Rosanne Robertson is:
An artist working with action, environment, video, image, text and sound.
An experimental sound/music maker.
Director and lead artist at The Penthouse- an artist led indeterminate place for experimentation.
Founder and Director of Manchester Artists Bonfire.
A member of band ILL
This is a place of miscellaneous nature and will act as an accompaniment to my live work and the activity that surrounds my practice .
My portfolio site is at www.rosannerobertson.com
Rosanne Robertson is:
Noise Above Noise 4
For the fourth Noise Above Noise we welcome Colin Webster & Graham Dunning who are currently on a tour which started at Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich. I first saw their saxophone and turntable/dubplates/walkmans/percussion duo at Graham’s live/work space in Dalston and I was hooked on the effective minimalism and simple mechanical noises as well as the handling of a turntable as an infinite source of tinkering sound making. This work opened my ears to leaving more room between sounds and allowing quietness as well as taking time over handling the objects or instruments used. I really look forward to seeing how their work together has progressed since I saw them- they have been very busy by the looks of it - having produced 2 albums and played a whole range of gigs. You can hear their first album here http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/estigate and you can buy both in physical form at Noise Above Noise.
We also welcome for the first time- Yeah Yeah Industrial- a new project by prolific electronic improvisers Ian Simpson (Noise Research) and Shaun Blezard (Hugs Bison). Ian Simpson was the first sound artist I was introduced to when I was part of my first collective/first made a sound- with WOMB. He was ultra supportive of our whole project and generally there to ask about all things sound. Both Shaun and Ian were part of the first sound event I curated- Attributed Sound- which was a project in which 10 artists responded to a visual artwork with their own sound interpretations which resulted in a download album and live event. I remember first hearing Ian Simpson in a duo called Fonik when I put them on at Islington Mill and having to lie down on the floor with the sound engineer- I’m always transported by his sounds. I look forward to hearing what YYI has in store for us.
Sophie Cooper will be returning after first playing a set at The Penthouse for a Tubers event last year. Sophie Cooper band was the highlight of the night for me- an insight into capabilities of the voice in experimental music- I was quite transfixed by her music and look forward to hearing more.
I am very happy to also have Kev Rolfe of Box Bedroom Rebels doing a DJ set - he will be playing some of his favourite experimental sounds- many of which he has been educating me about for the last couple of months during our studio meetups and conspiring. Kev’s enthusiasm for non traditional music, outsider artists and sound art is infectious and I’m very happy to have him part of Noise Above Noise.
And finally- me!
I will be producing a new work with some newly found metal which I am very excited about- I really like good metal! I am torn between a very minimal set up or reconstructing a new installation. I have been working with visual scores recently and building distinct groups and blocks of sound with little thought to musicality. I always decide what to do in the studio by being in the space in the week leading up to the event- so I will decide then what to use and how to use the space.
Constant Sleepless Night.
15- 17 May 7-11pm
15 May 7-11pm Special NQ After Dark Live Launch with sound and performance.
An evening exhibition and live soundtrack by artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp for Manchester After Hours/Northern Quarter After Dark- as part of Museums at Night: Culture24’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.
As the night rolls on Manchester After Hours becomes Northern Quarter After Dark. NQ After Dark is the city’s most creative quarter’s offering- in the form of a night time cultural mash-up. See the Creative Tourist full guide here http://www.creativetourist.com/articles/festivals-and-events/manchester/manchester-after-hours-full-event-listings/
Constant Sleepless Night opens on Thursday 15th May- the start of the festival- with a special live launch event including live sound making and performance as one of the many parts of this exploratory and responsive night time exhibition.
Please note sunset on 15 May is around 8.40pm.
An exhibition in and of the dark.
A curious sound.
This two person show by artists- and directors of The Penthouse - Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp takes hold of all the senses harnessing the heightened awareness of maneuvering darkness. Taking the unique situation of this top floor city centre studio and project space Robertson and Sharp will use the city at night to site responsively influence works using image, light and sound. As the night wares on the city changes and so the unique rooftop view changes and so the exhibition changes.
