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Sound Spill

The Exhibition

Nina Canell | Torsten Lauschmann | Guy Sherwin | Richard Sides

Sound Spill inaugurates a body of research into the curatorial problem of sound spill, an issue that is rarely addressed beyond its simple practicalities. By and large, efforts are made to minimise the aural complexity of sound from one work mixing with sound from another. This, to some degree, invariably fails. Artworks with an element of sound always impinge upon other works; they bleed into one another and interact. The focus of Sound Spill is precisely on the point at which they merge.

The four artworks presented in the Sound Spill all include an element of sound intrinsic to their conception without being their chief focus. The sound from each work, in this case, becomes a part in a larger acoustic composition that acts as both rationale for showing these works together and a creative process in itself.

The Designers Republic were invited to design a title to frame the exhibition based on the phrase "sound spill". Using ideas similar to those used in their renowned record sleeve designs they have produced a typographical abstraction in response to the words. The Designers Republic have been instrumental in the visual representation of experimental music since the early 90s, creating iconic artwork for Warp Records and bands such as Pop Will Eat Itself, Autechre and Aphex Twin.

Richard Sides

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Richard Sides works with a core of specific values or possibilities from which physical processes are generated, processes often concerned with an object’s relationship to its acoustic environment. His exploration is rooted in mathematics, aesthetics and structural identity and often produces audible objects.

Algorithms are used to generate acoustic patterns in Richard Sides’ An index of confused ideas (the impossibility of a realised
non-anthropocentric culture, reflections caught in the sun forever
, 2008. Panels of glass are carefully positioned over a number of nodes that are programmed to tap the glass forming a rhythmic composition that sets a tempo in the space.

Richard Sides lives and works in Sheffield. He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. He exhibited recently in a solo exhibition at Bloc Space, Sheffield in Contested Ground at 176 Gallery, London and a partially joyless carrousel of quantics at Supplement Gallery, London.

Guy Sherwin

Artists Posted on 19 Apr, 2009 03:55PM

Guy Sherwin has been working with film for over three decades and has extensively investigated the unique qualities of analogue film as a medium, focussing on the relationship between sound, image and film in live performance. His influential experiments into film and sound provide a grounding for the ideas underpinning this exhibition and the processes and methodologies employed by the artists in the show.

The film Night Train 1979 is presented with a construction similar to the one used to create the soundtrack of the film. The additional ‘live’ sound track will be generated alongside the original.


Guy Sherwin lives and works in London. He studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s and taught printing and processing at the London Film-Maker’s Co-op during the mid-70s. His films have been shown at the Hayward Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Torsten Lauschmann

Artists Posted on 19 Apr, 2009 03:43PM

Lauschmann is interested in the tension between logic and emotional life and in representing a truthfulness that can be created through any material, form, media or situation. He has a longstanding engagement with sound and music, exploring the mechanics of a diverse range of media and technologies, often using musical instruments and archive video footage in his work.

Torsten Lauschmann’s sculpture, Quality (Money Chord) is an old organ flipped upside down onto two £10 notes depressing key’s, which in turn play a chord. The perpetually sustained note sets a key and a mood in the space. In its shadow the artist has precisely projected various numbers of varying scale each in motion with a seemingly random trajectory.


Torsten Lauschmann was born in Germany and lives and works Glasgow. He studied Fine Art at Glasgow School or Art and exhibited most recently in solo exhibitions at Arnolfini, Bristol, GoMA, Glasgow and in Nought to Sixty at the ICA, London. He is represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow.

Nina Canell

Artists Posted on 19 Apr, 2009 03:38PM

Nina Canell works with everyday man made objects to create assemblages that ascribe to them a new function and status. Often incorporating audio-visual elements Canells work produces new associations and hierarchies between discrete objects. – Sally O’Reilly – Frieze Magazine, Issue 98

Canell’s video installation We Lost Wind depicts a saxophone player deep in a Swedish forest. The lone musician, wrapped-up against the winter cold has his saxophone buried – almost surgically grafted – into the cavity of a dead, hollow tree. The occasional blasts of the instrument, which irregularly puncture the otherwise peaceful ambient near-silence of the work, use the hollow tree as a resonator to broadcast the naturally amplified plaintive sound throughout the forest.


Nina Canell was born in Sweden and lives and works in Dublin and New York. She studied Fine Art at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire and has exhibited in Manifesta 7, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy and Nought to Sixty at the ICA, London. She is represented by Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin.