Scratch the Surface Festival: BE Music ‘A Symphony of Bee and Man’

BE perform their critically acclaimed album ‘ONE’. © Dom Henry Photography/Wolfgang Buttress Studio.

Scratch the Surface Festival: BE Music ‘A Symphony of Bee and Man’

For the past six months, Mental Spaghetti has been working with Collective//Pod, of The Pod, Coventry, supporting the upcoming Mental Health Arts festival, Scratch the Surface: Dialogue.

The festival runs September 30th – October 10th, World Mental Health Day, and will present a varied and rolling programme of visual arts, performance, and participatory projects. Artists and full programme will be announced later in the month, but for now I’d like to announce BE Music, by internationally renowned artist Wolfgang Buttress (whose work you may have previously experienced at Kew Gardens).

A unique concert will be creating a buzz in Coventry to celebrate World Mental Health Day!

Internationally renowned artist Wolfgang Buttress and music ensemble BE are set to bring a performance with a difference to Coventry Cathedral – they will be accompanied by 50,000 bees. BE will perform their critically acclaimed album “ONE” featuring a live-streamed chorus of 50,000 bees from a hive within the Cathedral grounds.

An integral part of the performance will be hosted by a bespoke community choir engineered and choreographed by the Pod’s Collective//Pod, an artist collective derived by members with lived experience of mental ill health. The Pod is Coventry City Council’s award winning mental health resource and creative hub.

The event, being held on Saturday, October 7 at 7.30pm, is part of Collective//Pod’s annual mental health arts festival “Scratch the Surface – DIALOGUE” and is being supported by Coventry Cathedral.

BE was formed as a collaboration between Wolfgang Buttress, musicians Tony Foster, Kev Bales, Deirdre Bencsik, Camille Christel and scientist Dr Martin Bencsik, who is undertaking cutting-edge research using accelerometers embedded in beehives.

The accelerometers, devices which are sensitive to tiny vibrations, will be used to livestream the sounds from the bee hive into the Cathedral during the performance.

Visual projections, including images from the project and live footage from the hive, will also be screened, and specially-created candles scented with botanicals from the Cathedral and essential oils from the new bee hive will be used to create a multi-sensory atmosphere.

The bees are already within the grounds of the Cathedral in preparation for the event, and the hive will remain there as a lasting legacy.

“Coventry Cathedral is an amazing space with an incredible history, so it is an honour to be performing there. It will be a very moving and powerful performance, and using bees based in the grounds will give the audience a real sense that what is happening is live. We weren’t scheduled to perform this year, however when we were approached to be part of a concert celebrating World Mental Health Day it really resonated with us and it’s wonderful that we are able to contribute.”
– Wolfgang Buttress

The event is supporting Coventry’s bid to be the UK City of Culture 2021. The bid is being led by Coventry City of Culture Trust and, if successful, would bring social, cultural and economic benefits to the city.

Coventry is now on the shortlist along with four other cities, and will submit a final bid in September before the decision is announced in December.

The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral, added: “We look forward to welcoming BE and the choir for what will be a truly unique performance to celebrate World Mental Health Day. A performance featuring bees has never been staged at the Cathedral before, and demonstrates the diversity of the events that we hold. It’s also nice to have another 50,000 parishioners in the grounds, which will remain here permanently following the concert!”

“ONE” is the soundscape for Wolfgang Buttress’s multi award-winning sculpture The Hive, currently sited in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which seeks to highlight the importance of the honey bee in the food chain and their plight as a species.

Since recording the album, BE has gone on to appear at festivals including Glastonbury, Bluedot Caught by the River and End of the Road and perform sell-out shows at Kew, Sonos Studios and St Mary’s Church, in Nottingham.

The critically acclaimed “ONE” was in the best album list of 2016 of The Guardian, Rough Trade and The Quietus.

Tickets for the concert at Coventry Cathedral are priced between £25 and £35 and are available by searching for ‘BE Play Live’ at http://www.gigantic.com: Buy Tickets Here.

More about BE can be found by visiting www.beeandman.com.

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Exhibition: The Deadends, London

What: The Deadends, multidisciplinary, visual art, installation and performance
When: Open weekends 12–5pm, until March 12, 2017
Where: Studio One Gallery, 7–9 Wandsworth Plain, London SW18 1ES. Map

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The Deadends – A celebration of a made-up culture

The documentary The Deadends (in search of truth) was recently shown at the ICA 100 years of Dada, giving rise to the misplaced idea that they are a made up cult rather than culture.

