Squaring the Circle was a weekend programme of performance and music, which took sampling and appropriation as its starting points.
Sampling traces its roots back to the technical experiments and manipulations of musicians and artists in the 1940s, finding its popular realisations in hip hop, electronic dance and industrial music of the 70s and 80s.
Squaring the Circle tapped into the continuing relevance of sampling and appropriation as generative and explorative tools for artistic and musical practices, with two nights of work developed specifically for the programme.
Friday 31st January, 7 – 11pm The opening event showcased a range of live pieces, from performance, video and installation to sonic works.
Featuring work by: Louise Ashcroft
David Ashley Pearson
Ayumi T. Tamaki
Saturday 1st February, 6pm The second event took the format of an experimental group sampling session across 3-4 hours, involving different practitioners in the fields of music, sound, video, performance art and dance. Over the course of 4 hours, various strands of content were contributed by the individual artists and musicians, which were then worked through together, improvised and built upon to create a live group session in response to the themes of the programme.
With the participation of : Erik Aleph (sampling)
David Ashley Pearson (objects, synths, voice, sampling)
Oda Egjar Starheim (guitar, voice)
Charles Hayward (keyboard, amps, drums, melodica)
Palle Lindqvist (sampling)
Øystein Monsen (sampling)
Daniella Valz Gen (objects, voice)
Mirei Yazawa (dance)
Tom Mills (theremin)
Tom Wheatley (double bass)