Sonica Series XXI
Lawrence English
24 October 2017 at 21:00
Kino Šiška

Over the past ten years, Australian Lawrence English, musician, writer, publisher and curator, has become one of the leading international names in field recordings and electroacoustic and ambient music. He’s distinguished by an exceptional sensibility for creating expressive soundscapes that break down our perception of sound and space, taking us to the very heart of the sound he conceives through his listening policy. He has worked and performed all over the world, from Antarctica to Japan. His recordings reflect his personal approach, characterised by a sophisticated technique and the subtle monitoring of the transformations of sound.
He owns the Room40 label, which has released some of the best ambient albums of all time, for example Keith Fullerton Whitman and Tim Hecker. He has collaborated with leading names in the field of electroacoustic music and sonic art, artists such as DJ Olive, David Toop, Stephan Vitiello, Akio Suzuki, Liz Harris (Grouper) and Francisco Lopez.
He describes his 2017 album Cruel Optimism as a protest against the refugee crisis, Donald Trump, the use of sonic weapons and everything that the future holds in store for us. The album features important contributions from Thor Harris (ex-Swans) and two thirds of The Necks, among others.

Organisation: MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art in coproduction with Kino Šiška.

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MoTA –

Museum of Transitory Art

MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to advancing the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental, and live art forms.

MoTA is a museum without a permanent collection or a fixed space. Instead, its programs are realised in different locations and contexts in temporary physical and virtual spaces.

MoTA organizes and supports transitory art in the form of continuous events, exhibitions and educational programs both locally and internationally. As its name indicates, MoTA examines what a museum can be today and in the future.

MoTA is in constant search for the new, the uncertain, and the undefined.

MoTA works on several continuous programmes & projects. We run MoTA Point – a Space for Art & Ideas, we curate and produce the annual SONICA Festival, in addition to regular music programmes such as SONICA Series and SONICA Classics.

Within the years of running our residency programme, we’ve established T.R.I.B.E. – a network of residency spaces in the Balkans & Eastern Europe.

We’ve also initiated the research and archive platforms and Mediateque MoTA & Tomaž Brate. Our educational programmes serve a broader audience with ongoing workshops, talks, symposia, and internships.