Sean Dower: Artworks and information

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14-17 October 2015 - BMW 325i / 24 hrs a day


BMW 325i - screened in an empty shop window at 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch.

See page on BMW 325i >



'The Greatest Show on Earth' featuring Kieran Leonard. A four day event
organised by Sean Mclusky
and 1-2-3-4 Records, 14-17 October 2015.


Dick Donkeys Dawn : videos online

Documentary, music videos and live performances by Dick Donkeys Dawn (1997-1999)

Remixes and video editing by Dick. Music by Dick Donkeys Dawn.

See page on band for more videos and information >



Dick Donkeys Dawn: Sean Dower, Georgina Starr and Oliver Hangl

DDD made music, live performances and videos between 1997 and 1999


July 2015

De La Warr Pavilion and Project 78 Gallery present: Dear Serge Offsite@Project 78

Test Card (intermission#2)

Test Card (intermission #2) 2015

29 x 21cm mounted photograph, scientific clamp, optional music.

Click here for more information about work


Test Card intermission

Screen grabs of camera live-feed for Dear Serge Offsite@project 78

25.07.15. Project 78 Gallery, Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea.

Featuring: Prinzhorn Dance School / Sean Dower / Joe Snape / Noteherder
and McCloud / Cliff Stevenson / Christina Yeo Clarey / Simon Barker and
Nayan Kulkarni / DJ Cheesemaster / Bartosz Dylewski.

Streamed live to Kino Teatr, St Leonards / /


July 2015

Landfall 2015 - Video exhibited at POOL - Cafe Gallery London


Above: Still frame from Landfall 2015 - projection with sound exhibited at Cafe Gallery

More information on POOL here: Cafe Gallery London

Cafe Gallery London
Southwark Park
London SE16 2UA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7237 1230


Puerto Los Cabos

Puerto Los Cabos harbour during the day


Jan - March 2015

ON AIR - Residency and performance recordings at Beaconsfield, London.

on air

The residency resulted in a number of distinct outcomes including 2 installations open to
the public and audio recordings of several collaborative performances.

Link to sound recordings, images and more information:



ON AIR - whiteboard drawing 2015


December 2014

New video of 'Break it Down - A Performance' (2006) - now online

Video excerpts of a live performance with percussion and visual effects - 13 min.
A collaboration between Sean Dower and Richard Wilson
See here for more information and images


Break it down

Break it Down - Timothy Taylor Gallery, London. 2006


November 2014

Sean Dower 'Live from the Studio' - broadcast to The Centre for Remote Possibilities, Matt's Gallery London on 20.11.14


futuro futuro futuro

Live 2 hour transmission of video and sound from the artist's studio in Deptford to a Futuro house situated on the roof of Matt's Gallery in Bow, East London.
The artist played emulated modular synths, mixed with live percussion and Electronic and Musique Concret records from the 60's and 70's.
The project was facilitated by artist Craig Barnes, whose renovated Futuro house was included in the exhibition 'Revolver II'.

October 2014

'/seconds' at Sharjah Art Foundation 11.10.14 – 10.12.14

Both Sides of the Story #1 Both Sides of the Story #2 Both Sides of the Story #3
Above: Both Sides of the Story #1-3 - exhibited at Sharjah Art Foundation (click on images for more information)

August 2014

Minotaur by Sonofapup

Electronic Music 2014

Noise transmissions permeated with subterranean foreboding - recorded in an arid landscape
on the edge of the Libyan Sea.


Sonofapup is the name given to electronic music projects by Sean Dower since 1995.

'Minotaur' is the third release by Sonofapup, following on from 'sɜrbərəs' (2001-2003)
and '1st Geneeration (1995-2000).

In contrast to the more physical percussion performances Dower makes, Sonofapup
produces sound in a more cerebral way, using hardware and software synthesis.
The music often involves the exploration of idiosyncratic and paranoid systems of logic.

For free download codes, contact:


March 2014

'Live Noise Transmission'. Monomania Festival. Aid & Abet - Cambridge, UK

Video excerpts of performance 7.30 min - see here for more information and images


Noise Transmission

Live Noise Transmission (sound system installation) - 2014


December 2013

The World in a Box, A Bittersweet Salon. Margate, UK


Unboxing (cast of the interior of iphone box) presented on a table



Unboxing 2013 - detail


November 2013

Video documentation of The Voyeur (2012) - 5 min with sound

The Voyeur was exhibited at De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill on Sea, UK) in 2012

See page dedicated to The Voyeur here



The video is a walk around the exhibition The Voyeur, which combined sculpture,
photography and seemingly familiar objects with the technology of sound.

