Mike Nelson: Again, more things (a table ruin): A Musical Response




For his exhibition, Again, more things (a table ruin), selected from the V-A-C Collection, Mike Nelson asked the musician Oliver Coates for a response from a musical perspective. One element of this request is a unique performance by Coates of cello pieces by Bach, Laurence Crane, Mica Levi, Iannis Xenakis and Andrew Hamilton, which takes place within the display itself, situating the musician in amongst the sculptures themselves.

A frequent visitor to Nelson’s installations through the 2000s, Coates’ 2013 album Towards the blessed islands was influenced by the artist’s powerful treatment of fabricated spaces. The other elements of the response comprise an essay ‘Resonance; Rhythm; Replica’, included in the exhibition catalogue, and an online recording of ‘beyond victory and defeat piece’ by Andrew Hamilton for cello and 2-bow technique.

Oliver Coates was the first cellist to be awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist award. This autumn he made his New York City debut at Le Poisson Rouge. He recently played concertos in China and Brazil and improvised at one of the last shows at Arma17 the warehouse techno club in Moscow. His work as an electronic music producer (FACT magazine reviewing his recent 12 inch disc as “outsider house”) has made him a sought-after performer/ producer on the PRAH recordings label. He is also principal cello with Aurora Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra. He can be heard on recent soundtracks such as The Master, Under the Skin and Monsters Dark Continent. He has curated five seasons of the cross-arts events Harmonic Series at Southbank Centre and is about to undertake a six week British Council / PRSF residency in Hong Kong.

 Please note that this is an unseated performance. Please notify the Gallery if you require a chair.

Duration 06 November 2014 - 06 November 2014
Times 7-7:30pm
Cost £8.50/£6.50 concession (£4.25 Whitechapel Gallery Members). *Proof of concessions and membership to
Venue Whitechapel Gallery
Address 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX, ,
Contact 020 7522 7888 / info@whitechapelgallery.org / www.whitechapelgallery.org

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