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08 Jun 16 20:00 |

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Uncanny Valley - day 1

Volcano The Bear (uk)
Waxy (us)
Manuel Padding (nl)
+ Expo: Artforms in Nature


Tickets: € 12 / 15

Combiticket: € 30 / 35
Full program

20:30 Manuel Padding
21:15 Waxy
22:30 Volcano the Bear

“The only way to be absolutely free is to invent your own language.” — Genesis P-Orridge

Uncanny Valley is a new festival celebrating the open marriage between underground music/culture and the visual arts. Central guests for this first edition are the Los Angeles Free Music Society and a selection of contemporary avant-garde heroes who happily embrace the chaos, freedom en energy of those legendary neo-dada artpranksters.

It could be said that The Los Angeles Free Music Society was born from the dissillusionment of the seventies US Westcoast art scene. Consisting of a a band of artist friends, they giddily blended high art and trashy DIY-attitude with a completely unique sensibility. The otherwise too serious worlds of visual art and music were taken as a playground where B-movies, bad cartoons, fluxus, avant-garde, proto-noise, freejazz and collage got trashed and mixed into something new and something wild. Forty years later their deconstructions of popculture and sound/ video experiments still remain as vibrant and challenging as ever.

Core members like Tom Recchion, Rick and Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, Joseph Hammer, Dennis Duck and notorious visual artists as Paul McCarthy en Mike Kelley formed several bands and projects that took aim at high minded avant-garde and the pittfalls of consumer society. Their collective, freewheeling way of creating influenced a great number of artists and musicians who took up the DIY approach to art and life, like noisecombo Wolf Eyes, dada improv group Volcano The Bear or outsider electronics and performance duo Calhau.

The 4 day Uncanny Valley Festival aims to show that this weird and wonderful world of the LAFMS hasn’t lost any of its bite nor it’s power to inspire. While the catalogue of LAFMS music projects is vast and endless (think of Smegma, The Doo-Dooettes, Dinosaurs With Horns…) , we chose to focus on a couple of specific projects and formations – like Extended Organ (with Paul McCarthy, Tom Recchion, David Toop…), AIRWAY (with Wolf Eyes & Aaron Moore) and Waxy and teamed them up with some of the best postmillenium avant-noise acts around, thus linking up with the here and now.

Next to many music performances we will also host an exhibition of the LAFMS flyer and poster archive at the 019 venue, have a paneltalk with all the artists moderated by David Toop at the SMAK museum and do a screening of LAFMS video work curated by Floris Van Hoof.

“The unearthing of the LAFMS recordings is experimental rock history at it’s most historical and hysterical - a completely bizarro and further-out counterpart to the L.A. punk scene.” (Thurston Moore)

Waxy (feat. Fredrik Nilsen, Vetza en Joe Potts)
Waxy, the in the late 70s originated improv duo of Fredrik Nilsen and Joe Potts, invites the Guatemala-born free jazz cellist and singer Vetza (also member of Airway) for this performance. In the stream of quite obscure projects, Waxy is one of the more underexposed LAFMS-bands.

Volcano the Bear (uk)
The iconic band Volcano The Bear plays for the first time since long again as a trio. The band transforms the former-factory-turned-into-a-creative-hub 019, into a bleak port pub.

It is quite difficult to characterize Volcano The Bear in a couple of words. Through the years, the band experimented with acoustic folk, drones, noise, tapes, krautrock, dada and absurdist avant-garde. Last year’s at Miasma Recordings released compilation album Commencing illustrates this: unrestrained experiments with unbridled freedom that reminds of the best parts of Throbbing Gristle, Faust and Nurse With Wound.

Manuel Padding (nl)
The Hague-based poet, musician and performance artist Manuel Padding, aka City Hands, creates a total, dreamy universe of his own, constructed out of spoken word and tape collages, drenched in ghostly sound effects. Between 2004 and 2008, he was the key figure (as screen print artist and organizer) of Helbaard, a place for experimental music, film and poetry that was an obligatory stop for each weirdo musician and DIY noisehead that didn’t pass The Hague quietly.


Expo Artforms In Nature
The LAFMS created since the beginning of the 70s with uncountable self-designed flyers, posters and records sleeves also on print an incredibly unique oeuvre that preceded the well-known DIY punk esthetics with a couple of years.
Using the local copy machine, absurd drawings and divers collage techniques, fake advertising brochures with matching slogans were made. 40 years later, these hilarious parodies are still relevant regarding the typical big corporate music industry promotion and brainless consumerism. Open Wednesday evening and Saturday from 2pm till 6pm.

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