The music and performance series exploring glitches and haunted technology returns this autumn
The EVP Sessions, curated by Penned In the Margins and the Liverpool arts organisation Mercy, return this autumn with a series of experimental music, sound art, spoken word and performance events in London and Liverpool. The series is named after the infamous electronic voice phenomena experiments of Konstantin Raudive, who searched for voices from beyond in recorded electronic noise. Following Raudive's work, the EVP Sessions commission artists who investigate the otherworldly messages hidden in our surrounding technological infrastructure. Participants include the producer Aisha Devi, musician Perera Elsewhere, novelist Tom McCarthy, performance artists Sue Tompkins and Appau Junior Boakye Yiadom, and Jennet Thomas, the film maker and author of The Unspeakable Freedom Device.
Producer Kepla and writer and critic DeForrest Brown Jr have collaborated with artist Chris Boyd, who designed the visuals, on the film Absent Personae, a short version of which is shown here. Absent Personae imagines a ghostly, formerly enslaved black avatar exploring a post-industrial landscape. The images in the film are inspired by traces from voice and facial recognition technologies. The festival's curators describe the film as "the unconscious of The EVP Sessions, resonating with the sinister politics of pseudo-science histories, while speculating on the future for an electro-vocal persona distributed among the network." Short sections of Absent Personae will be played between performances at EVP events.
The EVP Sessions start in September with events on 22 September at the Bluecoat, Liverpool and on 23 September at Shoreditch Town Hall, London. For more information and the full programme of events, visit the Electronic Voice Phenomena website.