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Repetition is an important aspect of my practice, both in drawings and in drumming.

This is the full performance I made on the opening night of The Melody of Dust exhibition. The performance followed a pre-determined ‘recipe’ score that provided a loose structure for what to play during each section. The score allows for improvisation within parameters, ensuring that each performance will be different.

It was kindly filmed by Colm Clarke, who curated the show with Tonya McMullan.

 

I created this wall drawing by working directly onto the wall of Pollen studios in Belfast. The wall surface was rough and full of character, showing evidence of many past exhibitions in the space.

My performance set-up, utilising both electronic and analogue kit components, a loop station and a Marshall Amplifier remained in the space after my performance on the opening night, as sculptural presences.

Wall Drawing, Pollen Studios.

 

 

 

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I recently participated in The Melody of Dust exhibition, creating a site specific wall drawing and performing a new 20 minute sound art piece on the opening night.

The exhibition was in Pollen Studios Belfast and billed as an “Exhibition of two emerging Belfast talents whose work explores organic forms, traces and movement” and was curated by Colm Clarke & Tonya McMullan (CCTM)

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Colm Clarke and Tonya McMullan (CCTM) work collaboratively as artists, curators and urban farmers. Their projects are site specific and responsive, including one day curatorial projects, artist run initiatives and interventions in the city.

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Jasmin Marker is a Belfast-based, German born interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with members of the microbial kingdoms. Engaging with a variety of biocultures she seeks analogies to societal cultures, exploring relevant scientific and anthropological concepts and their philosophical paradigms. While her research originates from a dedication to environmentalism and sustainability it extends deeper into questioning the evolution of human psychology. Jasmin graduated from University of Ulster with a Bachelor in Fine Art in 2016, where she has completed a graduate residency in 2017. Since she has exhibited in various galleries in Northern Ireland including PS2 Gallery (March 2017), Catalyst Arts (October 2017) and currently shows as part of the group show Kills 99,9% of Bacteria at CCA Derry:Londonderry.

John Macormac (b.1981) is an artist living and working in Northern Ireland and a current co-director at Catalyst Arts. He has recently graduated from the University of Ulster with an MFA in Fine Art. John helped establish Cathedral Studios, a Belfast based artist run studio organisation in 2003. His art practice is multi-disciplinary, embracing performance, installation and drawing.

 John Macormac is a recipient of a Support for the Individual Artist Programme award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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I recently performed at RESIST in the Menagerie in Belfast- a night that combines sonic art performances and intense, genre spanning DJ sets. I looped electronic drum and synth sounds then overlayed live acoustic drums.

This is the set-up that I used

Here’s a couple of clips of pre show loop experimentation:

 

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As an offsite component of the Ulster University MFA Show 2016, I performed a series of 45 minute electronic drum and loop station performances alongside a sculptural installation. These took place in the downstairs hall of Redeemer Central Church, an atmospheric and austere space close to the Art School.

I made black sheet screens for the windows to subdue the light. The space was divided by a large black curtain. Drum sounds were played, looped and layered and relayed through a Marshall amplifier.

The black sculpture was a significant presence in the room, intensified by successive layers of drumming.

Marshall Amplifier and Curtain, Redeemer Central Church, 2016.

 

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Double E sculpture with analogue metronome

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I presented this painted black gloss shape on black matte wall at a recent studio critique. It was accompanied by this sound piece, played through a powerful stereo:

It was sufficiently loud that it caused objects within the room to vibrate.

The group discussion read the combination of sound and visuals as being oppressive and ominous, combining to create an atmosphere suggestive of religious cult rituals or sinister political gatherings.

It was felt that the work presented in this crit represents a departure from previous work. The black gloss symbol has nothing of the organic, gentle feel of the pencil drawings. It is extremely assertive and dogmatic; very oppositional and uncompromising in every way, to the point of feeling threatening. It suggests none of the time based creative process of the pencil drawing.

I am gradually assessing where I go from here. The shape is just an arrangement of painted lines, although I can understand why it was interpreted in these ways. I do feel that playing with sound and visuals with a certain charge and potency has potential, though I want to find ways to puncture the pomposity these signifiers carry, to promote recognition of their ultimate absurdity.

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This is another summer drawing, created with a pre determined set of rules. White chalk on black wall continues the mathematical, scientific blackboard aesthetic of recent work. The form is composed of sharp angled triangles repeated to form a curved whole. Evidence of mistakes and revisions contribute to a sense of the organic, the working out of ideas.

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Here are some photographs of the three drawings I created for the end of year exhibition at the Belfast School of Art. I realised I need to include more ones of the room to achieve a sense of scale.

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