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Scratch Nights at MK Gallery – October 2011

Free Thursday night music, film, performance and spoken word events. 
No booking required. For video footage of past Scratch Nights at MK Gallery click here.

6 Oct           Performance:  Wayne Lloyd
13 Oct        Sound Art: Robert Curgenven, Rie Nakajima, Manabu Shimada, Hill/Simpson
20 Oct        Live Music –  Juffage, Fifteen Sixteen and more TBC
27 Oct        Live Music:  Yuri Landman, The Jelas + more

Thursday 6 October
Performance: Wayne Lloyd 
Starts 7pm

Artist Wayne Lloyd's practice includes performance, drawing, comic book making, film and animation.  His work possesses a ‘non-art’ quality, and his processes compress, stretch and separate information.   Concerned with the politics of culture and its representation, his live performance-films break the distinction between cinema and art. 

To mark the launch of the Community without Propinquity exhibition in MK Gallery’s Project Space, Lloyd will give a special narrative performance of A Clockwork Orange, where the modern architecture of the new town of Harlow where it was filmed, has a distinct role.

Recent exhibitions and performances include Unspooling at Cornerhouse, Manchester  (2010/11),  Art & The New Town, Harlow (2008), Beaconsfield, London (2009) The BrownMountain Festival, London (2008). He has published two books, Nu Town (2008) andWayne Winner's Arthouse Cinema (Immprint Books, 2004).

Thursday 13 October
Sound Art: Robert Curgenven, Rie Nakajima, Manabu Shimada, Hill/Simpson
Doors open 6.45pm, First performance 7.15pm

An opportunity to enjoy performances from a diverse selection of sound artists.

UK-based Australian Robert Curgenvenworks with harmonics, textures and resonance through instruments/ objects, in spaces and places, but also in time.  

For her performances, London-based artist and curator Rie Nakajimacreates architectural spaces and constructs sounds within these spaces, sometimes using assembled objects to serve as sound makers.

Critically acclaimed London and Tokyo-based Japanese sound artist Manabu Shimada uses computer technology for his performance and installations.  At MK Gallery Manabu will be collaborating with Daiki Ichikawa on visuals.

Hill/Simpson  is an ongoing project exploring the graphic score by sound artists Jonny Hill and Edd Simpson. Recent performances include the Unrealised Projects vol.4  launch at MK Gallery, and Fabrica, Brighton.

Thursday 20th October
Live Music: Juffage, Fifteen Sixteen and more TBC
Doors open 6.45pm, first performance 7.15pm

Juffage (Jeff T. Smith) is a solo sound artist and multi-instrumentalist from Leeds, via Chicago, Illinois. He is often seen in bars, art galleries, and basements with a band’s worth of instruments.

His performances have been compared to a synthesis of Lightning Bolt’s rhythmic ferocity, Radiohead’s lush pop sensibility, King Tubby’s manipulative production, and Andrew Bird’s ability to make a good loop. The result has been described as a loud, frantic, and beautiful “hyperactive and technically accomplished display”.

Fifteen Sixteen: Drummer Euan Rodger (Black Carrot, Lustfaust, Daidono, plus many more) returns to MK Gallery to present his new electronica project.

Thursday 27th October
Live Music:  Yuri Landman, The Jelas + more, curated by ‘Talk Amongst Yourselves’
Performance starts 6.30pm

Talk Amongst Yourselves, Milton Keynes, present a special workshop and performance by Dutch musician and instrument builder, Yuri Landman.

Yuri Landman performs a special composition designed for the White Eagle Guitar, a tailed bridge guitar featuring an additional amplified string field in the tail behind the bridge of the guitar.  He will be joined by local musicians to complete the sound, which is akin to Sonic Youth.  Bristol-based The Jelas provide support.

This event is preceded by an electric guitar building workshop at MK Gallery on Wednesday 26th October from 6-10pm.  Under Yuri’s instruction participants will build their own electric guitar in four hours.  Price £155. Bookings enquiries via MK Gallery on 01908 676 900.


MK Gallery     900 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA.
Open Tuesday–Friday 12–8pm, Saturday 11am–8pm, Sunday 11am–5pm. 

Admission free.

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