05.05.2015

Telephone exhibition

Thank you everyone who went to visit Telephone and contributed to its success.

We are now compiling the exhibition archive and audio book for the exhibition, which will be published soon. Please sign up to our mailing list for further details.

The first red telephone kiosk designed in 1924 by renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott was the site for four new sound works commissioned by Measure. The historic structure installed under the entranceway to Burlington House, Piccadilly was the only wooden prototype made of this iconic design.

Marking the 90th anniversary, Measure presented a programme of sonic compositions by UK-based artists. Presented consecutively artists Holly Pester,  Aura Satz,  Dan Scott and  Lawrence Abu Hamdan each probed the cultural role of the public telephone, its technological design and its relevance as a site for solitary conversation within a bustling central London setting.

Click here to visit the exhibition main website.

Thank you everyone who went to visit Telephone and contributed to its success.

We are now compiling the exhibition archive and audio book for the exhibition, which will be published soon. 

The first red telephone kiosk designed in 1924 by renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott was the site for four new sound works commissioned by Measure. The historic structure installed under the entranceway to Burlington House, Piccadilly was the only wooden prototype made of this iconic design.

Marking the 90th anniversary, Measure presented a programme of sonic compositions by UK-based artists. Presented consecutively artists Holly Pester,  Aura Satz,  Dan Scott and  Lawrence Abu Hamdan each probed the cultural role of the public telephone, its technological design and its relevance as a site for solitary conversation within a bustling central London setting.
02.03.2015

Shudder the thought: a near future fiction in stereo sound, 2017 by Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Shudder the thought: a near future fiction in stereo sound, 2017
9 mins duration

7 March – 3 May 2015
Wooden K2 Telephone Kiosk,
Burlington House entranceway,
Piccadilly W1J 0BD

Telephone is a series of sound works commissioned for the first red telephone kiosk ever made by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, which stands outside the Royal Academy. Holly Pester, Aura Satz and Dan Scott have all presented a new sound work on the phone line and the 4th and final commission launched on 7 March is by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, an artist currently featured in New Museum Triennial and the commissioned artist for Armory in New York.

Renowned for his examination of the use of the voice in law, Lawrence Abu Hamdan presents us with a prophetic tale in which we are warned of the advances of invasive audio-recording technology.

A man’s voice, speaking from the year 2017, tells us how one’s speech can be traced by measuring the indentation of its sound vibrations upon a surface. In this new world objects, furniture and architecture may all become complicit in storing our conversations. As the first machine to communicate the voice back-and-forth over distance, the telephone is the device used by the protagonist to proclaim his message.

The piece includes live recordings of this kiosk alongside sound recordings courtesy of Abe Davis, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Renowned for his examination of the use of the voice in law, Lawrence Abu Hamdan presents us with a prophetic tale in which we are warned of the advances of invasive audio-recording technology.
05.01.2015

Liberation through Hearing – Dan Scott

10th January – 6 March 2015
Wooden K2 Telephone Kiosk, Burlington House entranceway, Piccadilly W1J 0BD

Duration: looped 4 hour

This commission is the 3rd of 4 new sound works made for Telephone, our project celebrating 90years since the first red K2 phone box was designed and made by Giles Gilbert Scott. This wooden prototype has been sited outside the Royal Academy in London since 1926 and is where you can hear this new work by Dan Scott.

Taking a cue from Thomas Edison’s off-the-cuff remarks about inventing a Spirit Telephone, Liberation through Hearing explores the telephone’s connection to the afterlife and other worlds, both as analogy and agent for mediumship. The piece operates within a contemporary space of liminality – the on-hold phone system, where an anonymous voice drifts in and out of the earpiece accompanied by an repetitive musical score.

For Telephone, Scott has made a live recording of the default on-hold music installed on 64 million Cisco phone systems worldwide. This sound track is a long-form ritualistic work in itself, with the music performed in real-time over a number of hours by the artist and musicians from ARCO.

Punctuating this composition, are spoken recitals of real and imagined texts, including Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘A History of Spiritualism’; ethnographic accounts of the use of telephones in shamanic cults; the autobiography of Thomas Watson – inventor of the telephone and regular at seances – as well as earlier accounts of the afterlife such as Dante’s ‘Purgatory’ and Emmanuel Swedenborg’s ‘Heaven and Hell’.

