Liquid Architecture and the IMA present special Brisbane performances by Shelter Press, French artist Félicia Atkinson and Taiwanese artist Fujui Wang in the space of the first-ever survey exhibition by brilliant Brisbane-based artist and musician, Ross Manning.
Parisian-born Félicia Atkinson is a visual artist, an experimental musician and the co-publisher of the independent imprint Shelter Press/curatorial platform Argument with Bartolomé Sanson. Her work deals with the topics of improvisation, fiction, instant composition, noise, abstraction and poetry. Her music is composed of concrete music, asmr voices, electronics, field recordings, improvisation with guitar and piano, abstract distortions and infra bass.
At the IMA, Félicia will present a new work for voice, electronics and found sounds called Vermillion which responds to the exhibition Future Eaters by drawing on J. G Ballard’s collection of essays Vermillion Sands (1971). Rooted in her experiences of deserts this live set will be escapist, textual and at times concrete.
Félicia’s recent album Hand in Hand has generated a great deal of curiosity, excitement and intrigue, with Fact Magazine writing “the dying bleat of obsolete technology, the crack and stutter of her own voice, the atonal clatter of intuitively-played instruments – and sculpts them into flawless vignettes that lodge themselves deep in the psyche. Like the dystopian science fiction it references, Hand in Hand is bewitching, intense, meditative and at times, deeply unsettling.”
Expanding the invisible void with a silent glow, Hyper Transmission is a synthesis of surrounding sonic and visual contemplation performed by legendary Taiwanese sound art pioneer Fujui Wang. All random noise sound waves are captured in real time and magnified as hyper-mobile image moments in front of your very eyes. Through kinetic hypersonic speakers, tightly-controlled audio beams strafe the space, threading through audience ears like lasers refracting between mirrors, a phenomenology of spectacular perceptual exchange.
Fujui Wang has played a key role in establishing sound art as an artistic field in Taiwan. In 1993 he founded the country’s first experimental record label and publication, Noise, and today he is an assistant professor of New Media Art at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Fujui Wang and Yi Lu established Soundwatch Studio in Taipei in 2011 as a space to promote the creation, exhibition, performance and renovation of experimental audio art. Since then, they have hosted performances, workshops, collaborations and dialogues between local, national and international practitioners of sound.