Ecstatic Material: Beatrice Dillon and Keith Harrison

Image Credit: Keith Harrison © Hydar Dewachi

Arnolfini, Bristol and KARST, Plymouth

Thursday 07 February 2019 – Friday 08 February 2019

7 February: KARST, Plymouth. Book tickets

8 February: Arnolfini, Bristol, promoted by Qu Junktions. Book tickets

Two chances to catch this collaborative performance in the south west. Commissioned by Outlands, Ecstatic Material combines sound and substances from two original figures in their respective fields: musician and producer Beatrice Dillon and artist Keith Harrison.

Drawing on Keith Harrison’s renowned art practice transforming raw materials and Beatrice Dillon’s rhythmic computer music compositions, this jointly developed palette of playdoh pumping sound system and sound synthesis summons the euphoric and alchemical aspects of the everyday in a mingled sensory suite of elasticity, interference and reaction. Or as Keith Harrison defines it, “a live experiment in which our respective systems are set in motion, bending sound and material. We have an overall structure but have factored in a capacity to react to what’s happening each night and change as the tour progresses and material accumulates.”

This live experiment with sound and substance will be conducted through a modular system made up of malleable materials, light and multi-channel audio which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists into the performance space. Beatrice remarks: “I’m interested in creating a sense of a physical, tactile presence through sound, one that bumps into and spills over into Keith’s sculptures. I’m excited by the messy physicality of this project, exploring different scale and spatial opportunities and responding to the different constraints of each site.”

Tour DJs Copper Sounds spin copper dubplates, ceramic pots, heavy icelandic rocks, and self-pressed locked grooves into a primitive and tactile turntablism. They will also lead a daytime workshop at each tour venue, where participants can design and cast their own wax 7”.


BEATRICE DILLON is a London-based producer and artist with releases across Boomkat Editions, Hessle Audio, The Trilogy Tapes, PAN and Where To Now?. Recent performances include Atonal Berlin, Documenta Athens, Masåfåt Cairo, Moscow Save, MUTEK Montreal and Barbican Centre. She has collaborated widely with award-winning visual artists for film, installation and performance across ICA, TATE, Lisson Gallery, Palais de Tokyo Paris, Nasher Dallas and MACVAL Paris amongst others. She presents a show on NTS Radio. Dillon was the recipient of Wysing Arts Centre’s artist residency in 2016 and the Somerset House Studios artists residency from 2018.

KEITH HARRISON is an established artist particularly known for his work with ceramics, public experiments and the transformation of raw materials to unpredictable effect. Harrison’s work shows an awareness of social issues: the relation with audience; the value of physical things; references to popular music and social housing. Well documented was his collaboration with sensationally loud grindcore music pioneers Napalm Death, whereby Harrison built a ceramic tiled wooden sound system which changed form in response to the group's raw energetic sound reverberating inside the structure and unexpected assistance from the crowd.

COPPER SOUNDS are a Bristol based duo who are pushing the conventional DJ set towards a more three dimensional conclusion. During their expansive live DJ sets they juggle four turntables to extract and manipulate the native and otherwise dormant sounds of their eclectic record collection. The imposing, hypnotic physical set-up sculpts a raw and repetitive cacophony creating a dark and fractious dancefloor energy, which the duo rides into a prehistoric and tectonic assault.


Curated and produced by Jennifer Lucy Allan and Al Cameron for Outlands.

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