On Record / Artists

Anat Ben-David

Performance at Stanley Picker. Photo: Ezzidin Alwan

Anat is a London based, video, performance, sound artist and musician. She is a Goldsmiths College MA Fine Art graduate and won the 2003 Purchase Prize award. Since then she has been a Chicks On Speed member and collaborator, including the art pop performance group with Douglas Gordon, Art Rules Crew, from 2006-2008. She is currently completing her final year PHD at Kingston University.

The work of Anat Ben-David follows the tradition of musical performance as art practice. 'My work is not media specific; it evolves within performance using sound, voice, text, digital video and visual collage- this process results as a multiple visual and sonic expressions presented as gallery video and photographic installation, as well as a live performance comprising of songs and sound pieces, assembled into a music Album. Whether the work process ends in a song/sound piece, a video, a performance/gig collage, it is the result of a direct interaction between the body/voice and a musical score.

Performances and exhibitions as solo artist and collaborator include: Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, UK; Beursschouwburg, Brussels; Momak, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Montermeso, Vitoria, Spain; Pompidou Centre Paris; Tate Britain, UK; Mosak Contemporary
Museum, Spain; MOMA, New York, USA; Migros Museum, Zurich. Solo releases include Popaganda (CD) 2003, “Virtual Leisure”(on Chicks On Speed records) (CD) 2008, “On Margate Sands” (LP) 2010 and MeleCh (LP)2014


Robert Bidder

Robert was born a Gemini in Maidstone in 1982. Since then he has been trying to work things out and stick things together in the ways that seem easiest at the time. He works mostly in drawings, films and music and has played in various bands such as Dog Chocolate, Gasp! Cracking Eggs and Yeborobo. He’s making a performance for this exhibition which at the moment is taking dust, crosswords, dogs and porridge as source materials.


Matt Cook

Matt Cook works with found objects, which he reassembles into sound instruments that attempt to recreate rhythms and soundscapes we experience in everyday life. He has a particular interest in the city, its ambience and topography, which he approaches through walking, looking, listening, thinking and feeling. Matt aims to reveal hidden rhythms and structures in everyday life, sights and sounds that we regularly experience, but don’t usually notice.

For On Record Matt will make an improvised performance using handmade sound objects and everyday items to layer and manipulate acoustic sounds.


Richard Huw Morgan

Richard Huw Morgan has been working professionally in the arts in Wales for 25 years.
Making his debut with the renowned performance company Brith Gof in 1990 he became a
core member touring domestically and internationally until 1997.

During this time he struck up a professional partnership with John Rowley and since 1996
they have created over 40 works in a variety of media as “good cop bad cop” with
significant support from Chapter, ACW and Wales Arts International, including work in
three British Council showcases. Commissions include work for Chapter, Cardiff
Contemporary, Dylan Thomas 100 and Eisteddfod Genedlaethol.

He has also developed a solo practice which has included live performance, sonic arts,
video and installation. This interdisciplinary practice was integrated in a week long
performance at the Eisteddfod in 2014. In 2006 he received an ACW Creative Wales award for Pharmakon, his sonic mapping of Wales.

Morgan and Rowely co-produce and present Pitch, the weekly arts and culture programme
on Radio Cardiff, which has provided significant exposure for Welsh and visiting artist, with
over a quarter of a million hits on the archive. He has also been a Research fellow and lecturer at Universities in Cardiff and Swansea, most recently tutor in Performance and Technology at University of South Wales.

For “On Record” Richard will be working with some of the sonic relics and audio artifacts that carry traces of my life and work to date...from 1980’s philosophy lecture recordings on cassette, distorted DAT from the top of the Empire States building, VHS soundtracks from performances he was in, audio files of performance soundtracks he’s made, through to his own vinyl records.

Some of these will be available for listening to for the duration of “On Record”, others involved in a real-time mixing and mashing and blending with the live and recorded sound of the space itself.

He’ll be reviving the name “Continuous sound labordy swn cont...” (first used back in 2000 for a collective) for this work...mainly because he rather liked the graphics....


Stabbing Les

Stabbing Les are a multi-disciplinary art collective and the North East of England’s foremost fictional band. Stabbing Les is made up of artists, curators and mercenary musicians. Their work straddles the boundaries of performance art, bad covers band and unfulfilled aspiration. Where audiences go to see virtuosity in performance, Stabbing Les deliver gloriously shambolic failure.

Les Cassettes is Stabbing Les’s touring compilation of cassette-based artworks submitted by artists from across the country. From the playful to the unplayable, by way of the unlistenable, the archive consists of sound art, designed objects and other curio; all presented in the form of audio cassettes. The collection is shown via the medium of a pop-up shop with a limited number of each edition available for sale at an affordable price.


Ian Watson

Ian Watson produces sound from broken down, found and re-kindled electronics and tape cassette alongside off the shelf effects units. Aside from solo output, Ian has performed regularly within the sonics art collective The Sound of Aircraft Attacking Britain and the improv/noise 3-piece Team Sports.

He also produces limited runs of his own output on cassette and has had releases 
on several imprints of the UK 'no audience underground' as well as regular airplay on Cam O'r Tywyllwch. In the past Ian has output a series of recycled cassette tapes for other experimental audio artists under the Phantomhead Recordings moniker. 

Ian's most recent recorded work 'Caermaen' for the Dust, Unsettled label comprises of four recordings of manipulated feedback and vibration directly affecting cymbals, these soundscapes serve to emulate the otherness present in the weird fiction writings of Arthur Machen, to whose fictional Welsh village the album owes its title.

Brain Blood Volume 6 - The Bootleg Edition is the latest volume in Ian Watson's zine series 'Brain Blood Volume' and will centre on the production of a short run of one-sided 7" resin-cast 'records'.

Examining the fetishism associated with analog audio formats, in particular vinyl. Ian will create a short series of 'bootlegs' from a one-off 7" record pressed from a recording of his own music.
The piece chosen for duplication will take into account the expected glitches, crackles and surface noise from air-bubbles which are a problematic by-product of resin casting, the premise being that the piece is only 'complete' when these process-based elements are present upon the surface of the resin discs.

The project will become complete with a performance involving the original 7", one of the cast copies and the recording of the pops and crackles created through the resin bootleg production run, alongside Ian's usual mixture of electronic objects and effects.


Jacob Whittaker

Jacob Whittaker lives and works in Cardigan, Ceredigion. A member of the Rhôd Artist's Group and co-founder of GWRANDO and Capel Y Graig art space, his work includes sound and video installation, as well as documentary film for artists, local groups and community organisations.

As part of 'On Record' there will be a display of over 100 flexi discs from Jake’s record collection and an opportunity to hear them played in the exhibition space throughout the last day of the show.

Since 2003 he has been acquiring a collection of over 4000 12inch, around 2000 7inch and 1000 10inch records.  Collected from charity shops, boot sales, found, donated by friends, relatives and colleagues the collection covers all genres and eras.

'It ain't no joke when you lose your vinyl.'
Afrika Bambaataa



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