[RHP] CDRs is a limited edition record label releasing music made by producers whom do not primarily or solely consider themselves to be musicians. A working model of a record label that operates within the art world, it is simultaneously an artwork, a curatorial experiment, an organisation and; just a record label. [RHP] CDRs is […]
Zam Zam Rec and Bumtapes return following their FAG Radio live-streaming recording project at Supernormal 2013, this time bringing their converted Art B Tape Tent – an inter-space laboratory, dub zone, bakery, studio-sound-editing + copy place. Roving around the festival recording music & sounds ((fragments of live sets, wind, trees, words and fire they will […]
Artist Abigail Reynolds will be setting up a maze as part of an on-going series of ‘Albion Fairs’ taking inspiration from the 1974 ‘Barsham Fair’
AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX examines the influence of the music video and its relationship to contemporary art. A consistently experimental genre, the music video spans a changing technological period. From the early documentation of live performance, artists have both incorporated and influenced the narrative techniques and marketing devices employed by the music industry. AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX draws upon the reciprocal […]
Andy Holden’s work incorporates a wide variety of media and forms of presentation, from plaster, bronze and ceramic objects, to music, performance and large outdoor sculpture. His recent solo exhibition Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection and Spike Island, includes film, large-scale sculpture and performance exploring the output and legacy of the MI!MS […]
From a single apple festival goers will learn how to carve their own swan using nothing more than a sharp knife. The workshop will take participants through a step by step process of how to create their very own swan which will become part of a show table reminiscent of a country show. The public […]
Bermuda Triangle Test Engineers is the live/performance extension of the trio of sound artists who produce the Bermuda Triangle Test Transmission Broadcasts radio programme for London’s radio arts station, Resonance104.4fm, every Thursday 11pm – midnight. The Bermuda Triangle has been a regular feature in various guises on Resonance104.4fm for nearly 11 years. For SN2013 they […]
The BTTTBE will be engaging people on site with a combination of pre-planned and reactive sonic activities. BTTTBE is the live/performance extension of the trio of sound artists who produce the BTTTBE radio programme for London’s radio arts station, Resonance104.4fm, every Thursday 11pm – midnight. Howard Jacques’ The Bermuda Triangle has been a regular feature […]
The BTTTBE will be engaging people on site with a combination of pre-planned and reactive sonic activities. BTTTBE is the live/performance extension of the trio of sound artists who produce the BTTTBE radio programme for London’s radio arts station, Resonance104.4fm, every Thursday 11pm – midnight. Howard Jacques’ The Bermuda Triangle has been a regular feature […]
Kevin Hunt and Sam Venebles will be presenting a large-scale work using their BMW Series 1 as an exhibiting space. |BMW| is a roving project space for the presentation of experimental large-scale work, exploring the idiosyncrasies of a life on the road. |BMW| presents an autonomous platform for the production and re-contextualisation of inventive work. […]
The Museum of Flatland presents the world imagined by Edwin A. Abbott in his Victorian satire ‘Flatland’ where everything is flat until the discovery of a third dimension. Inspired by the discovery of a rare text, a team of Flatland historians and archeologists embark on an exploration of a lost world in a hidden corner […]
BIAW is a non-profit making organisation set up in 1995 from which Supernormal stemmed. An artist-led initiative striving to provide a meeting point for artists working in all visual disciplines, it bought together up to 30 international artists of all nationalities for 16 days to work, exchange dialogue and experiment in a way that is […]
Hailing from Antipodean shores, Brigitte Hart is an Australian performance and sound artist whose practice engages the art of story telling through various mediums. Hidden within the house at Braziers Park expect site-specific installations envisioned to offer up new narratives of the space that surrounds you.
BDS (second generation) will offer a semaphore performance via multiple broadcasted messages around the festival site whereby the content of the coded messages will incorporate a variety of literary texts, scripts pertinent to the context of BDS and collectivity. Using mirrors and custom made glitch-aesthetic flags, (the aesthetic of failure) a transmitted morse-coded message will […]
BUNTY, the wild-eyed multi-instrumentalist, conceptual artist, beat-merchant and vocal improviser presents a sneaky peak of the spectacular Multimos live show including AV, dancers, an audience choir and special guests. On Beatabet records.
Bread Head is a collaboration between artists Neil Taylor & Harriet Murray of Campbell Works and artists Valentin Manz and Christine Cynn who have, for the last 9 years, been making a rye sourdough inspired by the small village bakery in south eastern Bavaria. A ‘bread head’ is someone who is obsessed with the monetary […]
All visitors to renowned illustrator Carolyn Gowdy’s imaginary garden will be invited to sit for a ‘Poem Person Portrait’ and have the chance to take their photograph home with them. ‘What sort of flower are you ?’ i.e. Perhaps you might be inspired to reveal your ‘inner bloom’. Carolyn will find a poem within each person. ‘Plucking props from boxes of […]
Forming in the fields of Supernormal 2013, Charismatic Megafauna is an all-female drum band comprising artist Jenny Moore, designer Georgia Twigg and writer Susannah Worth. Performing a gig on stage, presenting recent documentary The Punk Singer as part of the People’s Palace cinema programme and hosting a Sunday coffee morning on site, Charismatic Megafauna will be utilising […]
Following a series of a ‘postcard’ appearances in the New Forest created in association with ArtSway; ‘Show Pony Parade’ and most recently a ‘guerilla dressage’ performance at LUPA 7 Charlie Murphy will be bringing her ‘Pantomime Pony’ to stage several appearances throughout Supernormal. Drawing on existing pantomime pony costumes and working with current performance partners […]
Following her great success last year, horse whisperer Miss Charlie Murphy returns to amaze you with her special brand of equestrian magic featuring her latest troupe of performing pantomime ponies.
