Unsound and Vision

Sound and vision have long been more-than comfortable bedfellows, as festival Unsound knows more than most.

Lustmord MFO Trinity
Lustmord MFO Trinity

The annual festival in Krawkow, Poland, celebrates the best in forward thinking AV design and sound, and is now bringing its spectacular up to London this week.

Among the visual highlights of the four-day programme is duo Demdike Stare, who open the festival on Thursday at the BFI.

Known to their parents as Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty, the pair’s occult-skewed output merges elements from cut soundtracks, VHS horror and all sorts of other strange ephemera, producing an eerily hypnotic set of sights and sounds.

Demdike Stare artwork.
Demdike Stare artwork.

Demdike Stare’s Unsound London performance will see them perform new work Concealed, with live video by Michael England, which ‘explores urban decay, bleak English landscapes and Japanese dance/mythology, to tell a story that lies enticingly just out of grasp’, according to Unsound.

Demdike Stare, Concealed
Demdike Stare, Concealed

‘Concealed’ will be performed alongside an opening performance from Polish avant-garde visual and sound art artist Anna Zaradny.’

Lustmord MFO Trinity
Lustmord MFO Trinity

Continuing the ‘bleak’ vibe is Welsh-born, California-based Brian Williams (aka Lustmord), whose solo AV show – a return after an absence of 31 years –  promises a ‘desolate landscape’ and sonic ‘phenomena harnessed and arranged to stimulate feelings of dread, but also escape, renewal and rebirth’.

Forest Swords
Forest Swords

Design Week favourite Forest Swords will be playing south London’s Corsica Studio on Saturday night. Formerly a graphic designer before turning to electronic music, the artist is known for his stunning visually driven performances.

Unsound logo
Unsound logo

 Unsound London runs from 26 – 29 September at various London venues. For more information visit http://www.unsound.pl/editions/london-2013

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