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Light Reading series 9
James Holcombe and Adam Asnan with Steven Ball

no.w.here, London
28 October 2009 | 7pm
Tickets: £5 door / £4 advance / £3 students or no.w.here members
Telephone: 02077294494
Email: james.holcombe |at| no-w-here.org.uk

Light Reading’s ninth series continues with a screening of recent works by artist James Holcombe performed collaboratively with artist Adam Asnan. no.w.here‘s project space will be transformed into an intimately immersive space where the works will use its potential to construct an encounter with them as well as enabling critical debate and discussion. Holcombe will present seven works including Ley Farm (2001-2009), Champion Fix (2009), Lomo/ Jobo (2009), Grim’s Dyke 2 (2008), Grain Tower (2006-2007), A Peck of Dust (2006-2008) and Hanger Lane Heracleum mantegazzianum (2001-2004). Artist Steven Ball has been invited to respond to the works; to question and provoke dialogue and discussion that will form a bridge between an encounter with the works and a critical dialogue with the audience.

James Holcombe’s work is a collision of working processes that explores the expanded outcomes that are possible through combinations of chance, improvisation and structure within the making and encounter with sound and image. Holcombe often engages subjects that play out their physical temporariness through a conceptual and physical treatment of decomposition; of the subject and of the material of film itself. Cycles of decay, rot and the ephemeral visible in works such as Grain Tower (2006-2007) and Hanger Lane Heracleum mantegazzianum (2001-2004) work with a representation and materiality of the image on a level of imperfection and reduction. Our encounter with them occurs conversely through an expansion of visual and aural registers. Holcombe sensitively explores the technical aspects and potential for the representation and perception of the image through improvised sound techniques, expanded visual formats and the nature of performative collaboration.

James Holcombe’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK and Europe. Screenings include Serpentine Gallery, 2009, VideoEx Festival, Switzerland, 2009, “Starting From Scratch”, Rotterdam, 2008, Evolution Festival, Leeds, 2007, Tate Modern, 2006, Avanto Festival Helsinki, 2005. He has also performed sound pieces throughout the UK since 2001 and leads workshops on the various technical aspects of filmmaking at no.w.here.

Adam Asnan (1983) is a sound artist specialising in Acousmatic music*, completing an MA in 2009 with Denis Smalley at City University, London. Adam's work explores various types of sound material, set to an array of idiosyncratic operations, often using the loudspeaker as an instrument in itself. Within his practice lies a predilection for the classic Musique Concrète traditions, attempting to identify with the original theoretical/aesthetic framework proposed by Pierre Schaeffer et al. Adam's work has been featured in and around London, Oslo, Marrakech, Prague and Paris, as stand-alone acousmatic works, artist-film collaborations or free improvisation performance.

(*a term used to define the composition and performance of material for loudspeakers alone, but also, to describe the alternative listening situation that it promotes.)

Steven Ball has worked in a range of moving image and sound media, including super 8 film and digital video, as single screen works, in installation, and on the web. His current practice encompasses video performance and sound work, concentrating on location specificity and the spoken word. Recent projects include After Lethaby (video performance with Martin Blažíček, Lethaby Gallery, Central St Martins, 2009) and Figuring Landscapes (co-curator with Catherine Elwes, Tate Modern and touring UK and Australia 2009 - 10). He is Research Fellow at the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.


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