Chooc Ly’s practice is multi-disciplinary ranging from sculpture, text, video, to performance. In her creative exploration, Chooc Ly intends to question facts and propositions as an invitation to re-think the way that we experience and perceive our environment. Part of her inquiry is the arguable role of Physics, which she scrutinizes through materiality and time-based […]
‘Chutney 7 – The Magnificent Seven’ is a multifaceted, interactive live art event, which draws on the spirit of celebratory public assembly dating back to prehistory. Appearing in the guise of a fete, country fair or rarey sideshow, it is an ‘organic’ public art work, presenting the public with a humorous and thought provoking display […]
Clarice Diamond and I is a collaborative project between Lady Lucy and Laura Mansfield. Having simultaneously read Wilkie Collin’s Woman in White, a novel serialized for publication in All the Year Round, (1859 -1895) a British weekly literary magazine founded and owned by Charles Dickens Lucy and Laura are writing their own period drama. Clarice […]
Samuel (Sponge) Overington + Jennifer (Coffee) Farmer create pieces that are both epic and intimate, permanent and transient. Coming from different art practices and cultural perspectives, they intend to find a lingua franca between their disciplines and experiences. Coffee+Sponge warmly invite festival goers to ‘Eat Like No One’s Watching’ and enter their luxury banquet chamber […]
With echoes of John Latham who built his first Skoob Tower here at Braziers in 1964, Senegalese artist Cool Diabang will present ‘Voicelessness’ an interactive performance. Old books and magazines, ripped and piled up will form an installation where the public are invited to join in a collective reading (either aloud or in silence) of […]
Join best-selling cartoonist James Parsons for an eye-popping workshop of comic art craziness. Learn secret cartooning tips, design and build your own pair of genuine working X-Ray Spex, draw secret code comics, and explore some of the basic techniques of pop-up comics. This workshop will be suitable for children aged 6+ and grown-ups too, all […]
A guided craft activity utilising various crochet bits, coloured wools and banners. Participants are invited to learn the simple art of crochet to make letters spelling out words or phrases by the end of the session and over the weekend, and to contribute to making a group Supernormal banner. Crochet is the new knitting don’t […]
Using this historic photographic process from the 19th century you will be able to create beautiful blue prints using the natural environment of the Braziers site. Come along any age and create your own supernormal blueprint.
Daniel Spicer is a writer, broadcaster and improviser based in Brighton. He is a member of the chaotic electro-acoustic sextet Bolide, the free-jazz unit West Hill Blast Quartet, and the text/sound duo Mandarin Splashback. He also performs solo vocal improv, poetry and spoken word – and has so far released two solo CDs on the […]
British abstract painter Danny Rolph pushes painting to the limit. His work takes on a sculptural element, the forms and colours of continual movement depict his continual investigation into his discourse with space. Referencing Pop Art and Old Masters, Rolph juxtaposes abstract brushwork with figuration and collaged compositions of found materials, photos and studies from […]
‘And that no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of his mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name’ (Rev. 13:17). Value: A Visualisation, Part One, The Market..
Since early 2013, Death Shanties have been a dominant voice in Glaswegian improv. With its separate members covering most of the spectrum of Glasgow’s famed arts and music scene, Death Shanties is a uniquely immersive live experience. Consisting of Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (sax/electronics) and Lucy Stein (live visuals), Death Shanties mixes wild avant-skronk […]
The ‘instant’, readily available bright pictures of today’s cinema rely on hi tech gadgets and sometimes lack the mystery and aura that the ‘hand drawn’ possesses. This workshop, run by film-maker Vicky Smith, invites participants to mark film using the full physical body. This method joins the human pulse to the beat of the film […]
A discussion drawing on Braziers’ connections with the Sigma Project and the Antiuniversity: ‘Above all, we must do away with artificial splits and divisions between disciplines and art forms and between theory and action. We raise no a priori barriers to membership in the Antiuniversity other than a desire to find out or relate ‘what […]
Emergent Behaviour are a two-part ‘Live Art Duet’ that act as mediators between their worlds. People are constantly identifying themselves through their gender, race, sexuality etc which creates boundaries. In order to overcome discrimination we must surpass this terminology and therefore create new ‘utopian moments’ through which people can identify themselves. Why must we be […]
Placed at the pivotal point where sound art and music meet, Lilwall examines genre using low–fi technology – shifting the audio, dissecting and refining sound into a raw material creating a new ‘super compound’ and fusion of the dismembered elements. Staging a durational activity that employs a hand-made record lathe and a sewing machine, she […]
Placed at the pivotal point where ‘sound art’ and music meet, Emma Lilwall’s practice examines genre. By shifting the framework that holds the audio, she challenges stable identities and borders through her art. This process involves the dissection of sound which is refined into a raw material. Through collaboration she brings together disparate sounds from […]
The ESB is a live mobile platform for performance collaborations between sonic and visual modes of improvisation curated by Lorah Pierre & Ewa Justka. ESB opens up a sonically controlled playground in virtual and physical spaces from a range of creative research fields located in different geographical locations. Performers and participants have space to experiment […]
With play and interaction as a key part of this activity, you are invited to have a rummage through the fancy dress box to create a character or alter-ego for family, friends or even for yourself. These drop-in drawing sessions explore scale, proportion, tone, shading, mark making and materials in a relaxed and fun environment […]
Artists Ralph Dorey and Lyndsay Officer are interested in the examination of material, in ecology outside of an anthropocentric ﬁeld of vision. They are interested interested in an encounter with a human or non-human other which neither creates a spectacle of that other, of the subject or of the encounter. Setting up camp at Braziers […]
A new audio-visual collaboration between Aidan Richard Taylor and Kim Da Costa. The project embodies live performance using handmade and hacked analogue machines and forgotten technology of the recent past. Aidan Richard Taylor (from Ginko) builds his own modular performance synthesizers and sound effects and hacks consumer electronics in order to craft a unique sound. […]
Worthing-based poet and painter Gary Goodman invests each of his works with a unique unpretentious poignancy and rich wit. For this event, Gary will be accompanied by the multi-faceted Nick Hudson, providing an unimposing yet hauntingly sympathetic soundtrack to Gary’s totally engrossing narrative.
