Islington Mill - Jan/Feb 2013

A whole host of goings on at Islington Mill this winter.

By Matthew Tyas | January 22nd '13

3 is the magic number and never more so than in this season. Past, Present, Future. Islington Mill welcomes back old favourites in the forms of CHERYL, Sounds From The Other City, Marcellus Pittman and curators Gass and Jeni, Islington Mill works with new faces such as Gesamkunstwerk and constantly create in the present moment as we host 3 residencies over the space of 6 weeks.

Expect light and sound explosions on the 5th floor, wars in the club space, post apocalyptic fantasy parades, post industrial sounds and no event to leave you on the outside as every experience aims to be an immersive one.

Islington mill gate sign

Rule Of 3
Rule of Three is initiated and managed by independent curators Jeni Holt Wright and Gass Pendergast who last year bought you the hugely successful exhibition Dynamic Death Party. Focused around three clusters of activity at Islington Mill this project draws together academic, anecdotal and artistic responses to the nature of contemporary art practice. Leading to a public Internet resource which will contain multi-media feedback from emerging artists and curators, arts professionals and members of the public.

As well as showcasing emerging creative talent at Islington Mill, Rule of 3 hopes to address artistic education, professional development and funding issues, by bringing creative minds together to discuss the increasingly uncertain future of arts practice.

Thursday 24th January : 6pm : FREE
Rule of 3 launch
The first event explodes with light and sound artist Joanne McClung performing on our haunting 5th floor attic space, live music and film merging in the club space at the one year celebration of Manchester’s film and music night Video Jam, an interactive piece by illustrative artist Stephen Nuttall in collaboration with Trifecta Films and an open studio of artist-in-residence Rachel Pursglove who will open unexpected doors into our imagination through a plethora of mixed media. This event is The Art Guide’s ‘Event of the Month.’ Also see Manchester Wire’s previewfor the event. Be sure to get there early to get a good seat!

Thursday 24th January : 7.30pm : FREE
Video Jam
An experiment in sound and moving image, Video Jam debuts at Islington Mill in celebration of their first birthday. Inspired by the traditional use of live accompaniment to silent film they have curated an assembly of original pieces, staging an eclectic array of musicians, sound artists and performers each responding to submissions by local filmmakers. Following a theatre format with a narrator, a programme and an interval this evening aims to engage, inspire and experiment.

Friday 25th January : 11pm until we Die : £5adv/£6 otd
CHERYL present The Cheryls
Our favourite New York Dance Party outfit return after their month long residency back in May and this time it is personal. Usually gangs don’t fly across the ocean or strategically book nightclubs as arenas for confronting their rivals. But CHERYL is no ordinary gang they are preparing for a massive disco KERFUFFLE with you and your crew so come with your posse. Roll deep. And be prepared to fight to the death with your most insane moves until no one is left standing on the dance floor.

Saturday 26th January : 7.30pm until 2am : £4adv/£6 otd
Sounds From The Other City presents
By changing your situation & your vantage point performance art collective, Topical Jungle and the post-apocalyptic ways of Kazimer’s homegrown live band, Dogshow will take you into another dimension as you experience this event which aims to immerse both artists and audience to enter into the same submersive experience. This will be a gig, this will be a party, this will be Sounds From the Other City in one building.

Saturday 2nd February : 10pm until 6am : £10adv
Bohemian Grove presents Marcellus Pittman
Having partied with us back in the summer of 2011 for what was one of Bohemian Grove’s wildest do’s, the Motor-City, Detriot wizard returns. In BG we trust

Thursday 7th February : 7pm : FREE
Talking About Talking
Open Studio of visual artist Jane Lawson followed by official aftershow party for Castlefield Gallery’s launch pad exhibition ‘First…Next…Then…Finally…’ by Maurice Carlin.

Friday 8th February : 5pm : FREE
‘What’s next for artist led projects?’
Taking inspiration from the structural implications of a ‘seminar turned on its head’ Lionel Dobie host the second ‘Chatch Up’ series here at the Mill entitled ‘What’s next for artist led projects?’ Followed by guest speaker talk in collaboration with University of Salford with artist and lecturer Edgar Schmitz (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Friday 8th February : 10pm until 4am : £5adv/ £7otd
Gesampkunstwerk
Brought to us by the minds behind GNOD and Burnt Offerings this event aims to bring a new kind of electronic night to the North West with the focus on sonic exploration with music from the experimental, bleeding edges of today’s diverse and genredefying scene. There will be a focus on the whole aesthetic of the night, using the work of artists, film-makers and others to enhance the atmosphere, making it a unique mulitsensory experience. Featuring performances from Basic House (Opal Tapes), GNOD & Vulj

Thursday 21st February : 6pm : FREE
It Will Happen Again: has everything been done before
Open Studio of visual artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce, interested in moments of ‘encounter’ with a place, an object or narrative, Hannah will explore experiences of time and the creation of space. The evening will culminate in artist video screenings and a special performance by Mill tenants Volkov Commanders in the club space.

Friday 22nd : 8pm until 8am : £5adv/ £6otd
Teen Sleepover
12 hour Movie Marathon of some of the best slumber party classics, Clueless, Mean Girls, Heathers, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Cruel Intentions and the Craft. Plus games such as lifesize twister, pillow fights, face masks and as much Pizza and popcorn you can stomach. Grab your BFF and get down here with your pyjamas.

27th February : 8pm : FREE
UR performance : Purple
The experimental art/performance collective return to bring another evening centered around celebration of colour. This month sees the challenge of Purple.

Islington Mill
James Street
Salford M3 5HW