Costumes, Textiles, Music
Since emerging in the late 1970s as a key figure in Manchester's punk and post-punk scenes, Linder Sterling has transformed herself as an artist numerous times. From early photo-collages, such as her iconic cover for The Buzzcocks' "Orgasm Addict", via her role as singer in Ludus (where she performed in a meat dress before Lady Gaga could say gaga) to a series of epic and spectacular performance pieces, her visual art and mixed media work has synthesised feminist ideology and an irreverent aesthetic sensibility into a subversive critique of consumer society. Her recent solo retrospective at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris displayed an artist at the top of her career and at the top of her creativity. In the past year Linder has been a resident at Tate St Ives and The Hepworth Wakefield museum.
For this event, Linder talks to nyMusikk’s Artistic Director Anne Hilde Neset about the relationship of costume to sound and music in her visual and performance art, illustrating the discussion with audio and video clips.
The conversation is followed by a Live Jukebox with Rob Young. - An audio-illustrated lecture on the connections between textiles, costumes and philosophies of sound and performance.
Rob Young is a writer. His books include Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music (Faber and Faber), Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music (Continuum 2002), and a selection of newly commissioned pieces on a legendary musical genius, No Regrets: Writings On Scott Walker (Orion 2012). Young is contributing editor of The Wire and writes regularly for many publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian and Frieze.
The event is part of OCA's Fashion: the Fall of an Industry - a programme of lectures analysing the period of the 1970s in Norway, which saw a decline of employment in the textile industry.