Join CIRCA Projects presenting a double bill of performances by Anne-James Chaton (Paris) and Sarah Grundy & Edwin Li (Newcastle upon Tyne).
Anne-James Chaton, his indurate mien impassive and poker-faced, stands as still and stiff as a motorway sign-post, just off-centre on the ample stage of the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris. As his rapid-fire verse gushes from between his lips over a loop of his own voice – “POP IS DEAD POP IS DEAD POP IS DEAD” – each plosive consonant is wedded to a glitched burst of sub-bass to create an insistent, technoid beat pattern. (The Quietus, Features: The Mic Is Mightier Than The Sword: Anne-James Chaton Interviewed by Robert Barry, 2013)
French sound artist and poet Anne-James Chaton (October 31, 1970, Besançon) has developed an intermedia body of work, based on a close study of the textual materials which make up the everyday life of contemporary society. Often working with everyday printed ephemera – bank slips, shopping receipts, promotional flyers, customer loyalty cards, business cards, bus, train and metro tickets – provides the source of Anne-James’ quests into sound, poetry and visual art, which he develops through solo projects and in collaboration with artists from diverse fields.
He has worked with the group of Dutch post-rock band The Ex and released two albums, The Journalist (2008), and Transfer (2013), with the English guitarist Andy Moor. He worked on the albums Unitxt (2008) and Univrs (2011) by German artist Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto. In 2013 he started a trio with Andy Moor and Thurston Moore, guitarist of Sonic Youth. His plastic and visual works, drawn from his writing materials, have been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions in France and abroad.
Shirley Mann and Leroy McSex are a musical, drag duo performed by Newcastle-based artists Saraha Grundy and Edwin Li. https://soundcloud.com/user-544699903
This event is an outcome of World Is Sudden: Summer Lab, a 7-day programme (5-11 July) of performances, talks, screenings and workshops exploring the north east of England as a context for art production.