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Instal08 - 6 Reasons Why

The Arches, Glasgow, Fri 15-Sun 17 Feb 2008

Instal’s three day festival of left-field sound has consistently revisited ideas explored by the avant-garde half a century ago. This year they focus particularly on attempted subversions of bog-standard us-n’them gig protocol in a multitude of ways.

1 Personal Space – You’ll have missed Edinburgh minimalists Usurper performing in a skip beside cartoonist Bud Neill’s Lobey Dosser statue of cartoonist in Glasgow’s west end, but if you’re quick you’ll still catch Blood Stereo’s pilgrimage to the Blackburn community hall they grew up beside.

2 Self-Cancellation – In which founder of auto-destructive art Gustav Metzger co-opts musicians such as John Butcher and Rhodri Davis to negate the creative act itself. Tubas will be filled with sand. Ice will melt.

3 Translation – Sound poetry and sound art snuggle up via poet Kenneth Goldsmith, text-based artist Simon Morris and others rewiring the word.

4 Energy Births Form – A wig-out by any other name, as Borbetomagus’ Donald Dietrich, ex Albert Ayler sideman Alan Silva and Hijokaidan offshoot Incapacitants play together and separately over a marathon three hours.

5 Marginal Consort – Zenned-out one-off by Japanese trio who mix bamboo percussion with electronics to weave hypnotic shapes from an extended drone.

6 Golden Cherry Ball – Matt Valentine and Erika Elder hang with neo-jug band The Cherry Blossoms and Richard Youngs in a recreation of their living room when they’ll just, like, do whatever, and see what happens.

Sounds like a blast.

The List, issue 596, 14 Feb 2008



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