Thursday 6 November 7-9PM
TALK AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
with Max Keiser and Anton Lukoszevieze
Part 1: Max Keiser’s lecture and performative reading
A unique evening bringing together the opaque worlds of high finance and modern composition. Admission free. Booking is essential. Please “rsvp” by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coinciding with Beatrice Gibson’s current exhibition, F for Fibonacci, Op. 50 and Laura Bartlett Gallery will stage an evening of cutting edge music and biting market commentary. The evening takes as its departure point William Gaddis’ epic modernist novel JR (1975). An eerily prescient social satire, JR tells the story of a precocious 11 year-old capitalist who, with the unwitting help of his school’s resident composer, inadvertently creates the single greatest financial empire the decade has seen.
Developing a particular episode from the novel, in which the character of the Composer meets with the character of the Banker to discuss music, finance and their interrelation, Gibson has invited controversial financial pundit Max Keiser and renowned cellist and experimental music pioneer Anton Lukoszevieze to talk and perform respectively, on the theme of abstraction in their chosen fields.
Both Keiser and Lukoszevieze feature as voice over’s in Gibson film F For Fibonacci, currently showing at the Gallery. Also orientating around an episode in Gaddis’ novel, F For Fiboanacci sees a televised music lesson scrambled with a maths class on derivatives, from inside the mind of its child protagonist. Musings on aleatory music become muddled with virtual stock pickings and a theory of ‘market noise’.
Extending the film’s characters beyond the confines of the screen, the event is the second installment of an episodic and ongoing production orientated around Gaddis’ novel, that looks at abstraction in music and finance, exploring the idea of value by playing on its varying meanings: social financial and aesthetic.
There will be screenings of F for Fibonacci at the gallery at 6.00 pm and 6.30 pm on Thursday 6th November.
Max Keiser is an American broadcaster and film-maker. He hosts Keiser Report, a financial program broadcast on RT (Russia Today). He presents a weekly show about finance and markets on London’s Resonance FM, and writes for The Huffington Post. Keiser invented “Virtual Specialist Technology,” a software system used by the Hollywood Stock Exchange. Prior to inventing this technology, he worked on Wall Street where he began working after graduating from NYU. Keiser is currently CEO/ co-founder of the UK based crowdfunding platform “StartJOIN” and of the crypto currency “StartCOIN”.
Anton Lukoszevieze is a musician and an artist. As a cellist he has commissioned over 50 new works and performed concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has also devised programmes and given broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Danish Radio, SR2, Sweden, Deutschland Rundfunk, WDR, Germany and ORT, Austria. He has had close working relationships with many contemporary composers, notably Christian Wolff, David Behrman, Amnon Wolman, Helmut Oehring, Christopher Fox, Richard Ayres, Phill Niblock, Karlheinz Essl and Laurence Crane. He has worked with a vast array of performers and conductors such as Thomas Adés, Peter Eötvös, Sakari Oramo, Diego Masson, Ilan Volkov, Pierre Strauch, Linda Hirst, John Tilbury, Carsten Nicolai, Zbigniew Karkowski, Keiji Heino, William Bennett (Whitehouse), Sasha Waltz Dance Company and as a dancer with the Vincent Dance Company. He is also the founder and director of the ensemble Apartment House, one of Europe’s leading ensembles for the performance of contemporary and experimental music. He has performed with many new music ensembles, including Exaudi, Zeitkratzer, Musikfabrik, Kammer Ensemble Neue Musik, Berlin, Ensemble Aventure, Ensemble SurPlus, Music Projects-London, Almeida Opera and the Composers’ Ensemble.
Beatrice Gibson lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include, A Tale of Two Cities, The Highline, Channel 14, New York, (2014), Beatrice Gibson, Wilfried Lenz, (2014) CAC Bretigny (2013), Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; The Showroom, London (2012); Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart (2010), The Serpentine Gallery (Sackler Center) (2010). Gibson’s films have screened at numerous experimental film venues and film festivals nationally and internationally including Light Industry, NY, Anthology Film Archives NY; LA Film Forum; Rotterdam International Film Festival; Experimenta, London Film Festival; and Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Gibson’s work was recently included in Assembly, A Recent Survey of Artist’s Film and Video in Britain, 2008-2013, Tate Britain, 2014. She has twice won the Rotterdam International Film Festival Tiger Award for short film, was nominated for the 2013 Jarman Award and shortlisted for the 2013-15 Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Gibson is currently one of four shortlisted artists for the newly inaugurated 2014 Milton Keynes City Prize for the Visual Arts. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Collective Gallery (2015) Edinburgh, and Grazer Kunstverein (2016).
Op. 50 is a new London based not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to audio art. It commissions and produces collaborations between visual artists, composers and musicians. Projects culminate in a public outcome, such as performance and/or installation, or published materials across appropriate media.
Image: Clay Barnard Chodzko