Artist Dialogues are a curated series of discussions, featuring artists Kathy Hinde, Ryoko Akama & Jin Sangtae and James Holcombe from this year’s festival programme. We’ll be looking upon kinetic sculpture to composition, improvisation to spatial intervention and materialism and beyond, picking between the nuances in what is explored and discovered. These dialogues take the form of a discussion and serve as an informal way for those interested in different aspects of the festival to listen to the artists open up, discuss their work and share thoughts on how and what they are making.

Artist Dialogues are curated by Ben Gwilliam.

THU 08 / FRI 09 SAT 10 / 2 -3 pm

FREE entry


14A Osney Ln, Oxford OX1 1NJ

Kathy Hinde in dialogue with Professor Paul Whitty

Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image light and location. Kathy frequently works in collaboration with other practitioners and scientists She has shown work extensively across Europe, China, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand. Kathy became a Cryptic associate in 2015. She received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in 2015, was runner up for the Sonic Arts Award and the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2014. In 2017, Kathy received an ORAM Award and a British Composer Award.

Kathy’s installation Twittering Machines is open to the public at OVADA until 18/03.

Ryoko Akama & Jin Sangtae in dialogue with Ben Gwilliam

Ryoko Akama is a sound artist / composer / performer, who approaches minimalistic compositions that magnify silence, time and space and offer quiet temporal/spatial experiences.Her works examine delicate and fragile objects such as paper balloons and glass bottles, creating tiny occurrences that embody ‘almost nothing’ aesthetics. Her performance and installation works are comprised of automated mundane objects and simple electronics in order to produce spontaneous vibration activities. She runs melange edition label, amespace and co-edits mumei publishing.

Born in 1975 in Seoul, Korea, Jin Sangtae performs with non-musical objects collected through his experience, projected into instruments, and then re-organised into the space. He uses hard drives and several materials that can be connected as a main instruments, and he also plays laptops, radios, car horns and electronics. He’s been uploading online his composition ‘Year’ via mobile phone everyday since 2015. He founded ‘dotolim’ (a small space for improvised music) and has been organising the ‘dotolim concert series’ since 2008 as well as the festival ‘dotolimpic’ in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

You can see Ryoko Akama and Jin Sangtae performing on Saturday evening at the Old Fire Station.

James Holcombe in dialogue with Ben Gwilliam

James Holcombe’s work combines a process based material engagement with photochemical film and the chance outcomes possible through expanded projection and improvisation across sound and image.

James Holcombe plays with Secluded Bronte on Saturday evening at the Old Fire Station.