3 - 25 October, 2014
Preview: 2 Oct 2014

Progress Music
James Bulley

South Kiosk presents a new solo exhibition by James Bulley. Entitled 'Progress Music' the exhibition will open on October 3rd as part of the Art Licks Weekend.

About Progress Music

In the Golden Age, progress music was heard in the background by nearly everybody. The first phone, the first car, the first house, the first summer holiday, the first TV – all to progress music. Then the arrival of sexual intercourse, in 1966, and the full ascendancy of the children of the Golden Age – Martin Amis.

Amis refers to the term ‘progress music’ as a form of commercial, amateur and state valourisation that followed the ‘children of the Golden Age’. A march into the future, accompanied by a brassy soundtrack filled with triumphalism, befitting to the growth of post-war England in its societal and technological revolutions.

For Progress Music, South Kiosk has commissioned a new sound and film work by artist James Bulley. The piece draws on archive film material that was once broadcast across the screens of the nation, in an attempt to demonstrate the changes that were occurring in architecture, industry and culture, shown through a generative, film and sound installation. The rhythm of the film is defined according to the behaviour of an ever-changing sound score, which composes the film in real-time from a repository of thousands of archival fragments. The 9-channel installation is presented in such a way that the viewer becomes positioned within the material, as opposed to merely a spectator of footage from a bygone era.

The sound score will echo the bombastic brass and drum that has become synonymous with this era, but as an archivist at the Daphne Oram Archive, Bulley will also seek to reflect the new ground covered in post-war England by electronic experimentalists such as those working as part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Alongside his installation, Bulley has created a visual score, available as a limited edition print, that offers an interpretation of the structure of the piece.

 

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