The New Anxiety
The 300+ year technologies built to capture, understand and connect the world - from maps through geostationary satellites to contemporary algorithms and big data collection - have been exposed as weapons-grade systems that pluralise reality and destabilise the present. How does living in this new anxious world feel, and how deep do these systems take root?
9th April 2019, Soup Kitchen, 19:30-22:00
photography by Nadine Oliver
`,-._”-,h_ ‘e_a,”rt;`_ ,-_- t“h,e _-s-_-i’-ze -_ / o,f_ ._a “_.—w,o_.-rl-,_-d`_.-_,-“ (2019)
Laurie + Suze
Joyrobix (2019, world premiere)
Jethro Cooke (Joe Snape)
Louise Snape (Joe Snape)
VIRTUALLYREALITY partners up with quintessentially un-British record label Slip for an opening night party featuring pop music for a restless generation.
The night climaxes with the first tour date of 'Joyrobix', the live version of Brummy-abroad Joe Snape’s flooring return to Slip. Born of a complicated move to the US in 2015, Joyrobix pays weird homage to a musical America that doesn't quite exist. Part soft-rock guitars, part gospel grooves, part Broadway aria, this is music that's resolutely strange and oddly familiar at once.
This suite of nimble, polychrome post-pop songs is arranged for chamber trio and set to a collection of ten absurdist films directed with Swiss artist Leonie Brandner.
The joy of 'Joyrobix' is channeled in the work of Slip label co-runners Laurie + Suze. Their audiovisual performance 'Coop' is a meshing of Tompkins' sonic negotiations of pop cultural trauma, ritual self-abasement, and gunky funk, with Whaites' illusive video renderings of the alien, microscopic, and fleshy.
VIRTUALLYREALITY's artistic director MICHAELBRAILEY's live set emblazons his body with projected watermarks as his fragile falsetto struggles through tech-indebted songwriting. His new work `,-._”-,h_ ‘e_a,”rt;`_ ,-_- t“h,e _-s-_-i’-ze -_ / o,f_ ._a “_.—w,o_.-rl-,_-d`_.-_,-“ is a moment of self-repair/disrepair held at distance by strobing tech, enabling internal narratives to privately and safely unfurl.