Late Works Preparations poster for 20th September 2021 at Café Oto.

Late Works: Preparations

Concept

23 artists are asked to create a ‘preparation’ each for a grand piano. A group of pianists are then tasked with constructing individual live performances with the adaptable unit of preparations.

Lexicon

/ˌprɛpəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
• (music) an object that alters the sound of a piano when placed on or between the strings
• something prepared, manufactured, or compounded
• the act of preparing

23 artists have been chosen due to the average amount of strings in a grand piano being 230, making it possible for all 23 preparations to exist in the piano at once.

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Specifics

• Each preparation must sit comfortably on an open palm and not damage the piano in any way.

• Each pianist has three hours with the piano to work out how they will prepare it for the performance.

• The performances should last roughly 15 minutes.

• The show should/could happen in a café/restaurant environment where a meal is prepared in response to the sculptures.

• Limitations on what materials /sizes can be used is to be decided by the owner of the piano.

• Use of as many of the 23 preparations as possible in the piano at once should be encouraged.

More information about the pianists:

Aga Ujma

aga ujma is a Polish-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer living between London, Indonesia and Poland. she mixes her classical music upbringing and folk influences from Poland with traditional music studies at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakarta, Central Java and SOAS University of London. her intimate solo performances focus on exploring and connecting Indonesian, Polish and English folk music with the accompaniment of unique Indonesian instruments. her favourite instruments are East Indonesian bamboo zither sasando, Central Javanese zither siter and metallophone gendér barung. she is an enthusiast of counterpoint techniques and harmonic experiments but she also likes to use interlocking patterns, non-Western tuning systems and vocal techniques to generate the unique sound of her songs. her first love though was piano; she signed herself up to the music school in Poland at the age of 8 and studied classical music for 12 years, after which she completed a degree in musicology and moved to Indonesia to study traditional gamelan music. she was recently signed to Slow Dance and announced her debut EP 'songs of innocence and experience' via CLASH Magazine in 2021, which is "shaping up to be a wholly unique experience, placing her at the cutting edge of folk music in Britain" (The Line of Best Fit). she was recently commissioned to sing the theme song for the new Resident Evil Village game as well as to create a new composition and a special performance for the latest Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, which was showcased on Boiler Room.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise, Preparations

Aga Ujma

Finlay Clark

Finlay Clark (b. 1995, London) is an interdisciplinary artist and multi-instrumentalist. They have studied at GSA, SAIC, PARTS, Darmstadt, MSCP, CAMPfr, and with Wandelweiser collective. Clark is currently working on a collaboration between Moog and Ligeti quartet, a collaboration between pianist Luciano Rossi and AI specialist Atay Ilgun, as well as releasing an EP with artist Vera Karlsson on Primordial Void and publishing a collaborative text between Jennifer Lucy Allen and Still House Plants in Yes & No magazine. Clark also writes and performs with Still House Plants, who are selected artists for Shape Platform 2021. Fast Edit LP (Blank Forms, 2020) was The Guardian writers’ choice album and track of the year and #7 album of the year in Wire magazine. The group have performed at Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), Hyperlocal Festival (with NTS/British Council, Buenos Aires), various DIY spaces in Santiago de Chile (supported by Creative Scotland), as well as undertaken a six-month residency at Cafe OTO as recipients of the OTO Projects UK Artists Residency Fund (supported by Jerwood Arts). 2021-2022 sees the trio touring Europe, North America, as well as shows in Mexico and Japan. They are currently working on their third studio album. Clark has also curated a multi-disciplinary group exhibition in Havana, Cuba (supported by Creative Scotland/Glasgow City Council).

Participant in Late Works:

Preparations

Finlay Clark

Max Syedtollan

𝔐ax Syedtollan (b.04/07/1994) is an artist-composer living and working in Glasgow, with a multi-disciplinary practice spanning music, text and image. Interests include world-building, anachronism, affect, melody, improvisation, comedy and the naïve. His pieces have been broadcast on BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6, and performed in places such as Café Oto and Snape Maltings. Besides composing under his own name Syedtollan produces music as ‘Horse Whisperer’ which has been featured on NTS Radio, Resonance FM and Radiophrenia. In 2019 he was selected as one of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’, and released his second album of DIY chamber music on Glasgow label GLARC (supported by the Arts Council). In 2020 he made some radio plays & worked with Plus Minus Ensemble. In 2021 he is writing for Apartment House.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise, Preparations

Max Syedtollan

More information about the artists:

Aitor González Valencia

Aitor González Valencia lives and works in London. His practice explores the poetic possibilities of objects, processes and stories taken from the everyday. Uprooted from their context, materials and signs are transformed in order to create new narratives. Aitor’s production moves between the liminal spaces of knowing and understanding. His work explores associations with subjects such as the collective memory, family myths, the diaspora experience and childhood.

