Synthetic Ecology #2: Midnight Notes - ONCA Gallery Residency, 2017
Including artists Ruby Bateman, Bethany Crawford, Karel Doing, Justin Grize, George Harding, Lydia Heath, Kris Lock, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Holly Shoesmith, Korallia Stergides, Jo Sweeney, Jeph Vanger, Dana Venezia, Jack Walsh, Sam Williams. Curated by Lou Lou Sainsbury.

Using research departing from Lis Rhodes’ concept of the ‘visible’ and histories of cinema, SE examined the night in reflection to crisis capitalism and used ONCA as an improvised space for artist development & collaborative learning. During the 4 day residency, we camped in Stanmer Park, Brighton and worked in ONCA, using both sites to lead workshops, sound walks, storytelling, film screenings and reading groups. Artists that took part in the residency included Sam Williams, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Lydia Heath, George Harding, Korallia Stergides and Kris Lock.

The collaborative work and thinking from the residency then led up to our main public event, Midnight Notes, featuring sound art, video and performance selected from an open call.

Midnight Notes - Saturday 2nd September 2017

Day Programme // Workshops 

12pm to 1:30pm Nocturne – Ensiferan Variations
A vocal workshop led by Justin Grize

2pm to 3pm House of the Setting Sun
A lecture & presentation led by Jack Walsh

3:15pm to 4.30pm  Excavating the Dark Web
A workshop, guided live tour & discussion on the dark web by Kris Lock & Jo Sweeney 

Excavating the Dark Web with Jo Sweeney and Kris Lock.

Night Programme // Video, Performance and Sound Art

Korallia Sterdiges, 3 mins, Video
 Girl walks home alone at nighttime..., Ruby Bateman, 3 mins, Sound piece
 Sweet Dreams, Dana Venezia, 6:12 min, Video
Open discussion with exhibiting artists  followed the pieces.

Achilles in the Forest of Gaia, Lou Lou Sainsbury, 2015, 9 mins, Video
SPIT, Holly Shoesmith, 10 mins, Sound performance
Pattern_Chaos, Karel Doing, 20 mins, Expanded cinema performance
Open discussion with exhibiting artists followed the pieces.

To Earth or Heaven: Life between deaths at Tarapith smashan, Bethany Crawford, 27 mins, Video
Dislocation: From Evia to Sussex, Jeph Vanger, 15 mins, Sound performance
Open discussion with exhibiting artists followed the pieces.

Synthetic Ecology (SE) is a free artist-run research platform devoted to screening artists’ moving image and developing collaborative & experimental learning spaces, founded in 2017 by Lou Lou Sainsbury.

Promotional material for Midnight Notes was illustrated & designed by George Harding.

Justin Grize’s vocal workshop Ensiferan Variations.

Karel Doing’s expanded cinema performance, Pattern_Chaos, 2017