The audience had to move around the space to experience both the sculpture and
soundtrack. Much of the work drew parallels between modernity (and modern
technology) and more ancient philosophies.

The works included: photographs emitting sound from their surface, sound
diffusing sculptural reliefs, vibrating cabinets, a satellite dish projecting a beam
of sound, a floor drum resonating with noises, a long plastic curtain with white
noise cascading down it and a muffled voice, emanating from a tiny speaker
inside a glass, which was attached to a wall

During the exhibition, the artist performed on top of the 4.5m tall St Simeon's Drum
Riser (made of stacked pallets), whilst CCTV relayed a bird's eye view of the
performances down to ground level.


November 2013

WHOOSH - Screenprints on aluminium for the lift at El Ganzo hotel Mexico.

Video documentation (43 seconds - silent)


WHOOSH - Onomatopoeic sound work for lift shaft - 2013
Fluorescent green screen prints on aluminium 1100 x 1100mm (5 panels)

One of several works commissioned during a residency at Hotel El Ganzo in
Puerto Los Cabos, Baja California Sur - Mexico.


November 2013

Video interview for Mexican magazine Limulus "The paradox of sound" by Santiago Maza

Link to Limulus magazine



Interview based on molecule diagram by film maker Santiago Maza


October 2013

Video of performance at Cornelius Foundation. Le Château de Lagemas, France.

Performance took place on 24.08.13

More details of performance here




August 2013

Artist in Residence: Cornelius Foundation. Le Château de Lagemas, France.


Residency - 12th-28th August, performance on 24.08.13.




See more details of performance here and video excerpts here


July 2013

Artist in Residence: El Ganzo, San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

El Ganzo

About El Ganzo. Article in Spanish here: Revista Código


the killer

Panga del pescador 2013


June 2013 - Two projects for /seconds magazine:

both sides 3

Both Sides of the Story #3 - 1993 (photogram - 140 x 110 cm)


exloding teacup

Exploding Teacup Photograms - 1988

Click on images to see at /seconds website


June 2013

Exhibition at shape gallery - 4 June / 4 July 2013


Unboxing 2013
Acrylic resin, pigment and silk cloth
130x10x75 mm

Shape gallery:



May 2013


Click here for more information about BMW 325i



DISCONNECTED (The left hand doesn’t know…)

Curated by Matt Calderwood and designed to be staged within his exhibition
Paper Over the Cracks at BALTIC 39, this event brings together a collection of film,
video and sound works by artists including Calderwood, Declan Clarke,
Sean Dower, Matt Crawley, Melanie Manchot, Tim Knowles and Paul
McDevitt. The works explored collapsing systems, relationships, devices and
machines, and broken communications.

Videos exhibited by Sean Dower (click on titles for links):

BMW325i (1994)
Interview with Bruce Mclean (1994)
Something in Dutch (1994)
Curfew Recordings (video reflection) 1984 & 2004


March 2013

The Curfew Recordings. CD release 2013

curfew cd

New digital realease of The Curfew Recordings (1984)


The Curfew Recordings 2013

The Curfew Recordings were made at a disused industrial site on the river Tyne in
1984. The on-site, improvised performances featured John Smith (then publisher of
Interchange magazine), Sean Dower (ex Death Magazine 52 & later of Bow Gamelan
Ensemble) and John Mylotte (of the band Metgumnebone).

The recordings were made inside a cylindrical, steel-plated silo (approximately 10m
tall and 26m in diameter). The structure was originally used for bitumen storage and
still had soft tar underfoot at the time of the recordings. The instrumentation is
acoustic and the tracks have not been processed, the reverb is entirely due to the
structure in which the performances were made. The performers worked by
candlelight (there was no electricity on site) and the material was captured using a
battery operated, portable cassette deck.

Instrumentation included: bull roarers, spirit whistles, human thy-bone trumpet,
chimes, pipes, gongs, flutes, drums, projectiles, scraped and bowed objects and other
materials (glass, metal, bones and wood).

This is the first digital transfer of the original tapes to become available.

CD on Harbinger Sound (Harbinger 110)


December 2012

Bag of Blood:
sound recording of '20 pieces of Silver' now online
Performance took place at Ikon East, Birmingham UK. 2007



October 2012



hair of dog



29th September - 26th October 2012
Thurs-Sun 12-6pm

Curated by Reece Jones

336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA


30.06.12 - 16.09.12

The Voyeur - Solo exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea.


See also - page dedicated to The Voyeur



The Voyeur: Sat 30th June 2012 - Sun 16th September 2012

De La Warr Pavilion. Marina, Bexhill, East Sussex. UK. TN40 1DP

For The Voyeur, Dower constructed a space where objects, images and live
performance interacted in the production and modification of sound.