Worthing-based poet and painter Gary Goodman invests each of his works with a unique unpretentious poignancy and rich wit. For this event, Gary will be performing a piece composed at last year’s Supernormal.
Expanding on work undertaken on an art residency at Medea Electronique and a recent performance at Kinetica Art Fair, and collaborating with artists Nick Rothwell and Stavros Apostolatos, Gaynor will be creating a multi media performance & interactive installation piece. Working with the crowd to create a multi media labyrinth where participants enter & slowly […]
Throughout the weekend the avant-punk collective Gertrude will build a nest of tunes overlaid with birdsong gathered on-site with the assistance of Supernormal dwellers. The team will be on the hunt for good bird-spotting locations, directions to hedgerow activity, or possibly even clues to “birdsong” of a more human nature. Commentary, discussion, mapping and spontaneous […]
With the very nature of zines as a creative outlet existing away from the mainstream, these sessions will begin with an ‘unlesson’ in breaking all the usual publishing rules. This will be followed by practical sessions where participants have the opportunity to explore different styles, content, mediums and methods to create your very own zine. […]
Ginko is a multi-talented artist who works with a uniquely crafted music. All instruments involved with his performance are handmade bar a couple of guitar FX pedals. His instruments are designed with performance in mind and are reactive to ambient light (or darkness depending on which way you look at it), flashlights and rays of […]
Dunning is an experimental artist who works primarily with sound and found objects. His work is concerned with time, noise, and memory. He creates abstract music machines from found tape loops, dusty 78s, live environmental sound, endlessly repeating dubplates of field recordings, and analogue synthesizer drone. These contraptions are then used to fill whole spools […]
Greta Pistaceci is a multidisciplinary artist, performer and improviser. Her practice has its start-point in sound, yet her interests go beyond the sonic field. Recent works have explored categorisation in art, muting and feminist issues, perfection and failure, art as therapy, and experiencing the moment. Pistaceci performs extensively and as part of duo Earth Creature […]
Grubby Mitts are a 5-piece band fronted by artist Andy Holden. They combine improvised electronica, strings, toys, guitars, percussion, homemade instruments, and lyrical refrains into songs that marry maverick spark with vibrant invention. A band with the temerity to cover Ivor Cutler should be applauded, a band who can do that and carry it off, […]
H is a French artist and musician whose vast creative output within a D.I.Y and lo-fi aesthetic deviates among the expanses of sound, performance and production. Founder of ZAMZAM Records described as ‘a graphique & music interphase, an ad-lib Internet radio, zone and party’ is made up of a boundless composite of experimental music, noise […]
Hákarl & Diana Policarpo: Dança Bruta A cilice of sculpture, dance, penitence. Curating artistic desire into self-destruction. An act, performance, dramaturgy, circling around ab/rogation as the white-hot piston. Perspicuity (as if!): dance is haunted by electricity, muscular convulsions; sculpture hides by ‘being’ static; sound is only ever the most proximal despondancy of material, fabric. Electrocuting […]
This weekend long activity looks at the relationship between body parts and sites of feeling to find new ways to express and work through pains, feelings and worries in a shared, collective and creative way. ‘Votives’ are derived from ancient Rome and modern Mexico exploring the age-old practice of embodying the material world around us […]
Reknowned for his Hackney Wicked Coracle races amongst other things, he will be transforming Braziers’ rooms into dystopian environments, future allegories of a world beyond progress.
Her Noise is a resource of collected materials investigating music and sound histories in relation to gender bringing together a wide network of women artists who use sound as a medium to investigate social relations, inspire action or uncover hidden soundscapes. Since its inception in 2001 and relating Electra exhibition in 2004, Her Noise has […]
Holly is a London-based artist whose practice centres on the performative, employing live action, video and drawing. Her recent work cannibalises and regurgitates visions of the divine from various cultural traditions. She is fascinated by the ways in which these images overlap, how a particular symbol is adopted and adapted as it passes from ancient […]
Artistic everyman or professional wind-up merchant – Metcalfe has fingers in more pies than he has fingers for pies. Long-standing Klinker henchman, sound poet, film maker, improviser – Metcalfe’s all or none of these, orthodoxly anarchist rather than an orthodox anarchist. For Supernormal we’ll get at least two of these, as he’ll be playing with […]
The Hydroponic Theatre is a pop up theatre that twists above, below, inside, outside and beyond performance through traditional theatre, experimentation, story telling and performance asking ‘what makes a story?’ Using a variety of costumes, props and materials, The Hydroponic Theatre inspires and encourages children’s creativity, allowing imaginations go wild, creating tall tales and small […]
Jack’s work is centered around performance and installation, charlatanism and shamanism. an intervention into the social codes of the viewer through combinations of the ceremonial, stage illusion, and the everyday, aimed at invoking mystery, and allowing the viewer a moment of wonder.
Jacknife is a Bristol based screen-printing collective consisting of artists who design, print, sell and exhibit band, gig and tour posters. At Supernormal they will be designing a limited run of Supernormal 2013 and selected band posters and live screen-printing them onsite as well exhibiting previous prints and merch. You can also join them for […]
Jarek will be installing 3 individually made tents by the artist, in different places in Braziers Park. They form part of a continuing project: poeticalaccessories.pl. “They are dedicated to “develop the poetical mind of everyone”. Inside each tent are soft, frendly small environements to spend some time alone for anyone who wishes.
