DRIFT, an interdisciplinary platform of curated interactive events combining art with music, technology and performance takes over the Quays Theatre at The Lowry from 6pm on Sun 17 Nov, showcasing four brand new pieces of live work from Manchester artists, musicians and performers. DRIFT itself presents DEVICE X RITUAL, a performance incorporating dance, digital art and music developed by DRIFT founders Sean Clarke (from Manchester software meet-up Test Card) and Emmy Lahouel (dance theatre company Meraki Collective), with music by Shunya (Alan Keary). Artist Ruby-Ann Patterson presents ẹrọ ti alẹ (machine of the night), described as a ‘multidisciplinary monologue’ exploring how technology can create new rituals through spoken word, singing, music and digital visual poetry, drawing inspiration from afrofuturism. In performance, sculptor Simon Blackmore’s Parallel Voices features the voices of eight singers presented through a laptop to create a single piece of text reflecting on air, energy and technology. Meanwhile, K Craig offers a live audio-visual project entitled Thou Who Art Made So Rank and Beastly, Who Art Thou? which mixes the text of visionary writer Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium Is The Message (1967) with ideas from folklorist Robert Kirk’s The Secret Commonwealth (1815), to look at the idea of an ‘Occulated Other’. Tickets cost £10/£5 concession and the night will also feature a guest DJ and post-show discussion.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Sun 17 Nov, 6pm, The Lowry,
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3AZ
, Tel: 0343 208 6000, From £5
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Fri 8 Nov 2019