Drawing inspiration from thinkers who radically question our understanding of
the physical world, such as Elizabethan alchemist and mathematician, John
Dee, French novelist Alan Robbe Grillet and the 5th Century mystic, Saint
Simeon of Stylites, the artist reconfigures the gallery space into a complex sound
system. Links between modernism, Dada and more ancient systems of thought
are explored, as is the perception of space through sound.

During the exhibition, Dower made 3 unique performances on top of the
towering St Simeon's drum riser, relayed back down to ground level via CCTV.

Click here to read an excerpt from an interview with Sean Dower by curator
Jane Won.



Live performance on St Simeon's drum riser

cctv recording of performance #3 on 01.09.12 (full performance 11 mins)

Installation images and information about The Voyeur


St Simeon tower St_Simeon2

3 x performances during The Voyeur exhibition:
#1 = 30.06.12 - #2 = 14.07.12 - #3 = 01.09.12



17.07.12 - Gallery Vela (festivela)

Videos 1988-1993 and performance of the Ultimate Brown Sound

spirit level Palm
Above left: Monitor 1 - Spirit Level (1993), Above right: Monitor 2 - Palm Reader (1993)

Monitor 2: Palm Reader (1993), Flowers (1993) and Bluebell Wood (1988)

More information about these videos can be found here


Brown Sound

Rear gallery: Performance of the Ultimate Brown Sound.


July 2012

PHOTOGRAPHIC EDITION available from de la warr pavilion


Catholic School for the Deaf. Porto 2011

Image is from the series 'Bathrooms of the World'



June 2012

Release of double vinyl disc of Death Magazine 52 on Harbinger Sound


1980's Black Country based 'underground/noise/Industrial' group Death Magazine 52



Sleeve Notes:

"Between 1982 and 1984 Death Magazine 52 played around 20 shows mostly within the
Black Country region of the U.K. Sometimes they played under the name Spontaneous
Human Combustion, which was the moniker they originally started out with. These
recordings capture the core group and its floating membership at various stages of their
existence. Recordings from the studio sessions and live sets, including playing to a
school hall full of teenage girls at 3pm one afternoon, and as the final band to play at the
legendary Equinox Event before the plugs got pulled and the police arrived. The
recordings are of a raw nature and should be considered as historical documentation."

The full DM52 story will appear in the magazine As Loud As Possible #2.

Review at: Heathen Harvest
Available at Second Layer and Volcanic Tongue


May 2012
Witness appeal watercolours exhibited at Solent Showcase Southampton
17 May – 30 June 2012

witness appeal

Click on above photo for more information about work and more images



November 2011...

New photographs added to the series
'Bathrooms of the World'


His. Porto 2011

Click images for more from the series: Bathrooms of the World



Hers. Porto 2011


04.11.11 - Bag of Blood... LIVE at Tate Britain

Richard Strange's Cabaret Apocalyptica Late at Tate Britain Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Click for more



10.09.11 - 30.12.11: Change the World or go Home

Exhibition at the Downstairs Gallery at Great Brampton House, Herefordshire

Exhibiting a series of watercolours based on Metropolitan Police witness appeal signs...

Change the world
click to enlarge


sɜrbərəs by SONOFAPUP (2011) Electronic music 2001-2003

Sonofapup has been producing electronic music since 1995.
The music explores idiosyncratic and paranoid systems of logic.

Tracks available at:
Also listen at:



September 2011... Now online - London Audio Culture Survey (1997)

Ten photographs and digital audio recordings made at specific sites across London in 1997.
The recordings reflect localised sound culture and how this interacts with architecture,
technology and the natural world.

LondonAudioCultureSurvey LondonAudioSurvey Whitechapel
click for more information


14.04.11 - 21.05.11

Solo exhibition at SOUTHARD REID - 2nd Floor, 67 Dean Street. Soho, London W1D 4QH
Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 6pm
Also by appointment: +44 (0) 7806 436 3721

Book Pyre 2011 - click image for more

see also:
Time Out review



September 2010

(снага и светлост) 1990
Black and white Super 8 film, transferred to video 2010 - 4 mins

Power and Light is a top to bottom, interior study of a derelict power station in Belgrade,
which was the site for live performance. Film and soundtrack by Sean Dower.
Exhibited in: TAPS - Improvisations with Paul Burwell - presented by Matt's Gallery.




