In 1966 John Cage conceived an ambitious work correlating physical space and broadcast media. Variations VII was intended to transform an architectural space, The Armory in New York City, into a broadcast space, in which telecommunications technologies such as radio, television and open telephone lines would bring global media transmissions and the urban environment of New York into a live performance. On 29 February 2008, Variations VII was performed in the UK for the first time, a performance which was also its European premiere and the first time it had been performed outside of the USA. The performance took place at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, as part of AV Festival 08, and was performed by Newcastle duo, :zoviet*france:, Matt Wand and Atau Tanaka.
For this special Valentine’s Day edition of Cage Transmitted, Atau Tanaka will present documentation from the 2008 performance of Cage’s Variations VII at the Baltic in Newcastle upon Tyne. We will also see extracts from Cage’s original 1966 performance in Barbro Schultz Lundestam’s documentary film. Afterwards, Atau will give a short performance of Pure Data running on a battery of iPhones, sampling and resampling things and nothings, in hommage to Cage. Bubblyfish will create a participatory situation specifically for Norte Maar, that might involve anything from sounds to Post-It notes.
About Atau Tanaka:
Atau Tanaka, creates music for sensor instruments, mobile infrastructures, and democratized digital forms. His first inspirations came upon meeting John Cage during his Norton Lectures at Harvard and would go to on re-create Cage’s Variations VII with Matt Wand and :zoviet*france:, performing it in Newcastle upon Tyne, Berlin, and Paris. Atau is a U.S. expatriate overseas for 20 years. In the 90’s he formed Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide and then moved to Japan and came in contact with the noise music scene, playing with Merzbow, Otomo, KK Null and others.
Atau has released solo, group, and compilation CD’s on labels such as Sub Rosa, Bip-hop, Caipirinha Music, Touch/Ash, Sonoris, Sirr-ecords. His work has been presented at ICC in Japan, Ars Electronica, DEAF/V2, and Transmediale in Europe, and Eyebeam, Wood Street Gallery, and SFMOMA in the U.S.. He has been artistic ambassador for Apple, researcher for Sony CSL, artistic co-director of STEIM, and director of Culture Lab Newcastle. He is currently building a new research team on gesture and music with funding from the European Research Council (ERC) at Goldsmiths Digital Studios in London. http://www.ataut.net
Haeyoung Kim explores the texture of sounds in electronic music. Currently, under the name Bubblyfish, she has been creating 8-bit and experimental sound works. Based in NYC, Bubblyfish has worked as a sound designer,audio engineer, and interactive artist. Bubblyfish’s work has been presented in various museums, clubs, festivals, and galleries including The American Museum of the Moving Image, PS1, Mutek, File Festival, Lincoln Center Walter Reed theater, and Kunsthalle Wien. Bubblyfish’s album Peripheral v1.2.1 is released on Retinascan Records (http://www.retinascan.de). Her recent cover version of Kraftwerk’s ‘It’s More Fun To Compute’ is included on compilation album, 8-Bit Operators, released on Astralwerks. The new self release EP album Too Cute To Kill is available upon a request. http://www.bubblyfish.com