Festival: OTHERNESS, interrogating the ‘audiovisual’ through the lens of Otherness

Selachimorpha & Semelparous, Joey Holder. Photo: Damian Griffiths
Selachimorpha & Semelparous, Joey Holder. Photo: Damian Griffiths

IKLECTIK, the self-funded creative platform founded in 2014 in South London that showcases contemporary art, experimental music and artistic critical practice, presents the Otherness festival. For three days (2-4 December), they will bring together panel discussions, A/V performances and screenings to collide and abstract multiple conceptual ideas and social debates around the topic of Otherness in a peri-pandemic context.

The excessive use of relational digital tools has created a new dystopian mental state that radically changes how we understand the self and perceive the other—examining locations that provide a ground for discourse around the ancient, other realities, technology, nature, one-and-other and time through sonic rituals and technology acting as portals to eerie landscapes now lost to humankind.  

With this in mind, Otherness festival aims to collide multiple conceptual and social debates around the remix/cut/ mash-up culture, such as a distortion of reality through mass media, a blurring of fact and fiction, secret societies of the digital age, a lost sense of time and interlocational collaboration. 

Utilising indoor and outdoor spaces at IKLECTIK, Otherness will bring together Roly Porter + Endless Prowl, Dylan Henner + Rebecca Salvadori & Leah Walker, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Lia Mice, Joey Holder, Hivern Liminal, among many others. 

Some of our highlights are Selachimorpha & Semelparous by Joey Holder that revolves around Holder’s newest video work, situated within a complex physical structure; the eel is depicted as a mythological symbol, biological specimen, and its most controversial role: food;  Beginningless Mind by Marija Bozinovska Jones, a three-fold audio-visual narrative that interacted in real-time with search engines using natural language processing to decipher today’s ordering of knowledge; and Footage by Dylan Henner + Rebecca Salvadori & Leah Walker, a pre-scored AV live set creating a dialogue between extremely diverse video materials of the archival sound and video material from video artists Rebecca Salvadori and Leah Walker. 

Otherness festival runs 2, 3 and 4 December from 4:30 pm GMT. Find tickets here

Text by CLOT Magazine

Website https://www.tickettailor.com/events/iklectik/605454
(Image courtesy of IKLECTIK)

28 Nov 2021