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Dirty Electronics & Tim Shaw – Points of Failure

DIY electronics, found objects, light and sound making circuits

Sun 9 February // 19:00 / Venue Space

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Working with DIY electronics, found objects, light and sound making
circuits, Tim Shaw and Dirty Electronics consider the musical
potential of everyday materials and surroundings. Points of Failure is
a series of collaborative performance-installations in which they
explore the making and unmaking of objects, mechanisms and materials,
light and sound. Using bells, air horns, sound synths, water, self
made stringed instruments, light bulbs, loudspeakers, bass shakers and
other miscellaneous devices, the duo will navigate a shared sound
environment through performance, process and action. Tim Shaw and
Dirty Electronics have recently presented collaborative work at
Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Arnolfini (Bristol), Centrala
(Birmingham) and Northern Charter (Newcastle).


John Richards explores the idea of Dirty Electronics that focuses on
shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. He
is primarily concerned with the performance of large-group electronic
music and DIY electronics, and the idea of creating music inside
electronics. His work also pushes the boundaries between performance
art, electronics, and graphic design. Dirty Electronics has been
commissioned to create sound devices for various arts organisations
and festivals and has released a series of hand-held synths on Mute

Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication
media. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and
sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be
constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and
technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video,
modular synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software.
Tim Shaw has been lucky enough to work with Chris Watson, Phill
Niblock, John Bowers, Tetsuya Umeda, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Jacek
Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal.

This tour is kindly supported by Arts Council England and was
developed in partnership with Brazilian partners Novas Frequencias and
Silo – Art and Rural Latitude.