Conrad Shawcross


Conrad Shawcross


Imbued with an appearance of scientific rationality, Conrad Shawcross’s sculptures explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. Attracted by failed quests for knowledge in the past, he often appropriates redundant theories and methodologies to create ambitious structural and mechanical montages, using a wide variety of materials and media, and often working on an epic scale. Different technologies and natural forces inspire his forms, but his mysterious machines and structures remain enigmatic, filled with paradox and wonder. Some have an absurdist melancholy feel, while others tend to the sublime. Recently, Shawcross has developed the scale of his practice, taking on architectural spaces with work that combines epic scope and poetic grace.


Beatrice Dillon is a producer, composer and NTS DJ with releases across The Trilogy Tapes, PAN, Boomkat Editions, Where To Now? etc. Recent live solo shows include Documenta 14, Masåfåt Cairo and Arma17 Moscow. She has collaborated internationally with visual artists producing music for installation and performance at ICA, Tate, Lisson Gallery, Southbank Centre, Nasher Centre Dallas,Center of Art Geneva etc. Beatrice was as selected for Wysing Arts Centre’s artist residency in 2016. Her collaborative EP with Kassem Mosse, ‘Pulse High’ was released on The Trilogy Tapes earlier this year.


Rupert Clervaux is a musician, writer and audio engineer, based in London and Mallorca. He was a founder member of Sian Alice Group and has worked and performed with Spring Heel Jack, New Build, Spiritualized and About Group amongst many others. The first two installments of his current project, Zibaldone of CVX, were released earlier this year on Laura Lies In.


Beatrice Dillon and Rupert Clervaux have released two critically-acclaimed collaborative albums ‘Studies I-XVII for Samplers and Percussion’, and ‘Two Changes’ (The Quietus’ Top Albums of 2015 and 16).


Holly Herndon became a leading light in contemporary music by experimenting at the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting possibilities. Born in Tennessee, Herndon spent her formative years in Berlin’s techno scene and repatriated to San Francisco, where she earned a PHD at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. On her second album, Platform (RVNG Intl. / 4AD), Herndon could be viewed as the 21st century’s answer to the protest singer, were she not also a composer of such sublime music. Platform signaled her transformation as an electronic musician to a singular voice and marries emotional and political critique with innovative club music. The interactive and ecstatic experience of her live performance has now evolved into a group which includes the artists Mat Dryhurst and Colin Self.


Mira Calix is an award winning artist and composer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound have always been at the centre of her practice of creating mixed media installation and performance works. Mira has been commissioned and exhibited works with many leading international cultural institutions, festivals and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Carriageworks, Beijing Museum Of Contemporary Art, Melbourne Recital Centre, Performa, Barbican, Lincoln Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art

London, the Manchester International festival and the London Olympics amongst others. As well as solo artworks, Mira is a vociferous collaborator, working with visual artists, scientists, architects, dancers and musicians from other disciplines. In 2017 Calix launched her online Portal, a space for music, conversation and material

works in conjunction with Warp Records/Bleep stores with whom she is signed.


Tamara Barnett-Herrin is a songwriter and performer, currently living in Los Angeles


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