02.06.10 - 20.11.10: KEEP ME POSTED
Group exhibition at POSTED - 67 Wilton Way, London E8 1BG
Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Also by appointment: +44 (0)20 7923 2258


12th June 2010 - Performance - A Blizzard of Noise (Donder op Dender)
Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art. Aalst, Belgium.
Sean Dower, Steve Noble and Richard Wilson



A Blizzard of Noise - 6 min. (excerpts)

A Blizzard of Noise - performance for Musik für Barbaren und Klassiker

24.04.10 - 12.06.10: Musik für Barbaren und Klassiker
Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art. Houtkaai, B-9300 Aalst, Belgium. T: +32 53 709 773

Video of all works in Musik für Barbaren und Klassiker - 5 mins


Link to page of all works in Musik für Barbaren und Klassiker

Brown Noise 12" Vinyl disk

Online review at: we make money not art


19.03.10 - 18.04.10: RIFF-RAFF
Group Exhibition curated by David Southard. 5-8 Lower John Street. London. W1F 9AU. UK
Also by appointment: +44 (0)20 7734 5488

19.02.10 - 19.03.10: FILM / VIDEO / PERFORMANCE
Wimbledon Space
Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, London. SW19 3QA. UK

12.02.10 - 18.04.10: PARTY!
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square, Walsall WS2 8LG. UK


Works on display in the exhibition 'PARTY!'

'Hot Music'

'Drummer shoots bandmates'

'Death Star'

Three works on display at The New Art Gallery, Walsall. UK - 12.02.10 - 18.04.10

Work in progress October 2009

Series of direct etchings from key scratches on cars:

v   v
Key Scratch (Ford) 2009 Key Scratch etching (Ford) 2009 - Etching ink on Arches paper

Series of text paintings from Metropolitan Police witness appeal signs:

Murder    Shooting_photo
Murder 2009 - Water Colour and ink on paper 37x32cm See more watercolour versions

October 2009...

Selected performance videos now viewable at
Other Music films at:

8.06.09 - 16.08.09... Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition - 2 films being exhibited.
Films :
Bluebell wood (1988)
and Automaton (2006)

at the Royal Academy of Arts... Richard Wilson in conversation with Sean Dower and filmaker William Raban

13.03.09: Röck - The Horns of Dilemma (Sean Dower + Bernard Elsemere) presented by at Hello my name is Bill Galerie Erich Mircher, Paris

Click image for more information

death star

Above: Death Star - rotating 'mirrorball'

24.10.08 - 04.01.09: NOTHING MOMENTS
Art and Culture Centre of Hollywood
1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

Illustrations for a short story by Tony White for the book project 'Nothing Moments' 2008

The books were launched at MOCA, Los Angeles in 2008, with exhibitions of the drawings in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.
Drawing 2 for 'Gobbledegook' (a short story by Tony White) 2008
Ink, spraypaint and inkjet on watercolour paper (28x20cm)



Drawing 1 for 'Gobbledegook' (a story by Tony White) 2008
Ink, spraypaint and inkjet on watercolour paper (28x20cm)

18.10.08 - Ghost Drummer - Live at Brown Noise

Ghost Drummer performed for several hours at Brown Noise
Excerpt - 2 min. (Warning: contains strobe lighting)

Ghost drummer

Ghost drummer live at Maurice Einhardt Neu galleries 2008

02.10.08 - 02.11.08: BROWN NOISE

Brown Noise
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WED - SUN 12 - 7PM




+44 (0)20 7729 7948


From simulacra to synaesthesia, from mirrorballs to memorials, from the golden age of sound proofing to the dark age of knitting patterns, from a range of toys for infantile adults to the kind of photographs you wouldn’t take to Boots to develop, from Cartman’s poop-inducing musical antics in South Park to the military use of acoustics for similar ends, from three artists mixing up their primary colours to the collective experience that is…Brown Noise.

Brown Noise is everywhere. It is the lowest random denominator. It is the background hum of ‘shit happening’. It is the iPod playlist you take to the bathroom. It is the tepid waft of the artists’ manifesto. It is a snapshot of our interests, profane and impure, pitched at the lower frequencies to disrupt the bowels of art & culture.

If Van Gogh hadn’t cut off his own ear, he might have heard the faint murmur of Brown Noise, telling him his gesture was in vain. If ‘Stendhal’s syndrome’ is the dizziness, panic, paranoia or madness caused by an overdose of ‘beautiful’ art, then its counterpart might well be the ‘out-there’ experience of Brown Noise, an inverted and shallow aesthetic of bowel emptying humour.

Emanating from the front space of an east-end recording studio, Brown Noise provides fast-acting, effective relief from the muted anality of Cultural institutions and the constipating effects of over-consumption. As the inaugural exhibition at the Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery, Brown Noise adds a rumbling back-beat to the sounds otherwise associated with these premises.

© The artists.