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Unknown Devices at Sound & Cinema Launch Night

22nd January 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sound & Cinema: Past, Present & Future’ is an exhibition and events programme spanning film, VR, games, TV and sound celebrating 125 years of diversity and creativity within London College of Communication.

The Launch Night will include a performance from Unknown Devices, featuring a live improvised orchestra, plus a fusion of live animation to a spontaneous score from Points of Entelechy followed by a Q&A.

Guests will also be able to enjoy a drink and explore the content of the exhibition.

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Unknown Devices: a live improvised orchestra celebrating 125 years of LCC

Upper Gallery

Unknown Devices grew from the improvisation classes led by musician, professor and author David Toop within the Sound Art & Design department at London College of Communication between 2005 and 2019.

When opportunities to perform publicly arose, in venues such as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, South London Gallery, the Barbican and the Whitechapel Gallery, the group would consist of existing undergraduate and postgraduate students from LCC along with alumni and guests.

Over the years the size and instrumentation of Unknown Devices has varied dramatically – sometimes over 20 participants using laptop computers, circuit bent electronics, turntables, power drills, Gameboys, homemade percussion and performance art practice alongside conventional instruments and voices – exploring the dynamics, technical and interpersonal demands of group improvisation, particularly in large, mixed-ability ensembles.


Points of Entelechy: a fusion of live animation to a spontaneous score

Lecture Theatre A
(please note that places for this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis).


Points of Entelechy (P.O.E.) is loop-based, fully improvised audio-visual performance project by Lutfi Othman (audio) and Mario Radev (visual) where the artists create spontaneous sonic and visual worlds through the act of live looping.

Each performance has as its output a sound recording and final drawing, but the purpose of this project is to put emphasis on the artistic process. This is based on the idea that witnessing the improvisation process relays more about the dynamism of sonic and visual material – their relationship, and our habits of perceiving them.

Through the use of loops, the repetitiveness of the sound and animated elements creates an immersive experience where the viewer can form momentary relationships between what they see and hear, whilst traversing into an aesthetically induced liminal space where transformation can occur.

Othman and Radev are graduates from BA (Hons) Sound Arts and BA (Hons) Animation at London College of Communication, where they met through collaborative practice. This project has been presented in galleries, performance spaces, academic and festival settings, with each space adding its own character to each performance by imposing new limitations or possibilities.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A, chaired by Susi Wilkinson, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Animation at London College of Communication.


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22nd January 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


London College of Communication
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