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Aitor González Valencia

Amanda Moström

AMANDA MOSTRÖM'S WORK GENERALLY TRIES TO BE READ AS A TOOL FOR PLAY OR FUNCTION OF SOME SORT. AMANDA PLAYS WITH THE USE AND VALUES OF BOTH EXPERIENCES AND MATERIALS. AMANDA ENJOYS MAKING THINGS THAT YOU CAN TOUCH AND ALWAYS TRIES TO WORK WITH AND BEYOND AN OFTEN STATIC GALLERY SPACE, TO CREATE ENCOUNTERS AND ENCOURAGE MISCHIEF. AMANDA ENJOYS COLLABORATION AND ADDRESSING ISSUES OF AUTHORSHIP TO CHALLENGE HIERARCHICAL NORMS.

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Amanda Moström

Amba Sayal-Bennett

Amba Sayal-Bennett lives and works in London. She received her BFA from Oxford University and her MA in Sculpture from The Royal College of Art. She was awarded her PhD in Art Practice and Learning from Goldsmiths and has published her practice-based research with Tate Papers. Amba is a co-founder of Cypher Billboard, an artist-run public program of site-specific billboard artworks and off-site projects based in London.

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Amba Sayal-Bennett

Angus McCrum

Angus McCrum’s work is motivated by the stories and materials that connect people with the land. His assemblages, carvings and found objects attempt to scrape back some kind of meaning beyond their status as artworks in a system of value and exchange.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise, By Ear, Preparations

Angus McCrum

Daisy Harvey

Daisy Harvey is a London based artist. She holds a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts and has since worked primarily in set design. She most often explores realms of sentimentality, symbols and storytelling through objects. Repeatedly working from her accumulated collections of found objects, concepts are formed from the most minute details.

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Daisy Harvey

Faye Milburn

Faye Milburn’s work explores writing in an expanded sense, with no fixed medium. Moved by the arbitrariness of neutral forms and objects, she often respond to the language of things in their own vernacular. Milburn finds a humour in the makeshift, and pairs this with an awe for the bespoke in the hope of a pure but clumsy thing.

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Faye Milburn

Gwenllian Spink

Gwenllian Spink is an artist whose work is predominantly rooted in the Welsh landscape where she grew up. Her practice, often site-specific, is materially led. Most recently, she was an artist-in-residence at the Heatherwick Studio Space at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (2021) and currently has a solo exhibition at Brockley Gardens, London (2021).

Participant in Late Works:

Preparations

Gwenllian Spink

Hamish Pearch

Hamish Pearch (b. 1993, London, UK) earned his BFA from Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) in 2015 and received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London, 2019. Selected solo exhibitions include: Thames Mud, front, Brussels (2021), Head Above Water, Belsunce Projects/Manifesta 13, Marseille (2020); Nights, Soft Opening, London (2019) and On a day like this, Sans titre (2016), Paris (2018). Curated and selected group exhibitions include: La Psychologie Des Surres, Centre d’Art de Neuchâtel, Swizterland (2021), 5th Edition, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, London (2021), Mushrooms, Somerset House, London (2020); Schools Show, Royal Academy of Art, London (2019); Ana Prata and Hamish Pearch curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli at Kupfer, London (2018), Go, Soft Opening, London (2018), New Relics, Thames-side Studios, London, (2018), Premiums, Royal Academy of Arts, London, (2018), Addams Outtakes, Roaming Projects, London, (2017), Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (co-curated and exhibited in with William Rees) at J Hammond Projects, London (2017), Le Laboratoire, Sans titre (2016), Marseille, (2017), Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Primary, Nottingham and ICA, London (2015). In 2016 he was a finalist at the Caitlin Art Prize. In Autumn 2020 he was a participant at Launch Pad LaB residency in France.

Participant in Late Works:

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Hamish Pearch

Isobel Neviazsky

Isobel Neviazsky is a multidisciplinary artist with a practice rooted in drawing and a prolific output spanning painting, printmaking, writing and publications. Their work is immediate and their interest is focused on the act of making itself. The focus of their output is picture making and the main visual themes are working from life, drawings documenting life from memory, working from other art, and what they call drawings about drawings: this is making pictures where the main importance is spatial relationships of objects interacting with each other in the picture plane, most often utilising recurring motifs and symbols as a way of creating or exploring composition. Accessibility is a focus of their practice and the ways they share their work are online, through publications, and by having a pricing structure for their work that is affordable and transparent because it is important that people can enjoy their work as well as funding them to continue their rigorous practice.

