Ecstatic Material: Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison OUTLANDS UK tour 7th-15th February 2019

Ecstatic Materials Final



We are pleased to announce ‘Ecstatic Material’ a UK tour combining sound and substances from two original figures in their respective fields; musician and producer Beatrice Dillonand artist Keith Harrison. Commissioned by OUTLANDS, this brand new collaborative performance will expand and contract over back to back performances at venues across England – dates and details below.

Drawing upon 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 playable wax 7”.




Thu 7/02  Plymouth, KARST

Fri 8/02  Bristol, Arnolfini, promoted by Qu Junktions

Sat 9 /02    Birmingham, Centrala, promoted by Supersonic Festival

Sun 10/02  Bradford, Fuse Art Space

Mon 11/02  Manchester, Caustic Coastal (Salford) promoted by Fat Out

Tues 12/02 Cambridge, Cambridge Junction

Wed 13/02  Milton Keynes, MK Gallery

Thu 14/02  London, South London Gallery promoted by 33/33

Fri 15/02  Bexhill, De la Warr Pavilion

Curated and produced by Jennifer Lucy Allan and Al Cameron for OUTLANDS


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 groups raw energetic sound reverberating inside the structure and unexpected assistance from the crowd. Comparatively Keith shall be building a structure from which sound and substance shall transform in front of the audience in truly unpredictable fashion.

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.


Copper Sounds will offer an introduction into sound lathes, cutting frequencies into wax and creating your own dubplate. Using turntables and automatic drawing to awaken your inner surrealist. Participants will be given a demonstration of how to use a turntable as a drawing tool. Working collaboratively they will then create a personalised record sleeve of their own using various mediums. The second element to this workshop is based on similar principles. Participants will be creating their own wax dub plates using turntables, speakers and frequencies to carve into wax discs. So at the end of the workshop you walk away with your own wax record in a sleeve.




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