TIM SHAW & DIRTY ELECTRONICS – TRANSMISSION LINES
A new performance installation for spark gap transmission and electromagnetic spectrum.
Spark gaps made from everyday objects used as conductive electrodes. Scrap metal, tin cans
cans, chairs, barrels, cooking utensils, and a bicycle wheel are suspended and moved through performative actions and motor mechanisms to create intense electrical sparks and raw sound. While radio waves picked up from the high voltage constructions of DIY coils, sound circuits and portable radios. Sequences of charged xenon camera flashes strobe lights, Franklin bells, Jacobs conductors and electromagnetic pumps are inserted into the environment.
A daring journey through the danger zone of high voltage light and sound.
Dirty Electronics & Tim Shaw's Transmission Lines was developed during a recent stay in an old lumberyard in Yamaguchi, Japan.
John Richards explores Dirty Electronics focusing on shared experiences, social interaction and critical making. He is concerned with the performance of large-group electronic music and DIY electronics, and he has come to consider these activities as a holistic action. It is a fluid, live practice associated with the ideas of workshop-installation and performance-installation. His work pushes the boundaries between music, performance art, electronics, and graphic design and is transdisciplinary as well as having a socio-political dimension. He has also written numerous texts on DIY practices, performance of electronic music, and object-orientated and material approaches in relation to sound art.\
Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through performances, installations and sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video, modular synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software. His artworks, recordings and writings have been featured in The Guardian, Arte Tracks, Neural, BBC Radio 3, We Make Money Not Art, The British Music Collection, The Field Recording Show, Alphr, Its Nice That, SHAPE and The Space.