Lis Rhodes, "Light Reading", 1978
Taking the form of moving image work and rarely shown archival material, Slow Runner: Her Noise Archive II brings together new and existing content from the Her Noise Archive, circling, referencing, and extending links to Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz's new film To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation (2013) and pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros' eponymous 1970 score. During the 70s Oliveros' feminist philosophies of music not only radically challenged the patriarchal Western musical canon, but also the parallel 'women's music' of the feminist movement by interrogating the notion of the 'performer', the 'audience', and the very meanings and forms of music itself. These rich tensions are explored through a series of contemporaneous works on display from Barbara Hammer, Lis Rhodes, Robert Ashley and others, whilst a new series of posters by artist Emma Hedditch creates a spatial manifestation of fragments from these histories and the wider archive. As a closing event, a workshop by composer and writer Cathy Lane explores the medium of the performance score itself.
This display of works is accompanied by a selection from the Her Noise Archive, a multi-annual research project and study collection which includes records, CDs, tapes, moving images, books, catalogues, magazines, fanzines and exclusive interview material by artists who work with sound and experimental music such as Kim Gordon, Christina Kubisch, and Kevin Blechdom.The Her Noise Archive was initiated by Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hilde Neset, who curated "Her Noise"at the South London Gallery in 2005 and founded Electra in 2003. Following this initial exhibition the Her Noise Archive has toured internationally and was hosted by the Badischer Kunstverein in the context of the group exhibition "Pop! goes the weasel" (2008). Since then, the Her Noise Archive has expanded its focus into various research projects, and online at hernoise.org.
The archive - accessible for the public at CRiSAP, London College of Communication - is a physical manifestation of the desire to draw lines of affinity between different moments of the avant-garde, from the radical contemporary composition of Oliveros to No Wave, riot grrrl and other more contemporary experimentations in sound and feminism.
Curated by Fatima Hellberg and Irene Revell, Electra/London, in collaboration with CRiSAP, London College of Communication. Kindly supported by LUX/London. Electra is funded by Arts Council England.