Whether it is a zombie requiem or a proposal for a rock opera, artists Jenny Moore and Simon Clark have cooperated on a number of performances, and are now collaborating on a collection of original songs. Spanning the personal to the political polemic, they explore a sonically diverse set of idiosyncrasies composed for voice, guitar, […]
Diane Archer and Christina Sabberton create art about their shared gender in a playful and interactive way. Explore the phenomenon of “body shapers” they reveal how many inches can be lost when several layers of “shapers” are applied with ‘Jerrica’s Miracle Shapers’. They will provide a custom service designed to offer a unique reshaping garment […]
Artist and writer John Cussans, founding member of the ‘Free School in a New Dark Age’, has recently taken part in the organization of Tele-Geto project in Haiti. He also collaborated with Roberto N. Peyre to make the amazing fusion work The Pomba Gira working: ‘A delicious picaresque and diasporic journey taking in the Crossbones […]
Taking inspiration from Stefano Harney and Fred Moten’s The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (2013), the ‘Arm the Imaginary Party’ section from Tiqqun’s This is not a Program (2011) and the saturday night slave dances that fermented the Haitian revolution, these two seminars will address the Black radical tradition from the perspective of American […]
Sound installation pieces by John Hughes: O Paliatzis and Who let the dogs out? Can individuality exist in an increasingly uniform society? Do these individual voices want to declare their difference or do they want to be heard and accepted? Combining foreign sound, military style speakers and the aesthetic of the campsite, Hughes investigates a […]
John Tiney has exhibited widely here and in U.S. His M.A. at Goldsmiths’ College took him away from painting into film but in the years since then his work has particularly focussed on how the reprographic realm of advertising can be re-interpreted via the meticulous trickery of paint.
Jonathan Trayner’s performances are driven by the specific context in which it is produced. They contain a continuing thread of serious research being played off against actions that appear ridiculous; this is a response to the unresolved issue within art, of it being simultaneously a philosophical investigation into the structure of culture(s) and a form […]
2014, digital video Three interlinking subjects; a man shaving his head in front of a stove, the same man with an ape mask dancing alone on a beach, and a gorilla in a zoo enclosure are woven together to suggest a story of human alienation from nature. Continuing the tradition of silent cinema the narrative is provided by inter-titles […]
Jordan McKenzie is a performance artist who also works with drawing, sculpture and installation. A Senior Lecturer in BA Drawing at The University for The Arts in London (Camberwell), he has exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally including TATE Britain, London; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; The Courtauld Institute, London; Museu Serralves, Portugal; and DOLL […]
Recently graduated from Goldsmiths, performance artist Kate Mahony’s fear of having nothing to say, fuels her ever increasing paranoia. Working in collaboration with Rachel Dowle, ‘Kate Mahony TM’ seeks to question and probe the role of the artist and the distinction between studio-based or (tent) work in conjunction with a time based practice. Rachel performs […]
A human machine for making tea automatically, an analogue boiling system designed to be delivered to your bedside (campsite) ensuring your tea is ready first thing in the morning. Where and when: Between 9.30-10.30 am in the top field as part of a roaming performance on Saturday and Sunday morning. Booking by mobile blackboard appointment […]
Kay Walsh is an artist from New Zealand, she lives and works in London. Mute Swan, a video installation was filmed around the Lea Navigation in East London in 2014.
The hugely respected collaborative duo KennardPhillipps will be exhibiting their most recent series of work “Studies of a Head” in the Drawing Room of Braziers house over the weekend and for the first time ever, will be presenting a one off interactive performance entitled ‘Cut The Fuck Up’ on Sunday afternoon in the Barn, 12.30 […]
Kirsty will be constructing a temporary extension to existing buildings, a ‘folly’ in addition.
Lady Lucy works between the realms of drawing, portraiture, pop culture, moving image and social practice with an exploration of identity and biography in her works. Lucy has exhibited and presented her work extensively including recently at the Southbank Centre, she is co founder of The Drawing Exchange and has been involved with Ladyfest and […]
Brighton’s Johannah Henderson and Duncan Harrison produce work in spheres of musical, performance and visual practice, translating single concepts into structures of events and systems where liminal stages between composition, improvisation and chance can be explored and presented as tangible, realised works. The exact form and content of each piece varies radically, however past works […]
Benedict Taylor (born 1982) is a British solo violist & composer specialising in new music and improvisation. Lawrence Upton is a poet, graphic artist and sound artist. Taylor is at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene: performing recording and composing.. Upton is remarkable for the range of his genres […]
McDonald’s work is about testing and exploring the reaction of mechanical processes upon objects and materials as a quasi-scientific set of on-going experiments pushing the creative ‘reactional’ ideas of sound and physics with objects that may have previously had use as ‘active matter’. His experiments are rooted in the principles and mechanisms of Kinetic art, […]
FAMILIENALBUM is the LET ME FEEL YOUR FINGER FIRST family album… Meet a cast of characters including animated Homo Zombies, defective cartoon kid Francis, incestuous Bavarian patriarch Uncle Hans-Peter, Ontologically Anxious Organism, the character disguised as a rock from an Asterix comic… and many others… LET ME FEEL YOUR FINGER FIRST (LMFYFF) is a London-based […]
Morning life drawing sessions will take place on Sat & Sun mornings in the beautiful sun-lit barn. Led by nude portrait artist Ben Dickson, these informal sessions are open to all ages and abilities. Materials provided. Anyone who was there last year will recall the calm serenity of 30 people drawing away. Call-out for participants […]
In the spring of 2011 artists Olivia Plender and Patrick Staff invited a small group of participants to live together for a week in John’s Lee Wood, Leicestershire, in a critical exploration of folk revivalism, communal living and collaborative film-making. Borrowing a format from left-wing outdoor education programmes and socialist summer camps started in the […]
Dressed entirely in red, Lili Spain’s 1 hour durational performance presents a contemporary twist on ritual, referencing ancient and mythical processes and actions.