Credits
On-hold voice: Glyn Pritchard
Musicians: Dan Scott, Neil Luck, Chihiro Ono, Adam De La Coeur.
Music: Opus Number 1 by Tim Carleton & Darrick Deel
Recorded by Reuben Kane.
Mixed by Dan Scott

Taking a cue from Thomas Edison’s off-the-cuff remarks about inventing a Spirit Telephone, Liberation through Hearing explores the telephone’s connection to the afterlife and other worlds, both as analogy and agent for mediumship.  For Telephone, Scott has made a live recording of the default on-hold music installed on 64 million Cisco phone systems worldwide.
11.11.2014

Dial Tone Drone by Aura Satz

The second of Measure’s Telephone commissions is by London-based artist Aura Satz and will premier in the kiosk on Sat 15th November.

Aura Satz
Dial Tone Drone, 2014
15 November – 9 January 2015
Wooden K2 Telephone Kiosk, Burlington House entranceway, Piccadilly W1J 0BD

For Telephone, Satz focusses on the familiar pitch of the electronic dial tone, a signal of live telephonic connection which came into widespread use in 1950s. Considering the dial tone as an open field of potential communication, Satz talked with electronic music pioneers Laurie Spiegel and Pauline Oliveros on the technological and perceptual implications of composing and listening to sustained musical notes, known as drone music. Excerpts of the conversations, recorded via Skype and IPhone, are played against compositions by the two composers, probing the political, musical and conceptual implications of the drone.

Dial Tone Drone features excerpts from ‘Horse Sings From Cloud’ (1975), an accordion score by Pauline Oliveros, and ‘Expanding Universe’ (1974-76), a computerised composition by Laurie Spiegel.

The commission is a companion piece to Satz’s work ‘Dial Tone Operator’, currently on show as part of ‘Mirrorcity’ at Hayward Gallery. To coincide with the launch of the commission there was a live performance with Elaine Mitchener and Jennifer Walshe at the Hayward Gallery on the 15th November.

More info on Mirrorcity here: www.mirrorcity.southbankcentre.co.uk/aura-satz

Read more about Pauline Oliveros here: http://www.paulineoliveros.us/

Read more about Laurie Spiegel here: http://retiary.org/ls/

Aura would like to thank Irene Revell, Fatima Hellberg, Gernot Fuhrmann and Lauren Angelos.

For Telephone, Satz considers the dial tone as an open field of potential communication, Satz talked with electronic music pioneers Laurie Spiegel and Pauline Oliveros on the technological and perceptual implications of composing and listening to sustained musical notes, known as drone music.
06.11.2014

Holly Pester’s commission for ‘Telephone’ being broadcast from Athens tonight

Here’s the info to listen to Holly’s work and the rest of what sounds like a great program live from Athens tonight on 3137.

Special thanks to Paky Vlassopoulou.

To listen click this link: http://www.3137.gr/babylon-radio-player

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The program starts at 6pm GMT.

Intro by Dafni Dragona, Sofia Dona and 3 137.

Featuring sound pieces by:
Holly Pester “Temperament, Temperature: a telephone drama of prolific call, horizontal speeching and an epic of gossip”, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Measure.
Αndreas Sell “Guideline to eat a slice of toast within eight bites”, 2007. Courtesy of the artist.
Daniel Kemeny “O paliazis”, perfomance, 2010. Courtesy of artist.
+ “τι έγινε ρε παιδιά? Καλά με συγχωρείς!”
All night streaming of “Aparadektous”, (a tv series of the 90’s)

The full program will start tomorrow, Friday 7th November from 9:00am GMT.

3 137
Mavromichali 137, Exarchia, Athens, Greece.

www.3137.gr
http://newbabylonrevisited.net/
http://www.3137.gr/babylon-radio-player

Here’s the info to listen to Holly’s work and the rest of what sounds like a great program live from Athens tonight on 3137. Special thanks to Paky Vlassopoulou. To […]
02.08.2014

Telephone

Wooden K2 Telephone Kiosk, Burlington House entranceway, Piccadilly W1J 0BD

19th September 2014 – 3rd May 2015.

Visit the blog page here
Visit the main exhibition page here.

How does the street telephone kiosk alter our experience of listening in the city?  Four artists create new sound works for a unique 1920s red telephone kiosk on Piccadilly

The first red telephone kiosk designed in 1924 by renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott is the site for four new sound works commissioned by Measure, a non-for-profit arts organisation.  The historic structure installed under the entranceway to Burlington House, Piccadilly was the only wooden prototype made of this iconic design.

