EMPRES: The Art of Noises V(irtual)

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Oxford University’s EMPRES Collective and Modern Art Oxford once more join forces to present a series of innovative performances and installations that explore the boundaries between music, art and technology.

This time they are joined by celebrated performance artist and researcher Atau Tanaka; film-makers Henrietta Williams and Merijn Royyards; and finalists of the EMPRES Prize 2020 – a call-for-works ran during the first 2020 lockdown focusing on Collaboration, Collectivity and the Digital Arts.

Individual events will be streamed nightly on YouTube through the week, all starting at 7:30pm.


Tuesday 24 November, 7.30pm | EMPRES AWARD 2020 Winner (Experimental Electronic Music): SALINGER and Xactus: fission 

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fission [versions 1.1-4.2] (2020—ongoing) is an online collaboration between SALINGER (Jonathan Packham) and Xactus (Alex Saad). 

Due to the pandemic, Packham and Saad have had to move their in-person collaborative practice online. Rather than aiming to replicate real-life studio sessions through digital technologies, fission aims to explore the sonic implications of a more unconventional approach.

Starting with a 100 second audio file (fission 1.1.wav), produced by Saad and sent to Packham, the file was cut, altered, added to by Packham, before being sent back again. This new version was subject to the same process again, with new elements, alterations, and additions radically reconstituting the track with each successive iteration. Crucially, with each new version editing individual layers of the previous iteration becomes impossible. fission is the multi-layered product of their collaborative work.