In the summer of 2017, Studio Voltaire will host French artist, performer and musician, Lætitia Sadier, for the gallery’s first music residency.
Following the success of her Europe-wide tour this Spring, Sadier and her latest collaborators, Batsch, will embark upon an exploration into the effects of sound on the body, in what she calls ‘an exercise in reconnection’.
This will be the first time the two acts have collaborated on new material. Together, they will undertake a period of intensive collaboration on-site at Studio Voltaire, deconstructing usual approaches to music composition and performance. The project aims to directly access core emotion through sound. In Sadier’s own words, ‘Intellect is overrated. The real intellect is in feeling. The problem is we are being removed from our bodies and nature. There is an innate intelligence in our bodies, from which we are being castrated.’
Incorporating meditative techniques such as the use of binaural beats, and paying homage to eastern philosophies, the group will translate different facets of human emotion through the music they compose. The gallery, a former chapel, will become a ‘sanctuary of resonance’. External influences will be left at the door, in order to maximise the spectator’s vulnerability to the vibrations inside. As Sadier comments, ‘resonance is the key. The result of this project will be how we interpret this resonance through our pop sensibilities’.
Open rehearsals will take place throughout the residency, and a live closing performance of new material produced at Studio Voltaire will be held during the residency’s final weekend.
Saturday 15 July 2017, 7pm
Laetitia Sadier and Batsch perform live in the gallery. This one-off performance includes brand new material written over a period of intensive collaboration in-residence at art gallery Studio Voltaire.
The former Stereolab singer and the Coventry quartet will stage a ‘live audio exhibition’ entitled Diggers.
Placing emphasis on the necessity of live encounter, the final performance will purposely not be recorded, and must be experienced in person.
Early booking is recommended as capacity is limited.
General Admission: £10
Laetitia Sadier (b. 1968, Vincennes, France) lives and works in London. With an artistic career spanning 25 years Sadier has written over 16 albums, and undertaken numerous experimental and collaborative multidisciplinary projects with groups including Blur, Luna, the High Llamas, Mouse on Mars and Tyler, the Creator.
In 1990 she formed Stereolab with Tim Gane, and the band received critical acclaim for albums such as Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements (1993); Mars Audiac Quintet (1995); and Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996). She has collaborated with Rosie Cuckston under the name Monade since 1996, releasing the album, Socialisme ou Barbarie: The Bedroom Recordings, in 2003.
Sadier’s first solo album The Trip was released in 2010, with albums Silencio and Something Shines following in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The recently released project ‘Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble: Find Me Finding You’ includes contributions from long-time collaborators Emmanuel Mario and Xavi Munoz in addition to Batsch’s guitarist Mason le Long and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor. ‘Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble’ is touring throughout the UK and internationally.
This commission has been generously supported by Fluxus Art Projects and Yana & Stephen Peel.