Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde
1900 - 1937
9 November 2007 – 30 March 2008
Events and Reviews
The Breaking the Rules events programme celebrates the
achievements, the legacy and above all the spirit of the European
Avant Garde 1900-1937. It includes performances, talks, film, discussions,
comedy, cabaret and more in a feast of thrilling, unexpected and
sometimes shocking explorations of culture on the wild side.
Please see the links below for full programme and updates
REVIEW The Future of Sound
Friday 9 November 2007
Over 700 people attended the first late-night event of the Breaking the Rules exhibition. As well as enjoying the live (and often very loud!) music, and the lively licensed bar, the audience could enjoy a visit to the exhibition.
The lights were dimmed, there was a great atmosphere, and there were some unforgettable sounds (and views to match for those who climbed up to level 3).
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Martyn Ware / Illustrious, who performed electronic music; filmmaker Tal Rosner; video playback from Scanner; and audiovisual music from The Sancho Plan.
Additionally, The Modified Toy Orchestra (see pictures above and left) explored the hidden potential and surplus value latent inside redundant technology.
Review with video footage (blog by Missrisk)
Review in Spanish (blog by Posse)
Wednesday 14 November 2007
The six vocalists of Intimate Voices (pictured below) performed Stockhausen's hypnotic, meditative 1968 epic Stimmung. The work weaves the intonation of vowel sounds, overtones and ‘magic names' into a spiritual and sensual work of grandeur.
Lasting for over 70 minutes, and yet never departing from a chord of B flat, this one-off work explores a strange vocal sound world all of its own, mixing up names of deities from many world religions with erotic poetry of Stockhausen's own.
A packed Entrance Hall of lunchtime Library-goers (right) reacted
with a mixture of amusement, fascination, puzzlement and rapture
at this rare chance to hear a live performance of one of the 20th
century's most extraordinary, but most appealing, Avant Garde works.
Review (Times Online column)
a short sound
clip (MP3, 40sec, 280KB)