Born in Beirut in 1979, Lina holds a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut, an MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, and an MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium. Alongside her art practice, Lina has worked as a designer, a graphic design and book […]
LTA (Live Timeline Actions) is a live art installation project that examines post human relationships – how human behaviour intersects with the increasingly mundane media technology that pervades our lives. Each LTA event requires the audience to don headsets through which they receive a set of instructions broadcast via wifi from a laptop. There are […]
Lorah Pierre is an artist whose practice attempts to explore the nature of ‘event’ through live working collaborations in physical and virtual spaces. Projects focus on experimentation across a number of disciplines, the recycling of materials, self-built hardware, hacking and bending, along with a DIY ethos allowing interactive installations and performances to develop out of […]
The legendary LUPA (Lock Up Performance Art) curated by Jordan McKenzie, Kate Mahony and Rachel Dowle forsakes its grimy, car-park home in the heart of Bethnal Green to relocate to the verdant pastures of Braziers Park. Lord knows how they will cope with all that space and fresh air but with the garage door finally […]
Margareta Kern’s practice engages with the social and political sphere through multi-layered and inter-disciplinary projects and artworks such as Strike 1984 and GUESTures. Kern is interested in the relationship of performance, narrative and participation to documentary and experimental image making, as well as in the relationship of art and activism.Using diverse methods and modes of […]
Mathew Sawyer is an artist and a musician whose installations, performances, collages, and sculptural assemblages pay homage to his musical influences. Much of Sawyer’s work carries autobiographical inflections. In an ongoing series titled Documentary Works, Sawyer chronicles his daily activities using photographs and text as well as creating performances involving his unwitting neighbors by borrowing […]
For one weekend only, a micro billboards will assume the form of a temporary outdoor gallery at Braziers Park becoming a vehicle for visual, thoughtful and theoretical communication and objects of consideration where they can be experienced and interpreted by the audience as the new pedestrians. The billboard is typically located in highly trafficked areas, […]
The workshop uses simple exercises to access the “mind at large” and then apply conviction to the discoveries made. A songwriter is always on the cusp of failure and participants are encouraged to dive in and accept all offers. In the workshop we value the power of collaborative practice and repetition to promote a deeper […]
‘Mr Hopkinson’s Computer’ is a project by artist and computer owner, David Hopkinson. The Computer sings emotional reinterpretations and unexpected takes of indie-rock classics from the final few decades of the last Century – a time before auto-tune emerged.
Initially set up by Robert Perry and Samuel Playford-Greenwell in June 2011 under the pseudonym of The Mysteroons. Backsideblackhole was a project space run in conjunction with The Motorcycle Showroom, an artist-run gallery and studio space situated in Stokes Croft, Bristol. Oo first project ran from September to December 2011, in which oo commissioned artists […]
A participatory and collaborative painting workshop with Andy Harper and Abigail Reynolds, to produce a large work that everyone can add to over the course of the weekend.
Paddy and Roxy will be presenting a male mating display exploring the constant interaction and of nature and culture and how they relate to different ideas of the feminine and masculine, Dionysian immersion and the Appollonian striving for a completeness of form.
Bolide’s Paniak will be on the whack attack. Bolide drummer James Parsons will challenge various individuals around the festival to compose impromptu ear salad. Expect reloading/ rewinding/ dope beats/ etc.
An absorbing and tactile installation-performance work from Manchester ritualistic improvisors/sound artists Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols aka part wild horses mane on both sides, searching for new ways of experiencing sound while camouflaging the processes. Tailoring each show to the location, the piece involves bespoke speaker placement, live instrumentation, acousmatic interventions and the subtle […]
Haphazardly hosted by the inimitable Mr Hopkinson (while his computer performs elsewhere in Supernormal) and with hospitality provided by the divine Blusherettes, the Pentagram tent will be providing vitamin-packed cinematic nutrition all weekend long, with programming from a host of Bristol’s favourite underground and overground cinema nights.
Phantom Chips performs with an array of home made electronic instruments, samplers and wearable noisemakers. Concocting rhythms from manipulated found and recorded sounds Phantom Chips invites the audience to don her costumes and join in with the audio. The costumes create sound through movement and allow audience members to experiment with a brand-new form of musical expression. […]
Utilizing a homemade laser mic that uses light to translate the reverberations in reflective surfaces into audible sound, mirrors and smoke machines will play the unheard effects and vibrations of the architecture of the space. Through these mirrors and lasers artist Samantha Taylor will play edit and respond to sounds taken from the festival’s environment. […]
Building an image of the landscape stroke by stroke creates a connection with the natural surroundings that is unusual and desired in a time of virtual reality and high-speed, mediated experience. A landscape is not static. It changes constantly with the light, clouds, and wind, and there is no true view of it. By sifting […]
PoetryFilm is a living research project initiated by Malgorzata Kitowski in 2002 exploring the semiotics and meaning-making approaches of the PoetryFilm genre. PoetryFilm celebrates experimental poetryfilms, films based on poems, poems turned into films, collaborations, art films, text-based films, sound-informed films and other avant-garde text/image/sound material. The PoetryFilm project has resulted in over 60 events […]
Poulomi Desai’s practice incorporates noise, electronic, performance, composition, sound and installation. Her on-going project ‘Experiments with Noise’ explores sound and colour frequencies as an allegorical interpretation of The Lombard Reflex. She is director of Usurp project space, which is the only contemporary artist-led gallery and studios in the London Borough of Harrow that develops opportunities […]
Rachael House invites you to Smash the Patriarchy Rachael House is an artist. She makes stuff and she makes stuff happen.
