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.


Wednesday 25 November | EMPRES AWARD 2020 Winner (Sound Art): Piers Kennedy and Rowan Ireland: Crescid: a new audiovisual work after Phumblism (SCPTTHCNTRY)


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This new improvisational work Crescid explores the concept of collaboration in the current moment. Melding found sounds with spoken word, the piece attempts to uncover and provoke necessary questions that we need to ask ourselves within this new normal: What are we? Who are we? How can we stay safe?

Written and recorded in lockdown, Crescid offers a vision of the new normal – where virtual collectivity can enable creativity. Crescid invites a collaborative response to the challenge.