Sally Golding & Spatial: Decompression

Australian-British visual artist Sally Golding, winner of the 2017 Oram Award, and sound artist Spatial work together to create an immersive space situated somewhere between cinema and club. Their performances unravel in the spirit of a ‘happening’ – an encounter between audiences, space and the elements of cinematic abstraction – which they explore via their interest in expanded cinema and sound system culture.

Decompression turns the auditorium upside down and inside out, with a generative audiovisual composition using sound, progr­ammed LED lighting and smoke interfering with projection beams activating the space of the cinema. The performance explores the frequency of light and sound, creating a sensory and hypnotic live set which challenges the viewer’s expectation of auditory and visual perception.

Selected as part of the Projections open call.

Thursday 27 September 2018
Tyneside Cinema (Roxy)
£6 / £4

About the artists

Sally Golding is a British-Australian artist creating live immersive audio-visual performances, sound art releases, participatory installations and critical writing. Her work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues examining the role of the audience within new technological contexts.Golding blends discordant sonics and harsh lighting, invading the physical performance space to embrace chance and chaos. Golding has developed collaborations with Joel Stern as the punk film/sound duo Abject Leader, and more recently with electronic music producer and creative technologist Spatial, performing as Spatial-Golding. Golding is also the curator of events and festivals Unconscious Archives and OtherFilm. She has performed at institutions and festivals including Tate Britain, Serralves Museum, Portugal; Digital Culture Centre, Mexico; CA2M, Spain; Sound of Stockholm, Sweden; San Francisco Cinematheque, USA; and Institute of Modern Art, Australia. In 2017 Golding received an Oram Award (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies.

Spatial, aka Matt Spendlove, is an electronic musician and multimedia artist from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. Spatial released a limited 10” on his newly-christened ‘infrasonics’ imprint in late 2008. Spatial expanded his reach during 2012– 2013 with a batch of releases on Well Rounded, Stillcold, Niche & Bump and WNCL. He signed to Ultramajic in 2014 as an outlet for unfettered and impulsive club material with a well received four-track release that gained global airplay.

Since its inception in 2012, Spatial has continued to develop the home-coded Primitives opti-sonic performative installation which has shown at festivals including Supernormal, Wire magazine’s Off The Page, Naples Independent Film Festival and renowned venues such as Cafe OTO and Apiary Studios. Infrasonics rebooted in 2015 with the Emergence series of 12” records,each accompanied with a generative visual designs released via the Internet. 2015 also saw the debut performance of Breaching Transmissions—a new audiovisual collaboration with Sally Golding at the Melbourne International Film Festival.