Operating deep in the ghettos of Athens and with links to a radical political scene, Alex C is a DIY alternative to mainstream pop, subverting Lady Gaga songs into wild temporary spaces of performativity. An icon for the queer kids, he combines pop camp and molotovian rage, creating wild (anti)-spectacles. For this event
he will present an audience interactive performance on borders, feminist politics, islamophobia and the attack on self-medication.
"Epicycle" by Jani Christou
Andriana Minou is a multi-disciplinary artist and music scholar at the University of Goldsmiths. In 2013, she organised the biggest Jani Christou conference to date, with performances, papers and screenings on the work of the composer. She also put together a group of musicians and artists to perform versions of Christou's Epicycle works. In sound acts, she will curate a performance of some of the important theatrical works by Jani Christou, seen for the first time in Greece for over
Caoimhe Mader McGuinness
Caoimhe Mader McGuinness is a researcher at the Drama Department of Queen Mary University. Her current research project focuses on 'antisocial' queer theory, Marxism and Frankfurt School theorists, particularly with regards to how these might relate to liberal narratives of inclusion within the theatrical space. In sound acts she will present a lecture on the celebratory anti-social potential of DIY queer punk; focusing on FAGGOT, a lo-fi queer duo whose (non) musical, artistic and narrative qualities make for a dynamic imagining of a radical queer life.
DoDo (also known as Angelina Kartsaki) experiments with images and sounds, building fragile narratives and ephemeral characters, taking the viewers into an emotionally precarious journey. In sound acts, DoDo will present a series of short music films and the smallest installation in the world (or at least in the premises of our festival) named DoDo is looking for their identity.
Erica Scourti was born in Athens, Greece and now lives in London. She has studied Chemistry at UCL, Fine Art at Middlesex University and in 2013 she completed a MRes degree in Moving Image Art at Central Saint Martin’s. In her recent work she utilises social-media networks as raw material, probing and testing their data-processing alogorithms to create self-portraits for a hashtagged age. In sound acts she will present a performance that combines the idea of sound, the material body and networked identities.
Frantic Aerostat, a project of Odysseas Grammatikakis, explores the boundaries between real sounds, free-improv, electronics and spoken word. One of his primary aims is that sounds emerge gradually and organically without predetermined rules, in a sense of diary-esque field recordings. In his performances, he mixes spoken and visual text, bottles, radiator pipes, harmonicas and at least one shoe brush.
An undoubtedly bizarre duo, FYTA's main aim is to arrive to an almost unlistenable state through a (non-)career that progressively alienates their whole audience. After releasing a series of DIY records, they have recently mostly been focusing on art performances. For sound acts they will return to music briefly going through their catalogue of "hits" and taking the audience on a journey of displeasure.
Holly Ingleton is a cultural worker and feminist sound studies scholar. She is the editor of hernoise.org, a resource of collected materials from the Her Noise Archive curated by Lina Džuverović and Anne Hilde Neset, investigating music and sound histories in relation to gender, bringing together a wide network of women artists who use sound as a medium. In her talk, she will present the progress behind the archive, focusing on a particular work, Emma Hedditch's installation "We're Alive, Let's Meet!", a durational performance that consisted of a series of weekly 'get-togethers'. Feminist composition as a social event.
One of the most complex as well as entertaining live acts to emerge in recent years, Les Trucs bridge the gap between virtuoso musicianship and adventurous post-performative spectacle. Their music is a mix of intense electronic multi-layering and lyrical hymn-like singalongs and in their gigs, in which usually the audience surrounds them, they are dressed up in audiovisual technology, absolutely contemporary and somewhat archaic at the same time. Expect a real situationist treat.
A working group interested in songs and music videos as a form of queer-feminist protest, INVASORIX is composed of eight women artists who live and work in Mexico City. Through a continuous dialogue among themselves and with their imaginary friends / influences, they write songs that question gender roles and reflect on precarity and dream about alternative and/or utopian ways of loving. Due to budget limitations, they cannot be physically with us on the event, but will produce a video especially for it.
