sung, or simply vocalising voice, and its entertainment value. The audience is implicated in nonsensical but strangely enticing systems. Since graduating from The Slade School Of Fine Art, he has shown work at Camden Arts Center, Parasol unit and Victorian Vaults, as well as performing in and out of the city with his experimental lounge band, The Golden Boys. Sepideh Saii is a multi-disciplinary artist working between Vancouver and London. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Canada, the US and Japan. Saii appropriates popular feature films by inserting herself literally into the big picture in place of characters that are projected onto her body as she acts out the scenes with them. Albanian artist Anri Sala’s video works represent his thoughts on the transitory and ephemeral characters of life, using music to subvert and confound the audiences’ perceptions. His works are also considered to be about place and identity, questioning the relationship between consciousness and the landscape. His work has been featured prominently at galleries and art fairs worldwide. Scanner is a composer and artist whose work traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space and image. His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. He is currently a Visiting Artist at MIT, USA. Terry Smith has since 1978 produced major projects for the Tate Modern, the British Museum and galleries the world over, particularly in South America. Known for his signature sculptures cut directly

into the plaster of walls, Smith is constantly experimenting with medium and has used film, audio and varied materials for his work. Smith won the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2008. Michael Snow is considered one of Canada's most important living artists, and one of the world's leading experimental filmmakers. His wide-ranging and multidisciplinary oeuvre explores the possibilities inherent in different mediums and genres, and encompasses film and video, painting, sculpture, photography, writing, and music. Snow's practice comprises a thorough investigation into the nature of perception. Imogen Stidworthy makes videos, sound works and installations that examine aspects of spoken language such as the sound of the voice, losing, gaining and regaining language, and acts or processes of translation. Stidworthy has shown widely in major exhibitions including Documenta 12 (2007). In 2010/11 solo exhibitions have included: (.) at Matts Gallery, London; The Work, at Kunstpavillon Innsbruck; Imogen Stidworthy, at Arnolfini Bristol, and Barrabackslarrabang, at Galerie Akinci Amsterdam. Sam Taylor-Johnson has had numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, and the Turner Prize (1998). She has received solo exhibitions worldwide, from the Hirshhorn (Washington) to MCA (Sydney), Hayward Gallery to the State Russian Museum (St Petersburg). David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator who has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance. He has published five books, released eight solo albums, and writes as a critic for many publications. Exhibitions he has curated include: Sonic Boom (Hayward, London); Playing John Cage (Arnolfini, Bristol); and Blow Up (Flat-Time House, London). His opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed at Aldeburgh in September 2012. Maya Verlaak studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and now lives and works in Birmingham. She makes her own electronic instruments / acoustic installations and writes pieces for them. She also composes for fixed media and classical instruments; ensemble music, orchestral music or solo instruments and likes to incorporate theatrical elements in her compositions. In 2012-2013 Verlaak was composer-in-residence at Stichting Grasland, Haarlem and at Vrije Academie Den Haag. She is a founder member and Artistic Director of Acid Police Noise Ensemble. Bill Viola is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. For 40 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. His works are shown in museums and galleries worldwide and are found in many distinguished collections. Jennifer Walshe’s work is heavily influenced by the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, focusing on imagined potential or necessary realities and creating their associated artifacts. These artifacts can range from sound works (Walshe’s background is as a composer) to visual works, text, sculpture, fashion and films. Walshe works under both her own name and a wide variety of alter egos, including Freya Birren. Dougal Wilson’s music videos include: Satisfaction for Benny Benassi; Who Am I for Will Young; and others for LCD Sound System, Basement Jaxx, Jarvis Cocker, Bat for Lashes, Goldfrapp and Coldplay. Wilson has twice won: Best Director at the UK Creative and Design Awards; Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival; and two D&AD awards.

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Artists featuring in The Voice and the Lens, 13-15 June 2014

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Artists featuring in The Voice and the Lens, 13-15 June 2014