Debbie Sharp is an artist working with installation, image, text and live performance.
"Static Memory II, shows the artist partly surrounded by a wire mesh structure, sitting at a dimly lit desk and intoning a repetitive text that, combined with radio static and electronic effects, forms claustrophobic layers. Metal plaque making crops up in Sharp’s work over the years; she records and loops the sounds of tools on metal as she beats out the words she’s reciting. In the further enclosed space of the corridor, the effect is both intimate and sinister."- The Wire
Rosanne Robertson is an artist working with action, objects and sound with both live and installed works.
"For me Rosanne’s very much a ‘doodlebug’, that is to say, a provocateur who tirelessly works across all platforms, creating work by any medium necessary and who works beneath the skin," Doodlebug, Dazed and Confused.
An artist led work and project space with “an emphasis on the divergent” (The Skinny). Home to artists Rosanne Robertson, Debbie Sharp, many of their collaborators and Noise Above Noise- a sound art event which “elevates Manchester’s sonic underground to the fifth floor of a tower block” (The Wire).
Suitable for any age. Families welcome.
Admission: Suggested Donation £3
Access: 3 steps on ground floor of building, lift access, wheelchair access, wheelchair accessible bathroom.
Still from new a/v piece Do Not Hesitate to Touched
Video of Semi Automatic + Glove (Live) at Noise Above Noise 3, The Penthouse filmed by Sergio Volumen. (Excerpt, full performance 28mins).
Semi Automatic + Glove
Installation, video, pre recorded sound, action, live sound.
Live duration- 25 minutes
Objects- Sheet metal, boxing glove, hand held fan, hand held massager, scrap metal rings, sheet of glass, metal clips, guitar amp.
Video- 4mins looped played on memorex monitor.
Sound- recorded from 25 minute live performance and sound making and looped played through guitar amp.
Semi Automatic is a series of works dependant on varying stages of rehearsal, staging and improvisation.
We are looking for a team! See here for our call for assistants which offers cash and a free temporary studio/project space x
What? The Penthouse are looking for a new small team of assistants to help facilitate events such as Noise Above Noise and an occasional sound art cafe in our corridor project space.
Who? Those interested in artist led projects, new sound art, live art and relationships between art/music and DIY, feminist and Queer activity/events.
When? Our first event which needs assistance is Noise Above Noisehttp://thepenthousenq.com/post/76652601139/performance-series-noise-above-noise-elevates-Thursday 20th February with an introduction on Wednesday 19th at a time convenient to the applicant. Our next event after that which needs assistance is (RE) Making Peacehttp://thepenthousenq.com/post/76647381835/for-international-womens-day-explore-the-theme - a day of workshops and events for International Women’s Day at The Penthouse. Following that you will be asked to help approximately once a month for half a day or an evening.
£? We can cover a small fee to cover costs (which will increase for busy events- as we are dependant on door fees to cover costs of the event) and we can also offer free periods of studio and project space which can be arranged depending on your needs.
- A keen interest in live art and sound with a good knowledge of current UK arts/sound/music activity.
- A keen interest in the running and promoting of artist led DIY art spaces- some experience of facilitating artist led events is preferred but not essential.
- A welcoming friendly manner and the ability to communicate program information to visitors clearly with an energy that reflects our open and inclusive ethos.
- The ability to work independently and use initiative in busy environments with lots of things going on.
Email Rosanne and Debbie with a cover letter of up to 500 words including a brief history of any related activity and interests and why you would be interested in working with us as well as any initial plans for the aforementioned offer of temporary studio/project space. Also send a link to your website (if you have one) and a CV.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 2 March
(Please note we are accepting applications over the next few days for assistance with Noise Above Noise- this Thursday 20 Feb)
“Performance series Noise Above Noise elevates Manchester’s underground scene to the fifth floor of a tower block”- The Wire.
"A brilliantly curated and visually stunning night of sound art and performance"- Manchester Finest.
Tapping on the Window
Sound: Tapping on the window, hail on the window, piece of metal on window frame, clock chime on window. Recorded with contact mic and loop station.
Image: Rain on window
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