Rachael House’s Feminist Disco- Putting the ‘disco’ into ‘discourse’ With- Anne Robinson will be performing Spin Around Sister Dr. Deborah M. Withers will read from, and discuss the ideas in, her forthcoming book Unpopular music: feminist generations, time, memory and digital culture’. Using Rachael House’s ‘Island’s’ series as a starting point, she suggests feminist musical […]
Working with video, text, sound, installation and performance, Rebecca Lennon uses and reuses reoccurring symbols, motifs and images such as the hood, the screen, the hoover and the zero, in an attempt to create an ideology that eats itself. Weaving together disparate and obsessively linked narratives, ideas and actions from the cinematic to the mundane, […]
Initiated by artist, Roger Clarke, the Record Player Orchestra was originally conceived of as an installation of more than 100 record players with which participants could interact by going round these record players and placing their stylus on different tracks on a provided vinyl record. Whether individually or in groups, these participants would be able […]
In the first year of Supernormal, one of the defining moments was courtesy of the Promethean figure of Rex Nemo, who created a spectacle by the ‘Village Green’ DJ caravan still unrivalled for lunacy and pole-axing strangeness in the entire history of this event. Garage-fried loboto-rock, outrageous papier mache invention, choral cadences, Girls Aloud song […]
Roberta Vaz is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and photography. Her work explores fiction, narrative, culture and identity and often addresses time and the abject. Roberta’s background is in dance and experimental theatre and she is currently pursuing a degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Roberta is the founder of […]
Debbie Sharp is an artist and actionist working site-specifically, investigating space and environment via sound, photography, installation and text. She has recently worked with Red Eye, Look11 Festival and Blank Media Gallery. Rosanne Robertson often works with action, sound and found objects. She was selected as an emerging live artist and ‘provocateur’ of Manchester by […]
The Roving Camera Obscura subverts covert monitoring technology used more and more on the internet and in society by de-volving the digital/hi-tech approach using ‘play’ to reveal how networks and interaction are more beneficial than one-way streams. This portable system projects an analogue image of the outside landscape within its walls and houses an enclosed […]
Ryan Hughes will be presenting his project ‘node in a network of artist-led activity’ having recently completed a period in residency at the Birmingham (UK) based studios and project space The Lombard Method. Hughes performance and inclusion of audience will exert to exhibit an understanding of the relationship between himself and The Lombard Method as […]
S Mark Gubb works across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance. The subjects for his work are drawn from the social and political culture he grew up in; an equal fascination with things he finds so great and so terrible about the world we live in. This often takes the […]
Golding combines film projection with performance and installation. She has developed works where she projects films directly onto her body and harnesses the audience’s reflections, creating live cine-sculptures and interactions. Golding creates compositions from printed optical sound and vinyl library music resulting in strained sonorousness. Golding’s projects thread between expanded cinema and media art, curation […]
Samuel Hasler is a visual artist and writer. His approach to making artwork is varied, employing drawing and writing within a structure that explores decision making and insightful responses to spaces. Hasler has been working on a series of investigative works in performance, text and images that at their core explore his fascination into notions […]
Brighton-based sound sculptor Sarah Angliss operates at the strange periphery between robotics and folklore, between defunct machinery and faded variety acts. Her work operates on a wavelength beyond the humdrum of much contemporary experimental performance, utilising resuscitated artefacts and bizarre automata where others use loop pedals and samplers. Given Sarah’ blurring of the boundaries between […]
“In the small village of my ancestors, on the Oxfordshire Downs, a legend past down to me by my mother’s family could hold a clue to the town’s pre-historic past …” For Supernormal 2014, artist Sarah Sparkes will be exhibiting some of her series of NEVER AFRAID works – primarily the paintings. These paintings represent […]
A secret AUDIO VISUAL event by William Squire & Lucy Woodhouse who have been collaborating on site-specific projects since 2010 across a variety of media including online technologies, live broadcast, photography and sculpture. This year they bring Secret A.V to Supernormal for the second time as a live AV performance somewhere in the depths of […]
A secret AUDIO VISUAL event by William Squire & Lucy Woodhouse. Lucy Woodhouse works across a variety of media including online technologies, live broadcast, photography and sculpture. She often involves people from the local area and communities where she works to create abstract portraits of people actions and places. William Squire uses soundscapes and digitised super 8 […]
SSW is an interactive listening exercise introducing the audience to the secret world of sounds through homemade contact microphones. The mics will be taken out onto the festival site to discover objects that reveal unheard and unknown secret sounds. Upon returning you will use bows, beaters and plectrums to create a piece of music using […]
Specialising in live electronics and machine-listening, Ayyaz builds custom software/hardware ecologies for specific performances. Drawing on his background in neurosciences, his work is concerned with (dis)embodied perceptions and how these resonate across psychological and social spaces. His focus is on listening – and investigating what a sonic body can do. At present his main interest […]
The Shed Project will take on it’s second incarnation at Supernormal as a collaboration between sound artist Melanie Clifford of Bermuda Triangle Test Engineers and visual artist samfrancisco. By day the neon pink shed will be an experiment in sound, light and collective participation that will transform into a flashing micro venue once the sun […]
Siena Barnes is a multidisciplinary artist, rooted in words, her practice arcs samples, songs and stills. Musing an enduring desire to escape, recent work on mirror reflects an atomised, self-obsessed state of mind. One of the original founders of Supernormal, Barnes has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions and will show new billboard work […]
SRU present ‘Our School Project’ which critically analyse’s current educational practice and to instigate new and experimental methods of critical and collective education. Their recent projects have focussed on higher education but for this festival we are going back to schoolyard shenanigans and facilitating the possibility of participants to both collectively imagine and manifest alternative […]