Bringing together the largest collection of Deadend material to date, the celebration will also include speculative enactment as well as featuring the first ever discoveries of Deadend sonic artefacts; The Deadends resonance (recently detected by Andy Barrett) with extracts from The Assemblage Brain by Tony D. Sampson https://soundcloud.com/mbg-1/deadend-resonance-2

The somnambulist critique of the Deadends has been taken as an opportunity to contextualize the radical new theories developed in Tony D. Sampson’s new book The Assemblage brain. The book unravels the conventional image of thought that underpins scientific and philosophical accounts of sense making, providing a new view of our current time in which capitalism and the neurosciences endeavour to colonise the brain.

NB: The curators have requested that visitors be aware that the Deadends would not have referred to themselves as the Deadends and that this is a convenient moniker derived from the signature shapes in the artefacts.

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http://www.facebook.com/TheDeadendsUK
http://www.studio1gallery.co.uk

Exhibition: Translators by Justyna Scheuring

What: Exhibition, TRANSLATORS by Justyna Scheuring
When: 2nd Feburary – 28th February 2017, Thursday 2nd February 2017 6 – 8pm
Where: CANAL, 60 De Beauvoir Crescent, London, N1 5SB

CANAL is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Polish performance artist Justyna Scheuring, who lives and works in London.

For Translators , Scheuring brings together professional signers and language translators to communicate with her audience through a multitude of voices, and to explore the professional and functional interaction between her performers.

Using the device of ‘translators’, Scheuring questions issues of identity in a context of personal trauma, the rise of nationalism in Europe, global migration and the experience of otherness.

Scheuring’s practice combines performance and installation. Performative events challenge preconceptions of participation in social events, whilst her own performances play with the relationship between matter, body, environment and words. Translators combines performance and a stage design which functions as an art installation.

Scheuring offers an ambitious show, supported by the Arts Council, and partly resulting from a collaboration with Bepartofit.org.uk, a voluntary organisation for reducing social exclusion for deaf and disabled people, as well as the artist’s personal experience as a Pole living in the UK.

Educated at the University of Arts, Poznan (MFA) and an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths (2010), recent performances include Kings College Arts and Humanities Festival, SPILL live art festival, and SWAB International Contemporary Art Fair Barcelona. Scheuring has participated in numerous performance events throughout Europe and the UK.

“When I create a performance I see it as a sculpture communed by a space, the objects and people; and composed like a music piece or a poem – with respect to the time and rhythm.”

www.justynascheuring.com

For more information, please contact Monika Bobinska on mebobinska@gmail.com.

CANAL 60 De Beauvoir Crescent London N1 5SB
Gallery hours: Thur-Sat 1-6pm
Transport: Haggerston overground
Contact 07866 063 663

Event: Cure All Karaoke!

Come one, come all, come sing your little heart out! News is that there’s something fun for you to do this Friday, east London way, courtesy of our comrades, Daily Life Ltd. Read on, chums…

What: Karaoke Extravaganza!
When: Friday 4th December 2015, 7:30pm – late
Where: Chats Palace, Hackney, London E9 6DF


CURE ALL KARAOKE EXTRAVAGANZA NIGHT OUT!
Do you need saving from your December Blues?
Bobby Baker and the Daily Life Ltd are here to help!Friday 4th December 2015, 7:30pm – late 
Chats Palace, Hackney, London E9 6DF
GET TICKETS HERE!
This incredible evening includes:
Bobby Baker and her legendary show COOK DEMS featuring her fabulous BAKED ANTLER recipe for Survivors with Status.
Edible PRIZES for the best song! Wow!
Art Tombola and more!

Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime to mingle with some Cool Cats and Diggedy Dogs
BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

 

Outing: Romeo & Juliet at ROH, plus drawing!

What: Romeo & Juliet, ballet performance
Where: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
When: Saturday 19th September

Free Space Gallery, based at the Kentish Town Health Centre, London, have informed us about an opportunity to go to a ballet performance at a very keen price. To find out more, and to book your discounted ticket, read on…

“Free Space Gallery are pleased to have teamed up with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to offer discounted tickets to see their production of Romeo & Juliet.

We have secured the whole balcony in the theatre where we will be able to consume our own food and drink, and actively encourage drawing during the performance!

Members from all of our groups will be going along so it will be a lovely crowd, and we hope that you too would like to come along, perhaps with family and friends.

Please spread the word about this opportunity to see Romeo and Juliet from the balcony of the Royal Opera house on Saturday 19th September, 1.30pm performance.”

To book a ticket please get in touch: info@freespacegallery.org / 07950695699
Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road
London
NW5 2BX

Roving Diagnostic Unit

Mental Spaghetti has been invited to join Bobby Baker and her team as part of the Roving Diagnostic Unit at Shuffle Festival, taking place tomorrow, 25th July 2015!

Check out the details below and come and join us for investigations, tea, cake, and later, a top notch, Cure All Cabaret (tickets for both available here).