Kostis Stafylakis is an art theorist and artist. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts and studied continental philosophy and art theory at Essex University. His research interests include the dialectics of Art and Politics, with a strong focus on contemporary art activism. As member of the duo KavecS (along with Vana Kostayola) he has presented performance, videos and installations throughout the world. In sound acts he will give a lecture on over-identification as a political strategy in music production.
Maria F. Dolores & Hundin Atxe present "noise as drag"
Maria F Dolores (transnoise)& Hundin Atxe, explore the ways in which experimental processes can lead to a new understanding of our bodies. Bridging noise art, cyborg theory and transgender issues, they create experiences and workshops that expand notions of creativity and sound production. In sound acts, Maria and Hundin will invite the audience for the creation of a self-managed nomad laboratory in which noise transforms into drag, in an attempt to achieve technological autonomy through a queer transfeminist glance.
Nanah Palm - Louisa Doloksa - Danai Syrrou present 'Shadow Wards'
One of the most mysterious greek chanteuses, Nanah Palm, whose identity remains secret, is a take on outsider art, which bridges the space between the identities of a field-recording sound artist and a nurse at London's Homerton Hospital. Through a mixture of spoken word, found sound, cheap 90s claviers and ebow, Nanah Palm creates haunted, metaphysical aural landscapes. Sound acts will see the premiere of a new work titled "Shadow Rooms", in collaboration with poetess Luiza Doloxa and video-artist Danai Syrrou.
Peter Cant is a multidisciplinary theatre-maker, director and writer with a special interest in European theatre and contemporary opera. He has worked with a number of important theatre bodies in the UK, including being a director at Young Vic and most recently presented an opera with composer Luke Styles called 'Unborn in America', which outraged the british press with its playful take on abortion. In sound acts, Peter will present a solo performance for the first time in a while.
Pokemon Poetry is an audiotextual project created and performed by Alexandros Drosos, Ioanna Forti and FYTA. Starting initially as a series of poems and dealing with the question of whether the "pokemon generation" can produce lyrical output, the texts developed into piano-voice lieder in 2014 and released under the Fytini label. The 9 short songs that came out of the experiment, each one dedicated to a different pokemon character, will be performed live by Alexandros (piano) and Ioanna (mezzo-soprano).
Procne & Philomela
A bizarre performance duo that combines electronics/noise, obsessive repetitive spoken word and kitchen-sink greek drama. Their name derives from the tragic and morally-complex mythological story of the sisters Procne and Philomela. In sound acts they will present a mixture of sound and performance on the mythological story itself, a contemporary passive-aggressive drama, drenched in queer aesthetics.
Sex Workers Opera
Breaking through stigma and stereotypes, Sex Workers Opera from London is a unique multimedia production written and performed by sex workers and their allies. With music spanning opera to ‘hip-hopera’, and incorporating sound art, projections and poetry, it offers an unflinchingly honest, upliftingly human insight into the lives of sex workers around the world. In Athens the group will give a short presentation on the process and challenges of setting up a grassroots opera and they will facilitate a workshop to share their experience with local activists.
Tante & Tante
T&T is a post-performance duo that combines vocal improvisations, surreal situationism, auntie story-telling and synesthetic messthetics. Their intense synchronic chemistry comes with such self-ridiculing critical distance that the result is always a midpoint between ballet-like modernist beauty and the most uncomfortable of spectacles. This will be their first live performance in Greece.
Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara) is a multi-instrumentalist composer, historian, and critic of electronic music. She has presented work at the Tate Modern, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, on the Le Tigre Remix album, and in many other forums. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound and numerous essays on music, technology, and culture. In Sound Acts, she will present an installation in which she playfully deconstructs youtube techy demos, playing with ideas of technology and gender.