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Under Barrows - Sonic Responses to the Calton Area

Event organized by THE PIPE FACTORY

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The Pipe Factory is pleased to present three newly commissioned sound works by multi-instrumentalist Ela Orleans (PL), psychogeographical composer Drew Mulholland (UK) and interdisciplinary artist Paul Devens (NL) for Glasgow International 2018. Being developed over the past year, the works were formed in direct response to the changing historic and socio-geographic situation of the Barras Market and the surrounding Calton Area.

Ela Orleans is a Glasgow-based composer and audiovisual artist, currently following a PhD at Glasgow Uni. For GI 2018, Ela will present "Martyrs, Angels and Villains" – an audiovisual composition constructed by using archival material and recordings of the landscape surrounding the Calton Area. Inspired by Walther Ruttman´s Symphony of Metropolis, Ela will reimagine Glasgow as an abstract landscape within an ongoing dynamic of changing relationships and atmospheres. Over the past decade her albums and soundtracks for independent films have been presented at international galleries such as Tate Britain and her work has found acclaimed supporters such as director David Lynch and producer Andrew Weatherall.

While previously presenting his works as Mount Vernon Arts Lab and Mount Vernon Astral Temple on labels such as Ghost Box, Earworm or Eskaton, over the past decade Drew Mulholland has been slowly developing his vision of Psychogeography as composer in residence at the Geography departement Glasgow. For GI 2018 Drew will reflect on the obscure history of The Pipe Factory within the surrounding area by merging recordings from the former "Gost Yard", a small area steeped in reports of historical and residual hauntings, a former police court, the London road pedestrian tunnel, Glasgow’s lost river The Molindinar and The Pipe Factory itself into an alchemical narrative.

Paul Devens is an interdisciplinary artist that works in the intersection of sound, architecture and video. His performance at The Pipe Factory will rework different fieldrecordings done in various countries on a 4.1 surround sound system. The piece will merge, recontextualize and transform the sounds and noises created by different public places around the world within the context of the Barras Market. Previously his work has been installed, performed and screened at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Diapason Gallery New York, D-0 ARK Biennial of Bosnia – Herzegovina, Stimulating Synapse EMAA Nicosia and bb15 Linz.