Anne Gillis and Vicky Langan, Cafe OTO, London


First ever London show for legendary French visual artist, composer and performer, Anne Gillis, presenting her new piece, Psaoarhtelle. Created in April this year at the Kid Ailack Art Hall in Tokyo, Psaoarhtelle is a new performance for “pleated membranes, frictions of air, shade and thrown shadows”.

Anne Gillis has dedicated a wide part of her work – plastic and sound – to curves, volutes, roundnesses, undulations, rolling-ups, and rotations, as for example in her Zophrétasthaperformance for wheelchair.

Psaoarhtelle is a new variation for roundings; intimist, strange and familiar at the same time. Gillis explores the circular friction of the ambient air; the curves there bruissantes of auspicious signs, the sound roundnesses of projected shadows through their materials, and many other processes.

“This is dense and detailed work, ripe with ancient dreams, bodily functions, darkness, secrets, and beautiful seclusion, resulting in an intricate and introverted moire of modular synth pulses woven with cut-up tecniques and voice manipulation.” – Soundohm on ‘Archives Box 1983-2005’


Irish artist Vicky Langan will DJ. Mysterious fragments, textural soundings.

“Through her solo work as Wölflinge, Irish artist Vicky Langan has gained a reputation for raw and intense performances that are as likely to leave audiences feeling deeply unsettled as profoundly moved. Langan both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate physical theatre loaded with personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. With a focus on the sounds of the body and its functions, involving contact-miked skin, amplified breath and live electronic manipulation, Langan’s work sits between sound and performance art.” – Daniel Spicer, The Wire magazine

Vicky Langan's vulnerable, emotionally charged performances envelop audiences in an often troublingly intense aura of dark intimacy. In opening herself emotionally, she creates warm yet discomforting rituals that at once embrace the viewers and remain resolutely private, exploring the limits of what can be shared between people and what must remain mysterious. Her performance practice operates across several often overlapping fields, chiefly performance, sound, and film.