Preview: Unconscious Archives Festival

Preview: Unconscious Archives Festival

AUGUST '17


Fringe multi-disciplinary arts promoter Unconscious Archives hits London next month, in its first incarnation as a festival. Following six years of leftfield and experimental events across London, it will land for ten days from 20th to 30th September, with four events exploring the varying connections between sound, art and performance.

Composer and digital artist Myriam Bleau will headline a live event showcasing audiovisual systems and artist-made technology at Dalston’s Cafe Oto on Sunday 24th September. Bleau’s piece ‘Soft Revolvers’, a light and sound composition for four spinning tops, evoking turntables and DJ culture, will top the bill with support from Mariska de Groot, Leafcutter John and Dawid Liftinger.

Myriam Bleau's 'Soft Revolvers'

Thursday 28th September sees Haptic Somatic descend on Corsica Studios for a night of sonic experimentation. Music, light, noise and club sounds will mix, with the night doubling up as album launch for Berlin-based Ziúr - a leading purveyor of the kind exploratory, jagged beats that so many innovative DJs and producers are pushing at the moment. Ziúr co-runs club night BOO HOO in the German capital, a night dedicated to gender activism and the inclusion of the transgender community and women on club line-ups. Yaxu, Ewa Justka, Spatial and more will bulk out the rest of the night at Corsica - not one to be missed!

The final event of the festival will take place at Shoreditch’s Close Up Film centre. Narrativize will explore the construction and deconstruction of narrative through the media of live film, digital art and performance. Paracinema researcher and artist Esperanza Collado will present a work made exclusively for the event alongside Austrian artist and programmer Jörg Piringer.

Ulla Rauter

Throughout the duration of the festival, The Austrian Cultural Forum will host Emotion + The Tech(no)body, showcasing Austrian and international artists working across sound art, experimental film, software programming, sculpture, and post-internet art.

Unconscious Archives is set to be a mind-bending ten days of artistic innovation. Make sure you get down to at least one of the events!


Unconscious Archives Festival takes place at various venues across London from 20th-30th September. 

Tickets and more information here.