It’s been a busy year for Unsound. We’ve produced eight festivals around the world, in Minsk, Almaty, Murmansk, Lviv, Kazan, Krakow, Toronto and Adelaide. Our ninth and final event 2017 takes place at the Barbican in London this Friday 8th of December.
Featuring three commissions and a premiere, Unsound Dislocation: London is part of Unsound’s wider Dislocation project taking place over three years in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, The Caucasus, Krakow and New York.
Included in the program is NIVHEK (Liz Harris/Grouper) & MFO with After its own death, an A/V work created in the isolated landscape of Murmansk, deep in the Russian Arctic. Halfway through his six-album project exploring dementia, The Caretaker (Leyland Kirby of V/VM), draws on his mysterious collection of 78s to create music searching through memory and time, with visuals from Aphex Twin’s collaborator Weirdcore. Ivan Seal, the artist behind his iconic album covers, will also be involved in the show. Then there’s Soft Power, with London-based electronic musician felicita working with traditional dancers from Poland’s Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble. Folk dances will be paired with mournful piano melodies, ambient noise and wild synthetic pop. Topping it all off is a post-show DJ set from the Rabih Beaini, whose intense sets incorporate music from a wide range of genres including compositions the Middle East and Indonesia, techno, jazz and noise.
To celebrate the event, Barbican invited Unsound to take over their the Barbican Recommends playlist, which you can hear on Spotify. The Barbican has also released a podcast with Mat Schulz, Unsound Artistic Director and the curator of the London program. You can hear it here.
Some tickets to Unsound Dislocation: London are still available, which you can purchase via the Barbican website.
Unsound Dislocation is produced by the Barbican in association with Unsound.
After its own death is commissioned by Unsound, the Barbican and Goethe-Institut.
The project organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand within the international cultural programme accompanying Poland’s centenary of regaining independence – POLSKA 100.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the Multi-annual Programme “Niepodległa” 2017-2021.