Snoozie Hexagon is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, director of Elevator Gallery and Co-founder of Hackney Wicked Art Festival. Her work is concerned with the internal and external manipulation of the environment and the magickal lore of nature (Gaia) in relation to folklore and mathematics. For Supernormal she will be experimenting with the sounds of […]
SIP is an improvised audiovisual performance and collaboration between the group Things Make Electric and visual artist Chameleonic. In his writing about the power of festival, Attali says ‘Music affirms that society is possible’ and in this way, SIP is a celebration of the power of improvisation as a force to take both musicians and […]
All is vibration… Cymatics is the sttudy of visualization of sound and vibration. For Supernormal, S&M will be exploring ‘Cymagick’ using a sound and photography installation. Mark Wagner will be using amplified sound (voice, feedback, sine tones and beats) to vibrate mediums such as salt, water or starch revealing the ‘sacred’ geometries inherent in Sound. […]
Performance artist Spike McClarrity will bring back the infamous White Rabbit of Supernormal 2011 to present The White Rabbits Carrot Den. He is inviting festival goers to come and hang out, take part in preparing carrot stew and enjoy eating the delicious results for free. Through the demonstration, carrots and good will will be chopped, […]
Stasis73 are a collective of film makers, painters, poets and musicians living & working on the south coast, that formed in 2009 and explore through installation, film & live performance the place where visual & sonic assume equal weight. Their sound & visual performances evoke an atmosphere simultaneously oppressive, uplifting, nostalgic and intriguing. Interwoven footage, […]
Stephanie Moran has just finished her MA at Goldsmiths, London and is co-Founder of the Marmite Prize for Painting, an Independent Painting Prize set up in 2006 and itself ‘a questioning of art prizes… the focus is on the unplaceable value of the artwork, beyond ideas of ownership; as integral and necessary for life and […]
Structures and Spaces is a collaborative project by artists, Alex Edwards and Adam Watts, and the architecture graduate, Michael Denyer. Structures and Spaces are particularly interested in how viewers experience and participate with the work; in how they navigate the spaces; and how certain emotions are evoked. Each formation will be built with the sunlight, […]
With childhood dreams of saving the world through absurdity and mayhem, Lucy will be hosting a range of happenings over the weekend with her razor-quick wit and goofiness. Recently graduated from L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, Lucy was once on Deal or No Deal for a record breaking time of 4 months and also spent […]
At the start of the festival participants are given a blank zine with a brief to ‘go fill it’ and return for a follow up session at the end of the weekend. By this time you will have created your own ‘limited edition of 1’ Supernormal Zine documenting your weekend experience. The live process will […]
Produce your very own etching by taking a swing on Will Cruickshanks ingenious mechanical harmonograph
Talkaoke presented by The People Speak. Come and join the UFO of chat with Talkaoke – a spontaneous, pop-up talk-show set around the unique ‘Talkaoke Table’. You set the agenda for discussion so here’s your chance to set the debate!
Tara Pattenden is an Australian multimedia artist working in the field of analog electronics, noise performance and soft circuitry and her work reaches beyond music performance to include video, installation and costume design. Supernormal have commissioned Tara to create ‘arbour Loops – a life sized audio tape based installation instrument that can be controlled by up to […]
This year the Cinema Tent will include work by artist/film-makers from Gaza, Tarzan and Arab. Twin brothers, their astonishing full-colour posters for films they are unable to make will also be shown in the House.
Interested in exploring the theatrical possibilities of staged photography, the APMS will engage subjects and bystanders into a series of absurd transactions that explore the cultural process of capturing images with light and producing Instant-ish Photographies. Armed with a 5×4 camera, a beautiful assistant, and a variety of other photographic paraphernalia, packed into an old […]
Nottingham-born DIY foursome, Flat Soufflée, are going one better than playing at Supernormal. They’re setting themselves up as a full-on music cult. Their aim is to gain legendary status for the band, in the way that a single festival appearance sometimes can. Base camp will be an igloo-shaped tent (last used at the Reading Festival, […]
The “exquisite corpse” is a collaborative drawing game devised by the surrealists in the early 20th Century. You may not know the name, but you have probably played it yourself: on a sheet of paper a player draws part a body, folds it to conceal the bulk of the image, and then passes it to […]
“Responding to a global crisis by forming a girl band!” The Gluts – Gina Birch, Kaffe Matthews and Hayley Newman – are an environmentally crusading girl band. They formed in 2009 to write ‘Café Carbon’, a series of eco-absurdo-feminist songs about food, capitalism and climate change. Their menu of songs include short and pithy starters, […]
The Hackney Secular Singers (aka the Punk Choir) have been meeting every Monday East London for four years of co-operative musical bliss, perverting the course of harmony by making alternative arrangements for new wave classics like ‘Germ Free Adolescents’ and ‘Blister in the Sun’. As well as performing they will be inviting you to join […]
The bedroom opera is a collectively evolved musical performance exploring: current dispossession, murder, trauma and sexual jealousy. Over two years the work has metamorphosed from a Communist Gallery idea in Brixton market into ‘The Haemogoblin Society’, forming a rich combination of intermedia; created from musical, theatrical and artistic practices, presented as a completely new form […]
The Rural College of Art presents…. The Museum of Received Ideas. A project between artists Georgina Huntley and David Gates, The Rural College of Art proposes to map and catalogue some of the discarded and lost items from the festival site through their own investigations and objects received from festival goers. The Museum of Received […]
Photographer Fabio Affuso runs an experimental space where the subject stops being analysed and scrutinised like a medical specimen. Given the authority in his own hands, the participant is invited to sit for a self-portrait and become the empowered creator of his own image. The photo tent can be interpreted as a place for reflection, […]
The Pink Milkfloat (which is as the name suggests an old milkfloat… that is pink), which houses a self-contained printing press, complete with a vast range of wooden type and blocks which are made up into posters and printed by hand. Activities include printing a pre-made up themed poster, or people can make up their […]
Supernormal mascot The White Rabbit returns to feed the masses with his carrot stew. Feeling hungry but spent all your money by Friday evening on booze and merchandise? Come along to the stew den for a bit of free grub, a chat and a hug with the friendliest bunny at Braziers! The Stew Den is […]
Psychedelia revisited through the eyes of a nonchalant cat. For Supernormal this year, TZM will be matching their blissed-out coloratura with visuals that’ll properly spin you out. In a good way, of course.
