Oxford's annual festival of new experimental music and sound art returns

audiograft returns with its annual mix of new experimental music and sound, exhibitions, artists talks and workshops. This year’s festival promises to open your ears and eyes to extraordinary and surprising sounds and events, with voices emerging as if from nowhere, rotating sounds, kinetic sculpture for used computer cases, intimate physical theatre, and consumer electronics pushed to their limits. At the heart of the festival is a group exhibition at OVADA featuring Stephen CornfordYann Leguay & Gaetan Rusquet and Harriet Butler. The festival also features The International Nothing, described as Berlin’s finest in Clarinet entertainment. More info...

The festival runs from 7th-19th March 2017 in venues across Oxford.

Tuesday 07/03, 6.30pm

LAUNCH

OVADA 14A, Osney Lane, Oxford, OX1 1NJ

FREE

A first opportunity to experience the installations by Harriet Butler, Stephen Cornford, Yann Leguay & Gaetan Russet with a glass of wine in your hand.

Live performances by Austin Sherlaw-Johnson and Laurence Colbert. Full programme details at www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/tuesday/

 

Thurs 09/03 -  Sun 19/03, Daily 12-6pm

OVADA INSTALLATIONS

OVADA 14A, Osney Lane, Oxford, OX1 1NJ

FREE

Kinetic sculptures; the detritus of the digital age; pre-frozen and re-frozen magnetic tape and voices emerging as if from nowhere are some of the experiences you might encounter in our programme of installations. 

This year's artists are: Stephen Cornford | Yann Leguay & Gaetan Rusquet | Harriet Butler

Full installation details at www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/ovada/

 

Wed 08/03 - Sat 11/03, Daily 1-6.30pm

BROOKES INSTALLATIONS

This year's artists are: Thor McIntyre-Burnie | Ben Gwilliam

Full installation details at www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/brookes/

 

Weds 08/03, 6pm

SOUNDS UP THE HILL

Headington Hill Campus, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX3 0BP

FREE

Experience Thor McIntyre-Burnie’s Speakers in the dark, see Ben Gwilliam‘s installation moreorlessthan 2/5/6, feel the building vibrate in the hands of Laurence Colbert and relax with a piano & cello concert that can take you to the edge of sleep.

Installations open 6pm
Laurence Colbert at 7pm
Kesia Decote & Bruno Guastalla 9pm

Full programme details at www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/wednesday/

 

Thur 09/03, 7pm

SHIRLEY PEGNA, THE INTERNATIONAL NOTHING, Paul Whitty and [rout]

Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SD

PWYD (Pay What You Decide)

audiograft returns to the beautiful space of the Holywell Music Room for Thursday night of the festival featuring amplified ensemble [rout] in a realisation of Paul Whitty’s field recording project somewhere a field; Berlin-based clarinet duo The International Nothing; and Sound Artist Shirley Pegna who will be exploring radio waves emanating from pulsars.

Full programme details at www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/thursday/

Full ticket info at www.audiograft.co.uk/tickets-and-travel/

 

Fri 10/03, 7pm

BEN GWILLIAM, NEIL C. SMITH, and ELDAD TSABARY AND THE SARU LAPTOP ORCHESTRA

Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ

PWYD (Pay What You Decide)


audiograft returns to the intimate black box of Arts at the Old Fire Station for Friday night of the festival featuring live electroacoustics from Eldad Tsabary and the SARU Laptop Orchestra; and improvised performance from Sound Artist Ben Gwilliam. Plus Neil C. Smith will be manipulating music through live coding using his own software called PRAXIS live.

Full programme details at www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/friday/

Full ticket info at www.audiograft.co.uk/tickets-and-travel/

 

Sat 11/03, 7pm

VICKY LANGAN, MARTIN HOWSE, KATSURA MOURI, YANN LEGUAY

Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ

Get up-close and personal with record players gone beserk, voices of crows and earthworms, deviant old computer parts and amplified body and skin. Trust your senses to Katsura MouriMartin HowseVicky Langan and Yann Leguay for a unique evening of close-up technological magic, with intense theatricality and fearless experimentation.

Full programme details at www.audiograft.co.uk/programme/saturday/

 

TICKETS / RESERVATIONS

audiograft is a PWYD (Pay What You Decide) festival. PWYD works by enabling audiences to attend shows without paying for a ticket beforehand, but tickets can be reserved prior to a performance. Then on exiting the show, you have the opportunity to make a donation of what you decide you want to, or can afford to pay, based on your overall enjoyment of the performance. You can reserve your ticket in advance using the links on this page or by visiting www.audiograft.co.uk/tickets-and-travel/

 

audiograft is curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University and co-promoted by OCM.

audiograft 2016, Dan Fox (photo credit: Pier Corona)
audiograft 2016, Arnaud Riviere (photo credit: Pier Corona)
audiograft 2016, Billy Roisz (photo credit: Pier Corona)
audiograft 2016, Anne F Jacques (photo credit: Pier Corona)
Image Credit: audiograft 2016, Anne F Jacques Photo Credit: Pier Corona