The Thinning Veil
J.M Bowers & Ryan Jordan
Thu 01 Nov 2012
The hinge of the year between October and November is known by many names. Samhain, All Hallows, All Saints, All Souls, Halloween, Winternights in Norse religions, Día de los Muertos in Mexico. But there is a common sense of the veil between worlds thinning amidst remembrance, celebration and foreboding.
Building on their sonic art practice, J. M. Bowers and Ryan Jordan present a ritual of occult psychodramas to stroke, touch, caress, punch, scratch and gnaw at the veil.
Between the living and the dead, between body and machine, between muscle and music, between filth and foundation, between TV screen and skrying machine. Worn down interfaces. A sieve to seep through. Threadbare meshwork. The thinning veil where we and our doubles (automaton, effigy, photograph, phonograph, corpse, saint) get made, unmade and dance around.
J. M. Bowers works with homebrew electronics, reconstructions of antique technologies, and digital media to combine sound, image and embodied action as fundamental material energies. He has performed at international festivals including Electropixel Nantes, Piksel Bergen, and BEAM London, and has recently toured with the Rambert Dance Company performing David Tudor’s music to Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest. He co-founded the Onoma Research label, playing guitar in the noise band Tonesucker.
Ryan Jordan is an electronic artist working with selfmade instruments and tools for live performance focusing on the physical and material nature of experience. He has presented his work internationally in a wide range of venues from art and academic institutions to derelict warehouses and squats. He runs noise=noise, a noise research laboratory and live performance platform.