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After Hours, Friday 16th December. FREE

December 5, 2011

An evening of live music, poetry and art responding to our Dark Matters exhibition.

Featuring performances from,

Butcher the Bar 

We Are Willow (part three) 

Adrian Slatcher 

&

ABC Artists 

Get here early for a complementary glass of Barefoot wine. A paid bar and festive nibbles will be available all evening.

Butcher the Bar

Signed to Morr Music (Múm, Amiina, The Go Find, Telekinesis), Butcher the Bar, AKA Joel Nicholson, makes subtle pop songs that are somewhat reminiscent of label-mates Seabear, but also of indie-pop greats such as The Lucksmiths and Elliott Smith. His second album, For Each a Future Tethered, was released in June and Joel and his band have just completed a month long tour of Europe. 

Label site here: http://www.morrmusic.com
Soundcloud here: soundcloud.com/butcher-the-bar
Video of new single is here: http://www.morrmusic.com/artist/Butcher%20the%20Bar/video/
Live videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77MOAfFI59w (E-Werk, Cologne, DE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJsyQQzDLQw (In Claudia’s house, Andenne, BE)

‘We Are Willow’ is musical collaborations and art by Chris Butler. The third installment see’s Butler collaborating with Sam Lench from ‘Samson & Delilah’. A departure from the more lo-fi and acoustic sounds of the previous two releases, ‘Part 3’ is heavier and more electric. Having just finished a small UK tour this will be there last gig of 2011.

http://soundcloud.com/wearewillow/

Adrian Slatcher is a Manchester based writer who has recently published poetry as part of the Salt Modern Voices series and by the Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. He blogs regularly about literature, art and technology at artoffiction.blogspot.com and his work can be read and seen at www.adrianslatcher.com

ABC Artists’ Andreas Schmidt, Jonathan Lewis and Mishka Henner will perform a new live interactive, digital work throughout the evening called, The Engine.

“Andreas Schmidt is a German-born, London based photographer/artist whose work has been exhibited and published internationally. In 2005 German fine art and photography book publisher Hatje Cantz published his first hard-back monograph entitled “Las Vegas” to international critical acclaim. Described by J.G. Ballard as “the poet of the hotel corridor”, his second book, ‘The City’ (2009), presents a photographic over-view of the architecture of London’s financial centre. Andreas Schmidt was a founding member of ABC, Artists’ Books Cooperative, and has self-published more than 50 books in an ongoing series. His artist’s books and related wall pieces were last exhibited at Rencontres d’Arles 2011.”

“Jonathan Lewis makes photo-based art that explores themes of production and consumption via the elemental properties of the pixel. His subjects, ranging from candy wrappers and glossy magazines to high-brow books and works of art themselves reflect an uncritical fascination for the manmade and the artificial. His process, often abstracting images beyond recognition, homogenises disparate forms and presents an aesthetic repost to the traditional hierarchy that lies between art and design. His work is held in a number of public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Société Française de Photographie, Paris, and George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY.”

“Mishka Henner was a signature artist in From Here On (2011), a group show representing the new age of photography at Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. He was presented with the Kleine Hans award in Holland for six bookworks produced between 2010 and 2011 and his book ‘Winning Mentality’ was acquired by the Tate Collection of Artists’ Books in 2010. Portfolios of his works have appeared in Photoworks, Photography Now and Else Magazine and his work has been reviewed in Source, the Philosophy of Photography Journal, British Journal of Photography and Frieze Magazine. He is a member of the ABC Artists Book Cooperative and is a co-founder of BlackLab. He lives and works in Manchester”

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