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Jem Finer @ Mezz

For our next Mezz event it is Jem Finer. I am really looking forward to this one, as I have liked his work for some years now. From “At time of writing this, Jem Finer’s Longplayer has been running for 11 years, 306 days, 3 hours, 36 minutes and 2 seconds. Designed to continue for a 1,000 years, Longplayer brings together Finer’s interest in technological systems and time, pushing the limits of what might be possible when setting yourself the task of composing a piece of music that will never repeat itself over such a long time frame. But all these numbers overlook the simple beauty of the composition itself. Trained in computer science, a founder member of the Pogues, and more recently winner of the prestigious PRS Foundation New Music Award for hisScore for a Hole in the Ground, Finer’s ambitious artworks oscillate between the lure of technology and the physicality of the natural world: the sounds produced by Score… (pictured above) depending solely upon the play of water on metal underground which is then amplified by a large horn extending up into the surrounding King’s Wood in Kent. His most recent piece, Spiegelei which was recently sited at Compton Verney, continues his interest in technology, revisiting and updating the camera obscura. For Mezz#15 Jem will be talking about these and other projects, the order and direction of the evening being determined by the audience. This promises to be a wide ranging and fascinating encounter.” 7.30pm / Wed  7  Dec 2011 / SVA/ £4.50  (note: it is Wednesday this time, not our usual Thursday)

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