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Hello there, we are SoundFjord, the UK's first sound art devoted gallery and research unit, though we are more that just that - working as itinerant curators, collaborating with others in distant cities, countries even, we promote our love of sound and its creative possibilities to one and all.
SoundFjord is sound designer Andrew Riley and artist Helen Frosi. We work our socks off to bring our vision and expertise to the sonic arts - an artform full of creative and educational potential (view article).
SoundFjord was set up in the summer of 2010 with our savings and the time and support of friends and interested folk (view article). The main aim of the gallery was, and continues to be, to redress the lack of exhibition space and to nurture a better understanding of sound within the arts as well as to provide a welcoming listening environment with high-quality equipment to encourage active and thoughtful listening (view article).
Our gallery resides in the vivid and multi-cultural Seven Sisters area of North London, along a street once bustling with the textile manufacturing trade. We reflect the colours, sound and dynamic of our cultural diversity in our own bustling programme (view article)!
Our Calling: Sound & Music
SoundFjord is a pocket-sized, not-for-profit organisation which means we pour all monies earned back into making our project bigger, better and more profound. We currently support our exhibition programme (exhibition example) through our own pockets, skills/ideas share and through our extensive events and education program featuring lectures and informal talks, "show and tell' critiques, grass roots and advanced workshops, performances, sound and film screenings (view article), exploratory and experimental music performances and artist's residencies. For two individuals you can almost hear the swarm, we are as busy as bees!
Since it's inception, SoundFjord has worked with myriad artists including such luminaries as Steve Roden, Michael J Schumacher, i8u, AGF, Liminal, Rubedo and to name but a few bright young stars, Robert Curgenven, Yann Novak, Tomas Phillips, Song-Ming Ang, Gary James Joynes (Clinker), Simon Whetham, Jo Thomas and Ailà s Nà Rà ain. We are always listening out for artists exploring the reach of sound by creative means.
In just under a year, we have welcomed over 3000 visitors through our doors and to our external events and very much look forward to welcoming you!
Our Cause Is Your Cause
Building upon the momentum raised through our exhibition at Dragonfly Festival (Sweden) in 2010 (highlighting over 70 international sound artists), SoundFjord will celebrate the intense and profound connection we all have with sound and visual culture. Hand-in-hand with especially selected performers, score-makers, filmmakers and installation artists, we will curate a special event named PHONO:GRAPHIC.
This event will take place at newly opened Galerie8, London (UK) on 14th August 2011 and will feature work by renowned practitioners and performances by up-and-coming artists with something to say. This event will be part of a series of five events under the moniker, Sound Waves. These events will take place from July to August 2011. Each event will celebrate a different element of sound and visual culture in its own way.
We have decided to look at graphic/alternative scores. "Alternative scores" you may ask? We see these as a way for artists and musicians to play and extend upon the conventional vocabulary of music; to liberate the performer from rigid orchestration; and to open up this form of representation to individual or group interpretation. We will focus on the use of visual elements with reference to standard notation and will extend this format outwards to notations which may not have any connection to the stave or to quavers or semibreves.
The evening will feature an eclectic mix of performance complimented by works made for screen, and on paper. The audience will be given the opportunity to listen to scores and look at the objects, drawings and notation they have been realised from. Visitors will also be able to talk to the performers and to ask questions about their performances and how they themselves became interested in extending their musical vocabulary.
We now appeal to you, the good folk at IndieGoGo, for your support to help keep our activities alive - to bring PHONO:GRAPHIC to fruition...
To date we have just about got the event 'wrapped up and in the bag', but we need your help to bring a number of our chosen performers over to the UK. They currently live in France and because London is not the cheapest of cities our buget falls short of bringing them to London! Formanex, as they are know, are made up of three seasoned performers: Emmanuel Leduc, Julien Ottavi and Anthony Taillard.
These chaps are highly respected performers. Not only do they perform scores by the likes of Cornelius Cardew, Earle Brown, Keith Rowe, Morton Feldman and John Cage, they often have scores written especially for them, and are known to have been gifted works by Kasper T Toeplitz, Phill Niblock and Jerome Joy. It would be a great pleasure to bring these performers over to the UK and to allow them the opportunity to delight visitors to the event at Galerie8 this coming August.
We kindly ask that you spread the word about our campaign, and to reach deep into your pockets and donate as much as you can afford to this worthy cause. We need just $3,000 to bring the performers over to the UK and to give them accommodation, transport for their equipment and afford other necessary expenses! Any monies gleaned in addition to the target will go towards supplementing artists fees for all involved in PHONO:GRAPHIC. Should we not reach our target, we will use all monies donated to assist with the realisation of further events organised by SoundFjord. Not a penny will be wasted!
The Resonance Of Your Pennies
With the sound of every penny that drops into the PHONO:GRAPHIC piggybank we are one step closer to fulfilling our goal and bringing the joys of exploratory and experimental music to the general public. Think about it, the world is full of noise, so help us give voice to the music within it. Your energies, be they through spreading the word, visiting our gallery, or donating to our causes - are equally valid and all help to bring music to the ears of many through the appreciation of music and worldly sounds reinvented.
Without your help SoundFjord would continue to be and so to would its events and activities, however they would be on a smaller scale, less extensive and demanding and extensive in their reach. Help SoundFjord build a world of art through sound and music. You can help with your own bricks and mortar: spreading the word and donating either time or money to us!
With your help we will succeed in curating an unmissable event teeming with life: performances, interactive installations, films to watch, audio works to listen to as well as interesting individuals to meet with and speak with. And with your support we are very grateful. Thank you for believing in our campaign!
In reciprocation we offer small rewards in the form of mentions in marketing materials, tickets to future SoundFjord events, and for those able to reach into the deeper recesses of your pockets, the one off perk of receiving a visual score for your own private collection - or equally, for you to perform! Whatever you can afford we offer your our sincere handshake.
Hearing Is Believing!
To see what we get up to for yourselves, why not experience our 'Re/Flux' programme, soon to be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (16th July 2011), or participate in our 'Listen Up' events in association with World Listening Day (17th July), or just drop by our first birthday extravaganza to be held at the gallery on 31st July 2011. Our latest exhibition 'birdbrain' opens on 18th June 2011 - all our exhibitions are free and open to all, and it'd be great to see new faces. Indeed, we are always looking for new 'adventurers in sound' so do come over, we make a mean cuppa!
Further information on SoundFjord and our activities may be found at: www.soundfjord.org, or for that personal touch, why not email us or drop us a line. Our details can be found at our 'Contact Us' page on our webpage.
A Final Word
Don't forget to tweet and blog about our cause and to visit SoundFjord when you are nearby! Literary "make some noise" about the sound art gallery in the big smoke!