With “Tiers…”, Beth Radish incorporates the idea of a traditional tent that is worn by the live performer who invites the audience to take a peek at the various Carnivalesque attractions that lie within. “Tiers of a Clown” provides audience members with an experience toying with concepts such as role, empowerment and how activity can […]
Tim Ridley is into spectacle and humour outside of a gallery environment and breaking down the barriers between viewer and performer performing. Interested in the animal/human divide, and high brow/low brow and for Supernormal this has manifested as an LED hula-hooping dog!
Tom Woolner is an artist based in London. While his practice is sculptural at it’s core, recent work has taken the form of performance based events in various contexts and locations. By using these different outlets, he aims to continually develop and test his playful, cartoon-dumb language.
Tribal Tree grows fruits of the brain. Graffiti blog tree… Post what you want. In its branches everyone can display slogans, pics, feedback… organic space to exchange objects and thoughts…. Leave it hangin. Street art of the open woods. “Fruits”, “leaves”, banners, paint…are provided (or bring your papers & treasures). Workshops will explore themes & […]
Tribe of Hermits. Matt Smart. ‘At one time, noblemen would have hermits living on their land, for instance in a folly. The hermit would be provided with food and water, and given a skull, a book, and an hour-glass.’ The hermits are rising. It took ’em a couple hundred years to join in.
James’ work fuses improvisatory techniques in the mechanics of clockwork movie cameras with the limitless possibilities inherent in the darkroom and through expanded projection. For Supernormal 2014 James presents an iteration of a recent piece Hair in the Gate, which takes as it’s departure point the removal of a hair from a projector gate during […]
Sally Golding combines film projection with performance and installation. She has developed works where she projects films directly onto her body and harnesses the audience’s reflections, creating live cine-sculptures and interactions. Producing works that thread between expanded cinema and media art, curation and audiovisual archiving, Sally creates compositions from printed optical sound and vinyl library […]
Vanessa Jackson, on first reading, appears to take the most formal approach to painting, but her use of geometry and its three dimensional function deny the supposed flatness of modernist space. Jackson’s work explores the contradiction of a fully realised space at once pertaining to logic and completeness and uncertainty and unease. The ornamental and […]
2013 ‘Phlaag Pole’ was kindly donated to Supernormal by Various Artist in 2012 and became the central meeting point at the festival. This year they will curate the flag that will adorn it. 2012 The black Phonetic Phlaag flag is representative of anarchy whilst the white In-ger-lund* lettering references herd mentality and the tribal chanting […]
Vicky Smith has been practices experimental animation and is is currently researching the role of the body in films made without cameras at UCA. Her work as been screened at international festivals, museums and galleries including: Tate Britain; Cinestar Cornwall; 100 feet touring group show (2014) No.w.here, London; Lo and Behold, London; (2013) Edinburgh Film […]
Wholly inclusive voice noise games where participants are encouraged to make sounds with their mouths. Making vocal sound is a primal form of expression, yet due to changes in how we consume music and the rapid decline in community singing, many people (musicians and non-musicians alike) do not feel comfortable doing this. This workshop explores […]
Will Cruickshank originally attended the Braziers International Artists Workshop in 2006, and Supernormal has commissioned new works annually since it’s inception in 2010. His glorious Red Canopies provide a visual aesthetic for the festival not to mention his Swing Harmonograph, Horse-box Cafe (serving the much talked about Espresso Martinis) and Mobile Art Showers. We can’t […]
It wouldn’t be Supernormal without a new installation from Will Cruickshank. As well as bringing his Red Canopies, Swing Harmonograph and Horse-box cafe (dispensing the once sampled, never to be forgotten Espresso Martinis) to Supernormal 2013, this year, he’ll be building a new mobile shower unit – we can’t wait to see what he’s come […]
Will Cruickshank will be bringing back his remarkable structures to shelter us from any adverse weather, as well as a new machine – ‘Swing Harmonograph’ from which the audience (2 by 2) will generate beautiful and unique pairs of drawings just by having a ride on a swing.
Shamanic noise cult founded by Henry Collins (ex-Shitmat) and Robin Foster. Voodoo incantations, possessed synthesisers and unpredictable druidic behaviour. Recent performances have included the ritualistic sacrifice of Jeremy Clarkson’s biography, pickled eggs, talcum powder & blood. For Supernormal, the duo will perform various preposterous scores throughout the weekend.
Yoke and Zoom are an artist-led family whose interests combine universal concerns with domestic private moments, instigating collaborations and making interventions in public space and working with galleries in both an urban and rural context. They are also co-founders and directors of MOVEMENT gallery, on Platform 2, Worcester Foregate Street Railway Station. Y&Z will bring […]
Curated by Bum Tapes and Zam Zam Records In the Tent visitors of the festival will find an exposition of tapes, fanzines, screen printings, magic objects and a radio corner. In the Radio Corner will be a psychedelic carpet, a computer, an amp and a DJ mixer with tape player, one turntable + microphones. On […]
Multidisciplinary artist Charlotte CHW hosts a workshop on collage beyond the boundaries of papier collé. Working to a Supernormal soundtrack using found objects, paint, sand, drawing etc participants will build toward working on a collaborative billboard piece to be displayed onsite for the reminder of the weekend. Bring along something found onsite or anything from home you’d like to incorporate. […]