Somerset House Studios presents ASSEMBLY, five days of sound and performance extolling the best in contemporary electronic and experimental music and the makers behind it. Bringing together Studios artists, international talent and forward-thinking audiences, ASSEMBLY’s multi-disciplinary programme presents newly commissioned works alongside several first performances and UK premieres.
ASSEMBLY runs from the 14th to the 18th of November. See details of the full programme below.
Wednesday Nov 14th
RAGE: PUCE MARY, NAKED + JOHN BENCE
Utilising the architecture of the Deadhouse, an underground tunnel beneath the Somerset House courtyard housing the remnants of a former chapel, ASSEMBLY opens with a ceremonial procession through viscerality, frenzy, unsettling narratives, and power struggle, with the self, loved ones and societal forces. Each corridor of the space will be owned by a different act, each act taking you to the edge, where the deepest parts of you are triggered, frightened, caressed, and liberated.
NAKED debut new performance and installation The Cage, an intense and visceral experience, aiming to create an unflinching statement of self-empowerment in the face of systematic oppression. Danish experimental artist Puce Mary performs a London premiere of her new LP The Drought(PAN) and composer and producer John Bence performs his new release, Kill.
Thursday Nov 15th
LOTIC & RODERICK GEORGE: EMBRYOGENESIS
Performed in the UK for the first time at Somerset House Studios’ ASSEMBLY, Embryogenesis is a collaboration between classically trained dancer and choreographer Roderick George and musician J’Kerian Morgan aka Lotic.
Friday Nov 16th
GAZELLE TWIN: PASTORAL + NAEE ROBERTS
Gazelle Twin presents an exclusive London debut of her new album Pastoral. Forged in a rural idyll in Middle-England, the LP exhumes England’s rotten past, and shines a torch over its ever-darkening present. Gazelle Twin has crafted an album overflowing with a frenzy of traditional and contemporary musical tropes; from early music instrumentation to the compelling, ritualistic application of found sample-looping. Support comes from Berlin-based Norwegian artist NaEE RoBErts. NaEE’s sound combines idiosyncratic musical experiments with pop music idioms and references, twisting conventions through repeated lyrics and unexpected samples.
Saturday Nov 17th
ARCHIVAL DISRUPTIONS: JENNIFER WALSHE, PAUL PURGAS, ANDREA ZARZA CANOVA, FRANCES MORGAN
A panel discussion exploring how artists can intervene in the archives, using new technologies and disruptive practices to reveal hidden histories and challenge dominant narratives.
EXTREME ROMANTICISM: ELIZABETH BERNHOLZ (GAZELLE TWIN) AND AGNES GRYCZKOWSKA (NAKED) IN CONVERSATION
(3.30pm – 4.30pm)
Terror, power, awe, hitherto darkness brought into the light. A gothic revival or a new ‘Romanticism’ for Brexit Britain? Elizabeth and Agnes discuss ritual, extremity and their ASSEMBLY performances.
JENNIFER WALSHE & MEMO AKTEN: ULTRACHUNK / JENNA SUTELA: NIMIIA VIBIÉ
Studios artists Jennifer Walshe and Memo Akten present collaborative project ULTRACHUNK: an AI and human vocal improvisational performance. Akten has created GRANNMA (Granular Neural Music and Audio), a neural network that Walshe has trained with the data of multiple hours of solo vocal improvisations.
BAROQUE SUNBURSTS: K-PUNK REVISITED WITH LAURA GRACE FORD AND DAN TAYLOR
Known best for his k-punk blog and the incendiary Capitalist Realism, the late cultural theorist Mark Fisher transformed how we understand the interior landscapes and subjective experiences of living in late capitalism. Coinciding with the release by Repeater Books of the anthology k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016) via Repeater Books. Studio residents Ford and Taylor host a fortnightly Mark Fisher Reading Group at Somerset House Studios.
AMRA (PAUL PURGAS & IMRAN PERRETTA) / NSDOS LIVE SET
Commissioned with the support of the Case Foundation, Studios residents Paul Purgas and Imran Perretta debut new audio-visual project, AMRA, alongside a performance from Paris-based electronic and dance artist NSDOS.
LATE ASSEMBLY: ZIÚR (DJ SET) + TERRIBILIS
Alien pop and dark club and drone round off a full day of new commissions, performances and critical discussion, with Berlin’s techno mould breaking producer Ziúr, and Quantum Natives artist Terribilis.
OKZHARP AND MANTHE RIBANE / LAFAWNDAH
Hyperdub globalists duo Okzharp & Manthe Ribane and critically acclaimed vocalist and producer Lafawndah head up Saturday. Lafawndah presents her widescreen artistic vision: saturated and bracing, sensual and imposing debuting new material whilst the duo bring their blend of South African and UK sounds to ASSEMBLY.
Sunday Nov 18th
VESSEL / LUCY RAILTON
The result of two-months in residence at Somerset House Studios, musician / producer Seb Gainsborough (aka VESSEL) and cellist / composer Lucy Railton present new works in this very special ASSEMBLY double-billing.
NSDOS WORKSHOP: ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM FIELD RECORDINGS
(Sat + Sun: 11am-5pm)
Electronic musician and dance artist NSDOS is in residence with Music Hackspace throughout ASSEMBLY. Alongside his live performance on Saturday, he leads this 2 day workshop creating sounds and music through data generated by video-tracking.
NOZOMU MATSUMOTO & NILE KOETTING: CLIMATOTHERAPY
Japanese artists Nozomu Matsumoto and Nile Koetting are perhaps best known for being behind Tokyo’s EBM(T), a virtual listening room for “the discovery and sharing of sounds” where they have presented works from Lars Holdhus, aka TCF, Sam Kidel and Robin Mackay. Commissioned by Somerset House Studios, Climatotherapy will be the first UK presentation of their work.
SIREN: THE SHAPE OF SOUND
As part of SIREN collective’s Associate Artist residency at Somerset House Studios, The Shape of Sound is a video series of 10-15 minute live performances, profiling the talent of six UK-based womxn and non-binary artists: Iceboy Violet, Moonbow, MT Hall, MX World, Object Blue and rkss. Filmed within Somerset House, each performance uniquely presents the work of each artist in a new context and shows the ways in which their electronic musical practice interacts with their surroundings
For more info or to buy tickets, please access the ASSEMBLY website here.