25th September- 11th October
Ten Acres of Sound is a festival of noise, sound, sonic art, music, performance, whatever located within Stirchley, Birmingham. Artists were invited to make site responsive works to be exhibited throughout the area and performers asked to bring their work from all over into Stirchley as a series of gigs or street events.
It was initially intended to go ahead in April 2020 but had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Adapting to new conditions, it now takes the form of online, outdoor and postal events, with installations still in some venues in Stirchley.
While much of Stirchley is still closed and under partial lock-down the festival still consists of 6 site responsive works, ranging from soundwalks to megaphone installations; 9 online performances from Birmingham artists and beyond; 5 workshops, where residents of Stirchley or further afield can take part in group sound-making, try out different recording techniques or make their own instruments. Along-side this we have a radio hour to showcase the rich outputs of all the artists and musicians involve and featuring interviews with them all and a special edition of our local quiz based entirely on noise.
Ten Acres of Sound was devised by Artefact Projects, a co-operative artspace on the high street of Stirchley, and aimed at aligning concerns around gentrification, locality, climate justice and social relations. The work actually presented in this new re-worked festival has a more or less oblique or implicit relationship to these concerns. The aim of this website is to present as much as possible of what was originally intended for the festival in its transfigured, documented and digitised format.
Ten Acres of Sound live stream!
Here we will be live streaming all of our concerts and performances throughout the Ten Acres of Sound Festival period.
Upcoming Live Streamed Gig:
Laura Netz/ Yifeat/ Katie Fiore/ Squeal & Scrape
Saturday 3rd October, 7.30pm
Laura Netz is a curator, artist, and researcher. Currently, she is an MPhil student at CRiSAP – UAL, where studies the new tendencies in curatorial practices in sonic arts. She is well-known in
London noise scene where she performs under the moniker Laura Netz / Medial Ages. Nowadays,
she is promoting the series Sonic Electronics taking place in London, various venues.
Yifeat Ziv is a vocalist, a composer, a free improviser and a sound artist.
She combines voice, electronics, field recordings and text to create interdisciplinary sound works that derive from her research of the human voice, technology, acoustic ecology and listening practices. In her performances and installations, she aspires to create situations where an active listening experience can emerge; an invitation to critically engage with sound.
A multidisciplinary artist... interested in the affect of our lived environments, architecture & landscapes & the politics of mental health--... in systems of time & power - ... in feminist/queer temporalities, in collective joy & agitation.
SQUEAL & SCRAPE
The result of postal workshop participants playing their newly made noise machines with musician and electronic music builder Barry Cullane. Edited together into a DIY noise party.
It's time once again for THE ARTEFACT QUIZ... and this time it's a Ten Acres of Sound Special!!!!
Expect our usual brand of astoundingly trivial questioning with a sonic twist!
Love a pub quiz? Then grab your members and get yourselves online to this unbelievably thrilling edition of the artefact quiz, as ever hosted by quizmaster extraordinaire and all-round dream boat, Sebastiaan Ros!
The quiz starts at 8 and finishes at 10!
Link to the online quiz here... https://www.twitch.tv/quizzedbyseb
Artefact has big plans for the future!
Artefact is just one of a host of cooperative organisations in Stirchley. Together we make Stirchley Cooperative Development.
Together we are planning to build a brand new sustainable co-op development made up of all of Stirchley's workers and housing
If you'd like to support Stirchley's rich heritage of co-operatives and would like to help secure its future - then check out our new development project here!
Stirchley Co-operative Development (SCD) is a group of local people in housing and worker co-operatives who are building an affordable and eco-friendly residential and retail premises in the heart of Stirchley. We plan to develop land on Pershore Road to house three local businesses along with 45 apartments.
Can Artefact help deliver your workshop, research project or community event?