Join Focal Point Gallery at Twenty One on Thursday 8 December for two live performances by Joe Namy and Nastassja Simensky who are both exhibiting in Receiver, the current FPG exhibition on view until Friday 23 December.
Nastassja Simensky and Rebecca Lee perform a selection of sonic fieldnotes from Rings on Water.
Rings on Water was originally commissioned by Focal Point Gallery for our experimental FPG Sounds programme. It builds on Nastassja and Rebecca’s previous collaborations, drawing on their shared interest in time, listening, material culture and land-use. Rings on Water uses a variety of recording and transmission technologies, from FM radio, magnetic tape, coil receivers, hydrophones and contact mics to traverse the protected saltmarshes and shale banks of the Dengie Peninsula and industrial arable land. Slow Scan Television and the politics of ‘radio’ as a means of transmission, translation and interference are used in these sonic fieldnotes to consider the material legacies of changing land-use and energy production in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex.
Joe Namy will perform Plant Dubs with Jana Salah.
Joe Namy and Jana Saleh will perform a set for drums, bass, and electronics playing rhythms for growth and regeneration, interpreting traditional and contemporary harvest songs and healing rituals. This performance is based on Namy’s installation Dub Plants + Estuary Acoustic Radio, currently on view at Focal Point Gallery, which explores the historically connected kinship between radio culture and agriculture.
Find out more about the artists here.