Curating Commissioning Producing


Talking About Artists Making Records*
with Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Charlotte Prodger

27 June 2013, 6.30-8.30pm

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Iniva, 1 Rivington Pl, London EC2A 3BA

Through conversation and selected sound-based and video material from artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Charlotte Prodger, the event explores questions of the manifestation of musical and sonic cultures in artistic practice. Does contemporary art offer a particular space for irreverence or critical discourse? What is this exchange: what are the specific vocabularies that are at stake; how do modes of production and distribution translate across disciplines and contexts? The title of the event is a reference to an article of the same name by Judith Hoffberg in a 1982 issue of High Performance magazine which suggests in its double entendre, the materiality of the record as a sound storage medium but also as evidence and witness with political consequence.

About the artists

In 2012 London based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan had two solo shows featuring new commissioned work The Freedom Of Speech Itself at The Showroom, London and The Whole Truth at CASCO, Utrecht. His ongoing project Aural Contract has been recently exhibited at Arnolfini, Bristol (2013) and The Taipei Biennial (2012). Other works include Marches for Artangel London (2008) and his collaboration as part of the group Model Court presented at Gasworks, London (2013). Abu Hamdan is a part of the research team Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths College where he is also a Phd candidate and lecturer.

Charlotte Prodger is an artist based in Glasgow. Her installations and performances explore what happens to speech, and the self for which it is a conduit, as it transmutates via time, space and various technological systems. In her 'performances' she employs playback devices and her peers, as multiple ciphers for her writing. Recent solo exhibitions include Percussion Biface 1-13 at Studio Voltaire, London (2012) and :-*, Intermedia, Glasgow (2012) and group exhibitions and performances at Artist Space, New York, LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images and CCA, Glasgow. She is represented by Kendall Koppe, Glasgow.

The event, organised and chaired by Electra's Fatima Hellberg and Irene Revell coincides with Sonia Boyce's solo exhibition Scat: Sound and Collaboration (05 Jun - 27 Jul 2013), which includes two works realised with Ain Bailey and Mikhail Karikis respectively. To read more about the exhibition and find out about events, please visit Iniva.

*The title of the event comes from an article on the conflation of art and music cultures in a 1982 issue of High Performance # 17/18 Vol. V, Nos 1/2, by Judith Hoffberg.

Image credit: Nike air prestige high 13, appropriated by Charlotte Prodger