Off The Page Oslo 2015:
Sounding the Labyrinth
Starting with a remarkable homemade recording made by two drunken high school teachers over half a century ago, writer and broadcaster Ken Hollings looks at the developing relationship between music, writing and design in the digital age, with specific reference to the work of Richard Wagner, Ludwig II of Bavaria, John Cage, Les Baxter, Marshall McLuhan and Norbert Wiener. This talk will examine some of the themes developed in Hollings' latest book The Bright Labyrinth: Sex, Death and Design in the Digital Regime (Strange Attractor Press, 2014).
Ken Hollings is a writer based in London. His work draws freely upon trash culture, weird science, political intrigue and strange connections to reconfigure reality and demolish common assumptions. From digital imagery to occult symbolism, from flying saucers to the theatre of cruelty, his work embraces text, spoken word, music and multi-media performances to create ideas and images for the 21st century. His writing has appeared in a wide range of magazines and periodicals including The Wire, Sight & Sound and Frieze. Hollings is the author of Welcome to Mars: Fantasies of Science in the American Century, 1947-1959 (2008).
He has given lectures, readings and performances in clubs, cinemas and galleries and presented work on radio and television, both participating in documentaries and giving interviews. Ken Hollings also has worked as a consultant on Clive Barker’s A to Z of Horror for BBC2, The Devil’s Juke Box, on Satanic influences on Western Music, for ZTD and Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man Alive for Channel 4.