As a celebration of CIRCA Projects’ presentation of Mario Pfeifer’s Approximation in the digital age to a humanity condemned to disappear, we are pleased to present a special closing evening in partnership with ¡Vamos! Social.
The evening will begin with a final chance to view the exhibition at a special late viewing (5-8pm). There will be a guided walk to the exhibition, meeting outside the BALTIC at 5.30pm, in order to direct people straight to the exhibition location on Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead (map below). Full details of the exhibition can be viewed here.
Following this there will be time in the evening to see a new group exhibition opening at Workplace Gallery in Gateshead town centre featuring work by Jennifer Douglas, Rachel Lancaster, Paul Merrick, Mike Pratt and Joel Kyack entitled DOT DOT DOT DASH.
The evening will conclude with a closing party at ¡Vamos! Social in Newcastle, featuring a specially arranged set on turntables by Composer and DJ Mariam Rezai (11pm). Rezai’s set will be specially constructed around the soundtrack for Mario Pfeifer’s film Approximation in the digital age to a humanity condemned to disappear. Expect the mix to include: Chilean folk, techno, hyperdub and mumbaton. The music will begin with sets by Alx Alfaro (9pm) and Nik Barrera (10pm).
5pm-8pm: Mario Pfeifer Exhibition Late Opening
(John Joyce Building, Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead)
5.30pm: Guided walk to Mario Pfeifer Exhibition
(Meeting outside BALTIC front entrance)
6pm-9pm: Preview of DOT DOT DOT DASH, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead
(The Old Post Office. 19/21 West Street, Gateshead)
9pm-12am: CLOSING PARTY at ¡VAMOS! Social
(Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Mariam Rezai opened Tectonics Festival Glasgow 2015, with Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Members of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Turntables, and worked with Ilan Volkov as a guest improviser for the BBC Proms 47 2012, the John Cage Centenary Celebration.
The soundtrack to Approximation… is available on Vinyl Lp from Sternberg Press. Written by Kamran Sadeghi, New York-based musician and member of the Soundwalk Collective. Creating a digital composition, Sadeghi, in dialogue with Pfeifer, samples field-recordings made in 1923 by missionary and anthropologist Martin Gusinde of Yaghan chants. The use of these samples paired with minimal electronic instruments and programming, gives this archival material a contemporary reappearance.
Image: Reproduction of Martin Gusinde’s field notations on Yaghan chants, recorded on wax cylinders in 1923. Photograph by Mario Pfeifer at the estate of Martin Gusinde housed at Anthropos Institut, Sankt Augustin. Courtesy the artist, 2015.