The Longplayer Trust and Goldsmiths, University of London, produced the inaugural Longplayer Day, on Wednesday 21 June, noon until midnight.
Longplayer Day 2017 was a 12-hour peripatetic cross-disciplinary festival celebrating the recently announced partnership between Goldsmiths and Longplayer. Events took place across various locations beginning at Goldsmiths (New Cross) and concluding with celebrations at Trinity Buoy Wharf (Poplar).
Below is the full schedule , including locations and times of each event, as well as details about the speakers and performers involved.
Longplayer Day is inspired by Longplayer and the philosophy, interests and aims behind it. Its curated programme of new commissions, performances, talks, screenings and workshops explore time and duration, and seek to inspire audiences into new thought on long-term behaviours, environmental awareness and durational thinking. In keeping with the festival’s themes, Longplayer Day is set to take place biannually on or around the summer solstice (the longest day of the year).
Curators: Helen Frosi & James Bulley
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Assistant curator: Philip Serfaty
Assistants: Jon Francis, Rob Pell-Walpole, Emmanuel Spinelli, Gregory White & Keef Winter.
Volunteers: Mady Dae, James Green, Francine Perry & Liz Rainsberry
Technicians: Marcus Leadley & Sherri Ostapovitch
Advisory group: Jem Finer, Iris Garrelfs & John Levack Drever
Graphic design: Joe Hales
Poster screen printing: Sam Eccles
Offset printing: Orphans Press
All events are free to access. The day is peripatetic: the audience move from one location to another, choosing their agenda for the day from the time-specific events, free to join proceedings when they choose. Large print information will be available at each location and each event is wheelchair accessible.
There are various venues stretching from Goldsmiths to Trinity Buoy Wharf. The event starts promptly at midday on 21 June at the Great Hall of Goldsmiths, University of London (New Cross), before moving on to Res and News of the World (Deptford) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music (Greenwich). Performances will happen in parks, bandstands and on the Thames shoreline along the route to the end destination of Trinity Buoy Wharf (Poplar) at sunset.
Particular thanks to Adrian Ovari at Spotty Vinyl Records/Green Onions and Stefan Finnis at Green Onions, Pierre Coinde at news of the world, Lucy A. Sames at Res. and Andrew Rickett at Enclave Projects.
The event has been made possible by the kind support of Artangel, Goldsmiths Communications, Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studios, Goldsmiths Fringe and Underground Music Group, Goldsmiths Research Development Funding (CIG), Goldsmiths SMT, Goldsmiths Special Collections and Archives, Kellie Blake/Lewisham Council, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Green Onions, Pauline Oliveros trust, the Longplayer Trust, Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, news of the world, and Res.
Michael Morris – Introduction
Michael Morris is Co-Director of Artangel and a member of the Longplayer Trust.
Cathy Haynes – Inaugural Lecture
Cathy Haynes is a curator, artist and writer who was previously Curator for Art on the Underground.
John Tilbury – ‘Palais De Mari’ by Morton Feldman
John Tilbury is regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman’s music and has been a member of both AMM and the Scratch Orchestra.
Áine O’Dwyer – ‘Piano Transplant No. 1, the permanently prepared piano’ composed by Annea Lockwood
Áine O’Dwyer’s performance on Lockwood’s Piano Transplant No.1, the permanently prepared piano is the first since the work was created in the 1960s.
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Siswå Sukrå are a Javanese gamelan group based at the Royal Festival Hall. The group is tutored by Pete Smith, one of the UK’s leading gamelan musicians and teachers.
Rosie Bergonzi – ‘Child of Tree’ by John Cage
Improviser and percussionist Rosie Bergonzi will perform John Cage’s I Ching chance-based composition, Child of Tree (1975).
The Study Group – ‘Welcoming the Light’ by Pauline Oliveros
The Study Group is a workshop space dedicated to performing artist Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations. Members include Martina Conti, Stephen Shiell, Artur Vidal and Hannah White. Welcoming the Light was composed by Pauline Oliveros for the Summer Solstice.
John Latham: ‘Erth’ (1971)
John Latham’s seminal film work Erth (1971) collapses space and time, both physically and cinematically into a direct encounter. The screening will be prefaced with an introduction by Gareth Bell-Jones, Curator at Latham’s FTHo.
Adam Scovell (Director): ‘Holloway’ (2017)
A screening of Holloway (2015) directed by Adam Scovell with contributions from Robert MacFarlane, Stanley Donwood, Dan Richards, James Bulley and Richard Skelton. An introductory talk will be given by one of the authors of the Holloway book, Dan Richards.
Blanca Regina & Steve Beresford
Blanca Regina and Steve Beresford’s duo involves completely freely improvised sounds utilising collections of sound-making objects.
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Dominic Murcott – ‘Harmonic Canon’
Visitors to the courtyard of Trinity Laban in Greenwich will hear composer Dominic Murcott perform an excerpt from his composition Harmonic Canon, written for Marcus Vergette’s instrument of the same name.
Violinist and composer Angharad Davies will explore duration and time through a perambulatory performance.
Artist and percussionist Charles Hayward will perform on the shoreline of the Thames.
Richard Wilson – The Harangue
In performance of The Harangue, Wilson will be accompanied by Sean Dower and Ansuman Biswas.
Richard Wilson is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.
Sean Dower produces works in sculpture, photography, film, live performance and sound.
Ansuman Biswas works in a wide variety of media, but his central concern lies between science, work and religion.
Tim Spooner is a visual artist and performance maker who fuses scientific experimentation together with puppetry.
Jem Finer is the composer of Longplayer and will be talking briefly at the Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf, at the end of the day.
John White’s elemental composition Drinking and Hooting Machine for bottles, liquid and breath, will be performed at the end of Longplayer Day.
Longplayer is a one thousand year long musical composition and will be accessible throughout the evening.