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The Ungoverned: CRYSTALLMESS

We're very excited to share the first mix in our Wysing Polyphonic: The Ungoverned mix series by CRYSTALLMESS.

This year, Wysing Arts Centre have invited A---Z (Anne Duffau) to curate the eleventh edition of the festival, which is being hosted online.

For the first part of The Ungoverned, five international musicians have created mixes and soundscapes experimenting between sound, music and spoken word and responding to the idea of being ungovernable and defying norms. These recordings present collective minds exploring a positive present and rewriting the past.

The Ungoverned looks at how we can deconstruct normativity through collaboration, exchange, texts, ephemeral gestures and other languages. This year’s programme emphasises the importance of difference and diverse ways of communicating: the morphing of words to choreographies, soundscapes, dialects and voices.

The festival’s second part will be presented on the 5th of September as a special live broadcast of readings from three international artists, writers, and poets (Whiskey Chow, Tanaka Fuego and Rachel Long), which will be followed by a newly commissioned performance from choreographer and dancer Maëva Berthelot and musician Coby Sey.

Find out more about the festival here.

CRYSTALMESS' mix INTROLUDO INFERNO “is built around interludes and intros - sonic interstices that often allow musicians to be their most vulnerable and reveal the psyche behind their project.” Read an exclusive interview with CRYSTALLMESS in TANK Magazine to find our more about her mix here.

Christelle Oyiri aka CRYSTALLMESS is a Paris-based multidisciplinary artist. She also goes by the moniker CRYSTALLMESS when she operates as a composer and DJ and released music on experimental electronic music labels such as PAN or Country Music in 2019, and self-released her EP Mere Noises in 2018.

Her work highlights the intersection between forgotten mythologies, memory and alienation. Whether she explores black french music erasure with her film and performance Collective Amnesia : In Memory of Logobi (2018), reflects on the idea of progress and linearity of time with Necessary Evil (2019) or dives into her own family history and indulges in sonic hauntology with Kiss & Tell (2020), music always occupies a place of choice in her work. During a residency at Wysing in August 2020 she will be working on her new sonic piece Poison Paradise 0, demystifying the supposed heavenly nature of the French Caribbean life.

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