Marking the 90th anniversary, Measure presents a programme of sonic compositions by UK-based artists. Presented consecutively artists Holly Pester,  Aura Satz,  Dan Scott and  Lawrence Abu Hamdan each probe the cultural role of the public telephone, its technological design and its relevance as a site for solitary conversation within a bustling central London setting.

Telephone features an accompanying public programme of talks and performances. Aura Satz’s commission launch event is at the Hayward Gallery on the 15th November, more info coming soon.

Telephone is co-curated by Measure and Poppy Bowers.

Supported using public funding from the Arts Council of England
Telephone is kindly supported by Callagenix

Holly Pester's commission 'Temperament, Temperature..' is now finished, lots of visitors to the kiosk heard her engaging and humorous work and an edit of the work will be posted onto the Telephone exhibition site. 

Visit the blog page<a href="http://telephonemeasure.tumblr.com/" target="_blank"> here</a>
Visit the main exhibition page <a href="http://measure.org.uk/exhibitions/telephone/">here</a>.
01.08.2014

Duncan Whitley, Writing of Stones.

Long time Measure collaborator Duncan Whitley has been commissioned by the B-side festival to make a new site-specific work. The festival itself features ten days of exhibitions and events across the Isle of Portland.

Writing of Stones is a site-specific sound work by Duncan Whitley, created for St. George’s Church on Reforne. The artist’s haunting installation resonates within the fabric of the church – built in the mid-eighteenth century of Portland stone – occupying its pews, galleries and nave with the ethereal and elusive medium of sound.

The installation invokes the idea of St. George’s and its cemetery as a quiet witness to its environment; testament to human and ecological narratives. Informed by obscure tales from Portland history and folklore, its three ‘chapters’ (The Storm, The Working of Stone, and The Hymn) take us on an abstract journey woven through sound, architecture and memory.

St. George’s Church: Declared formally redundant in the 1970’s, St. George’s Church and its graveyard stand alone on a flat piece of land on “Tophill”, a kind of monument to Portland. At the time of its consecration it was the only parish church on the island: a centripetal entity drawing in folk from Chiswell, Fortuneswell, Easton, Weston, Southwell, Wakeham and Portland’s other villages. Long after the establishment of several other churches on the island (contributing to the decreasing demand for services at St George’s), Portlanders continued to hold their burial services there. The municipal cemetery, in use today, sits just to the south of St George’s, contiguous to the old cemetery and overlooked by the church.

The majority of the headstones surrounding St George’s are, like the church itself, cut from Portland stone: eulogies and remembrances carved into the white limestone, quarried and raised from the land by the islanders remembered here. The graveyard reads like an archive of sorts: to a “kimberlin” (Portland dialect for “outsider”), it is a library of obscured tales; for those on the island, a repository for individual and communal memories.

5th September – 14th September, 10:00am – 5:00pm

St Georges CCT
Reforne, Wide St
Portland
DT5 2JP

Free

More info:

http://www.b-side.org.uk/whats-on

http://www.b-side.org.uk/events/writing-of-stones

http://www.shotgunsounds.com/

 

Writing of Stones is a site-specific sound work by Duncan Whitley, created for St. George's Church on Reforne. The artist's haunting installation resonates within the fabric of the church - built in the mid-eighteenth century of Portland stone - occupying its pews, galleries and nave with the ethereal and elusive medium of sound.
31.03.2014

Frances Scott – ‘Another way of reading’. A research residency at Swiss Cottage Library.

31st March – 11 May 2014

Another way of reading is a six week research residency at Swiss Cottage Library, and partnership between the Zabludowicz Collection and London Borough of Camden. It builds on the current exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection, Infinite City, which was developed in collaboration with the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco. Infinite City features works by nine artists, drawn equally from each collection, to examine the city as material, site, and situation for the contemporary lived experience. The residency also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Swiss Cottage Library, a Grade II listed building of architectural significance, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in 1964.

Details here.

As part of the residency, Frances will be in conversation on Sunday 6 April with artist Jonathan Murphy, and curator Kelly Large. The talk will take place at Swiss Cottage Library at 2pm – to introduce the research, and the exhibition of selected works from both Camden and Zabludowicz collections: Derek Jarman, Plague Street (1972) and Allora & Calzadilla, How to Appear Invisible (2008). The group will then walk to the Zabludowicz Collection to see the current exhibition, Infinite City.