Participant in Late Works:

By Ear, Preparations

Isobel Neviazsky

Jack Bidewell

Jack Bidewell was born in 1994 in Cambridge, UK and he currently lives and works in London. In 2018, Bidewell graduated with a BA and MA in Fashion from the University of the Arts in London. Jack Bidewell creates works across a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, text and photography. In his work, Bidewell aims to explore what cannot be expressed in words through the language of abstract painting and sculpture. Bidewell’s practice is rooted in his autobiographical experiences and studies into the human condition, exploring human psychology in relation to a visual language. The artist applies the practice of sketching as a way to think, thereby welcoming the accidental, display layering and mark making. Hence, Bidewell emphasises the value of sketching by using large canvases and sculptures as drawings in a notebook.

Participant in Late Works:

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Jack Bidewell

Joe Highton

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Joe Highton

Jonas Pequeno

Jonas Pequeno is a London based artist, recent BA Fine Art Central St. Martins graduate and current Associate Studio Programme resident. Working predominantly with sound, Pequeno explores concepts around phenomenology, semiotics, absurdism and technological mediation.

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight II, of Noise, Preparations

Jonas Pequeno

Katharina Fitz

Her work comprises of sculpture and installation often in reference to architecture and industrial process. The physical engagement of the body is notably present in Fitz's practice where traces of her creative method draw the viewer into an exploration of the work. She often uses traditional processes such as mouldmaking, casting and plaster turning to create and activate sculptural form. Fitz questions the hierarchy and value of objects and imports jigs, tools and moulds into the exhibition space to bridge the gap between the studio and the gallery atmosphere.

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Katharina Fitz

Laila Majid

Working across image, video and sculpture, Laila Majid’s practice can be situated within slimy liminal zones - including those between synthetic and natural, and optic and haptic. She explores the ways in which the body actives and is activated by surfaces, materials, images and objects, frequently looking to the materials of fetishwear such as latex, leather and plastics, used in order to transform the body, embody a given character or role, and to actualise fantasies. Investigating such transformative processes enables her to interrogate both the boundaries of the corporeal form, and the desire to move and shape- shift beyond these boundaries.

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Laila Majid

Louis Eager

Louis Eager is a furniture and object designer. His work is heavily influenced by Adhocism and often makes things using readymades. Louis presents objects in new contexts to challenge the way people perceive the made-world. He regularly art-directs his projects and uses photography and drawing to communicate ideas.

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Louis Eager

Mathilda Bennett-Greene

Through their own personal metabolism of selected source material, Bennett-Greene seeks to repurpose both logic and association. The work relays obstacles found in testing physical capabilities. When thinking of energy circuits that support impending action, they are focused on what precedes or follows utility, resting after or charging prior. Before understanding what is necessary for energy to permit action, the qualities of a tool are evaluated. What are the potential roles and how can they be anthropomorphised? Resilience and persistence are sought throughout the process of the works, refining them into new tools, new hybrid bodies.

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight I, of Noise, Preparations

Mathilda Bennett-Greene

Oona Wilkinson

Oona Wilkinson is a London based artist attempting to hold a rotating axis of parts through sculpture, photography and installation. Drawing from experiential modes of perception for registering the economic/emotional/philosophical conditions of built (psychological) environments. Situating object and exhibition making within conversational form and practised potential for way finding in the world.

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Oona Wilkinson

Ralph Parks

Ralph Parks is a London based artist who's practice is largely concerned with truth and understanding. He creates sculptural questions in hope of confronting our methodologies for the acquirement and discernment of information. Often using the manipulation of found objects and common materials as a means of discussing the process of perception and our relationship with the external world.

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Ralph Parks

Siyi Li

Siyi Li is a multidisciplinary artist who currently lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His practice explores the immediacy and intensity of contemporary art viewing and how these qualities are related to fashion and politics. Working with drawing, painting, sculpture and sound, he creates instant moments in his works that resonates with capitalistic image productions.

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Siyi Li

Stanley Tilyard-French

Stanley Tilyard-French performs counterproductive tasks and builds work to perform it for him. Often using digital components such as servos and motors, he makes work considering movement, functionality, and non-functionality. His work is playful and silly, often directing the joke at the viewer or itself.

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Stanley Tilyard-French

Tawfik Naas

Tawfik Naas’s practice is reliant on the evolving shifts around the periphery of past historical events. Exploring how these instances have the ability to be in perpetual motions or re-enactments both in present and future time. Naas forms cosmologies around these now isolated moments to unearth certain energies unwitnessed from that history.

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Tawfik Naas

Tom Sewell

Tom Sewell's work is involved in trying to understand human relationships with the world using found or repurposed things and symbols. Sewell uses research into (pre)history, mythology, archaeology, language, landscape and life to offer ideas of a space that can be used to confuse the porous border between nature and culture.

Participant in Late Works:

By Ear, Preparations

Tom Sewell