Kaffe Matthews to perform Love Sharks at Hack the Marine

For this edition of  Hack the City, we are again working closely with Alex McLean to continue the Inhabiting the Hack artist+coder experiment we did with Kairotic at the Culture & Heritage edition.

Kaffe MatthewsAs well as a  strong creative presence during the Data Dive and Main Hack, we’re very excited that Alex has been able to reach into his network to invite sound artist Kaffe Matthews (@kaffematthews)  to augment the event with a fascinating lunchtime talk and evening performance to inspire and celebrate both participants at Hack the Marine, and the wider public.

The talk takes place at the Sheffield Methods Institute from 1pm – 2pm on Friday 15 January 2016. Sign up for free via the main event registration page.

From tracing the journies of wild salmon up the river Tyne, hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos archipelago and the rise and fall of the Grand Union Canal as she walked it’s 80 miles from London to Milton Keynes, awarded sound artist/composer Kaffe Matthews will present and discuss the musical ideas she realised as songs, immersive installation and a work for 3 sonic beds through sonifying the data she gathered and more during these experiments.

Kaffe’s performance of Love Sharks then follows from 7:30pm on Saturday 16 January 2016 at Access Space in Sheffield. Tell us that you’re coming via the event page on Facebook.

Sharks are older than dinosaurs. They have evolved with the planet developing extraordinary perceptive mechanisms, and have learnt to navigate in straight lines by tracing the shifts in the earth’s magnetic crust at depths as great as 400m. They are still considered violent aggressors and continue to be slaughtered in vast numbers just for their fins to make soup. The truth is that a shark has to be one of the most sophisticated and beautiful of animals.

Love Shark is a new four channel solo by Kaffe Matthews in which she duets with 6 oscillators driven by 6 hammerhead sharks whose journeys were recorded north of Wolf Island, Galapagos April 2009. Matthews dived with, recorded underwater and filmed hammerheads whilst on a month’s residency on the Galapagos islands 2009. She later worked with shark scientists who gave her this shark hunting journey data. Her 3D sound installation, You might come out of the water every time singing has shown in Liverpool, Edinburgh, Lisbon and the St Pieters Caves, Maastricht.

Love Sharks

Also joining the quadrophonic show will be Shelly Knotts, Holger Ballweg and resident Yaxu.

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