Details and booking here.

31st March - 11 May 2014

<em>Another way of reading</em> is a six week research residency at Swiss Cottage Library, and partnership between the Zabludowicz Collection and London Borough of Camden.
01.02.2014

Negotiating Public Art and Commissioning Projects.

This seminar on the 28th Feb at Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent looks very interesting indeed. Details below from their press release:

28th February 2014
The Mitchell Arts Centre,
Broad Street, Stoke-on-Trent.
ST4 1HG

10.30am – 4pm

Created, developed and delivered by Frances Lord, Appetite is proud to announce that we’re hosting this opportunity for artists CPD at a heavily subsidised rate in association with a-n The Artists Information Company.

This seminar enables artists either new to public art, or wishing to develop their practice in the commissioning field, to gain insight into practical issues such as making proposals, responding to briefs, working within budgets, dealing with contracts, copyright and other legal issues. The seminar will also look at the potential for artists to work on large-scale installations or interventions in the public sphere. The seminar starts with a slide show of nationally and internationally sourced public art and commissioning case studies to stimulate discussion.

During the seminar we will look at:

· What sort of skills do you need?
· Identifying and responding to opportunities & briefs
· What makes a strong project proposal & presentation
· Creating your own brief and developing partnerships
· Matching aspirations to budgets
· Contracts

A Resources Handbook will be emailed to all participants after the seminar. Frances Lord is a consultant and curator who specialises in developing and managing public art and commissioning projects. Clients include local authorities, healthcare trusts, environmental and regeneration agencies, museums and galleries. www.franceslord.com

Am I eligible? Open to all artists and individuals working in the arts such as curators and project managers.

Buy tickets here.
More info here.
www.appetitestoke.co.uk

This seminar on the 28th Feb at Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent looks very interesting indeed. Details below from their press release: 28th February 2014 The Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad Street, Stoke-on-Trent. […]
25.01.2014

Testing Ground: Masterclass – talk by Ben Rivers at the Zabludowicz Collection

Measure worked with Ben Rivers on the touring project On Overgrown Paths. Ben is talking about some of his recent films on the 4th Feb, details below:

The Zabludowicz Collection’s Testing Ground: Master Class invites leading international artists to share their expertise with a small group of emerging artists from around the country over a week long intensive, led by artist Doug Fishbone.

On the 4th February at 6.30pm two short works by Rivers, SACK BARROW (2011) and A WORLD RATTLED OF HABIT (2008) will be screened followed by the artist’s talk at 7pm.

Visit the Zabludowicz Collection shop to book this lecture at £7 including free drinks here or 4 lectures for £20 here.

Zabludowicz Collection
176 Prince of Wales Road
London NW5 3PT

Image: Ben Rivers, Slow Action (2010) courtesy the artist and LUX, London.

Exhibition information.

Building on the success of its debut, Testing Ground: Master Class returns in 2014 (30 January–6 February), and offers a unique and free opportunity for a small group of emerging artists to work closely with leading international artists to discuss and develop their studio practice. Over the course of a week, eight young artists nominated by a nationwide group of artist-run spaces will participate in an intensive series of tutorials, workshops, reading groups, studio and gallery visits and seminars led by artist Doug Fishbone and guest artists including Marcus Coates, Ben Rivers, Lindsay Seers and Hannah Starkey as well as Zabludowicz Collection curators. In addition, each of the established artists will present an evening lecture giving participants and public a greater insight into their practice. This year’s Master Class will focus on a critical consideration around ideas of staging in relation to performative aspects of contemporary art practice alongside the physical presentation and viewing of artworks.

The emerging artists participating in the initiative have been nominated by Castlefield in Manchester, Eastside Projects in Birmingham, The NewBridge Project in Newcastle, Collective Gallery in Edinburgh, S1 Artspace in Sheffield, Spike Island in Bristol and Studio Voltaire in London. Each space was asked to identify artists for whom the opportunity to work with these tutors would be both an opportunity to consolidate their practice and give it a significant boost. In addition to having unparalleled access to internationally renowned artists, the Master Class participants are also able to build a national network of peers.

www.zabludowiczcollection.com

The Zabludowicz Collection's Testing Ground: Master Class invites leading international artists to share their expertise with a small group of emerging artists from around the country over a week long intensive, led by artist Doug Fishbone.