Sean Dower: Artworks and information

 
   
 
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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 2013 (resin cast of the inside of iphone packaging)

 





World

World in a Box - exhibition view with Unboxing in foreground

 

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


 




molecule

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

 



lagamas



 

August 2013

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

Lagemas

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


 

 


Lagamas

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)

www.slashseconds.co.uk/contributing-artist/54/sean-dower/



 



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

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

Shape gallery: www.facebook.com/shapegallery


 










 

May 2013

THE LATE SHOWS AT BALTIC 39

bmw325i
Click here for more information about BMW 325i


 







THE LATE SHOWS AT BALTIC 39 (PROJECT SPACE)
SATURDAY 18 MAY 2013

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 now online

Performance recorded at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK. 2007


 


 

 

Until 26.10.12


 

 



hair of dog

 

 





'THE HAIR OF THE DOG'

KIERA BENNETT | DAN COOMBS |
SAM DARGAN | LOUISA DUROSE |
SEAN DOWER & GUY BAR AMOTZ |
DAVID KEFFORD

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

Curated by Reece Jones

BLOCK 336
336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA




 

30.06.12 - 16.09.12

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

Voyeur

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.


 

01.09.12

Live performance on St Simeon's drum riser



cctv recording of performance #3 on 01.09.12 (8 min excerpts)

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 / 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
.

DeafSchool

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


D.Mag52


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


 






D.Mag52

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

His. Porto 2011

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

 





hers

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

BagofBlood
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: http://sonofapup.bandcamp.com
Also listen at:
www.sonofapup.com


 
sonofapup


 

September 2011... 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

bookpyre
Book Pyre 2011 - click image for more


see also:
www.southardreid.com
Time Out review

 

 

September 2010

POWER AND LIGHT (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
www.postedprojects.co.uk


     

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 - 9 min. (excerpts)

 
 

LIVE-12.06.10

 

Donder
 
A Blizzard of Noise - Sean Dower on pyrophone, Richard Wilson on hand cranked siren.


 
Steve Noble on Caskaphones
 

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

 



brownsound
Brown Noise 12" Vinyl disk

See photos of works in Musik für Barbaren und Klassiker
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

PARTY!

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 www.performanceonfilm.com
Other Music films at: www.youtube.com/user/sonofapup


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


12.06.09...
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

Rock
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

Nothing1
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)

Nothing2

 

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
Click for more information and images

BROWN NOISE

SEAN DOWER, LOHAN EMMANUEL
& NICK WAPLINGTON

2ND OCTOBER - 2ND NOVEMBER 2008
WED - SUN 12 - 7PM

LIVE EVENT AND LATE NIGHT OPENING
SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER 7 - 11pm

THE MAURICE EINHARDT NEU GALLERY LONDON
30A REDCHURCH STREET E2 7DP

PRESS ENQUIRIES info@neugalleries.com

+44 (0)20 7729 7948

www.neugalleries.com


PRESS RELEASE for BROWN NOISE.


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.

BronNoise