syndrome_2_1_2Mercy’s Nathan Jones walks us through their rather exciting upcoming stuff in the city – a lovely stew of boundary-pushing music, tech, performance and sound:

“Mercy and Hive’s SYNDROME project enters it second phase on with Syndrome 2.0 on Friday 25th July: a new performance event and venue-takeover designed by Liverpool’s own shape-shifting band/performance outfit, a.P.A.t.T., along with a cacade of light, dance, film and radical language theatre.

It’s an eclectic line-up, and we’re working with a.P.A.t.T on the framing and installation of the space to give a dramatic arc and a unique experiential vibe – unsettling, but very special also.

This event marks the start of the second of four phases of events and installations for Syndrome, an initiative we started in order to look at the relationship between interactive technology and affect – those moments when a response to live performance takes you beyond your rationale. The idea is to use short residency periods for artists and coders to make radical and interesting art crossing over electronic music and language performance for a new kind of theatre. 24 Kitchen Street is perfect for this, because they’re so cool to work with, and there is a great atmosphere around the club and the Baltic district which feeds into the artist processes.

With Syndrome phase 1, we laid out our stall by presenting a diverse range of disciplines and approaches, from bass and strobe experiences, to demonstrations of brain- and muscle-controlled music. With Syndrome phase 2, we wanted to to get deeper into the potentials of control – and specifically show how hardware and software turn a performance venue into a ‘live’ thing itself.

So we’ll be taking advantage of the flexibility and texture of 24 Kitchen Street, to create a range of situations where the performer and audience have a kind of intimate relation through the space itself – a relationship/interface which we might have come to expect from communicating through a device like our phone, for example.

herndonTo this end, Jamie Gledhill and Stefan Kassozoglou are creating CHOROS, a ‘room as instrument’ where a your movements are traced and fed back to you as live AV – so you can throw sound and light around the space. We’re opening this with an evening performance from the vanguardist poet S J Fowler, who will be combining martial arts ritual and violent movement with a breath and voice work to test out the interface – and we’re inviting groups of all kinds to come and play with it as well.

Following this, we’re honoured to be joined by the sound artist and academic Holly Herndon and her partner Mat Dryhurst, who are coming from over from Stamford University – again to work with ambisonics, but this time looking at ‘sound objects’, and how they can be made to collide and interact with each other in an immersive sound environment. Holly is really one of the most forward thinking techno-producers on the scene at the moment, and as I said we’re honoured to have her.

These residency periods are also supplemented by some great shows. HollyHerndon is also playing live on 5th September, along with Deep Hedonia’s Kepla, and the internationally lauded Caroline Bergvall brings her new show DRIFT to Liverpool also.

We’ve just launched our new website, where you can get more details on all this, buy tickets for all the shows, and take a look at some great videos of the progress so far.

Future phases of Syndrome will continue with the cabaret-style events and residencies getting more and more emotionally and technologically possessive.

Works slated include a re-envisioning of the Baltic Quarter as computer game by Lawrence Lek,
and a palindromic play by poet/playright Ross Sutherland.”

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