Caught by the River


17th May 2010

We’ve got two pairs of tickets for this event to give away. Details on how to win them are at the end of the post.

James Holcombe and Adam Asnan – ‘Four Thames Walks’. At Somerest House on the Strand on Thursday 20 May, at 18:45

from Sound & Music:

A new sonic cinematic piece created by filmmaker Holcombe and sound artist Asnan. The performance will be constructed from material gathered along the Thames and blended together live in the screening room.

A world premiere of a new performed ‘sonic cinematic work’ by Holcombe and Asnan. Constructed from material generated along the Thames both the audio and visual material use a ‘polyptych scheme’ – a fragmented but reciprocal collection of observations that avoid allusions to a linear narrative. Holcombe is of an artist genre that seeks to film ‘perfect’ rolls of film in camera. Asnan creates location recordings using both conventional and expanded techniques again using a minimal amount of post editing. This collaboration brings together these highly considered approaches to create work improvised on location and performed ‘live’ with deliberate breaks to load the projector so that the sound has equal weight to the image and itself describes images unseen.

James Holcombe explores the collision of chance, improvisation, structure and decomposition. He is of an artist genre that seeks to film ‘perfect’ rolls of film without the need for post editing so that the pace and tempo of the work is felt in operation of the camera. His improvised ‘in camera’ techniques explore the technical and material aspects of film and his experimentation with hand processing investigate cycles of decay, rot and disruption of the image. James’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. James is a key member at the artists platform leading workshops on the various technical aspects of filmmaking.

Adam Asnan is a sound artist whose work captures and explores various forms of sound material. His practice is influenced by the French musique concrète tradition and the original theoretical and aesthetic framework for compositon with sound objects proposed by Pierre Schaeffer. His solo works, artist-film collaborations and improvised performances have been presented in London, Oslo, Marrakech, Prague and Paris.

We have two pairs of tickets up for grabs in a competition. Here’s what you have to do to win them;
1/ be on our members list.
2/ answer the following question correctly: ‘Who writes the column ‘Lines Made by Walking’ on Caught by the River?’
3/ send the answer to before 1pm on Wednesday.
The first two correct answers pulled from the keep net win the tickets.