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Light Begets Sound, Sally Golding (and featured image on main page)

25 NOVEMBER 2018
ARCO BARCO, 29 Military Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 9LG
7-9pm (incl Q&A with Sally and Dan)
£6.50 (book in advance, see below)

Sally Golding
Andrew Kötting
Dan Scott & Members of Athelstan Sound

For this programme we are dispensing with the primacy of the projected image instead foregrounding sound and image experiments at the edge of artists’ experimental film, expanded cinema and sound art.  
The works range from Dan Scotts interest in listening as performance and the multiple ways of listening that exist in contemporary sound art; Sally Golding’s harnessing of light frequencies from amongst other things strobe lights, film projectors and camera flashes creating discordant sonics and harsh lighting, to field recordings of Andrew Kottings Dadaesque performances through the British landscape with tracks from Visionary Seascapes (re-mixed from Jem Finer's music for Swandown) and Edith Field Recordings (part of the Edith project), presented here in a dark space.

These artists are pushing the boundaries with sound image relationships putting the listener/viewer at the centre of the experience.

£6.50 (includes 50p online booking fee)
Due to the nature of the space please book tickets in advance here
Cancellation up to one day before the event, full refund.


  • There will be loud sound and stroboscopic effects at this event.
  • Arco Barco is located within a 2nd floor maritime arch and the only access is via a steep external staircase. Sincere apologies for the restricted access to this event. 




Sally Golding is a British-Australian artist combining lighting and sonic composition to create immersive audiovisual performances, sound art releases and participatory installations which push the boundaries of visual and auditory perception through the breakdown of technological systems into flicker, waveforms and colour fields. Golding blends discordant sonics and harsh lighting through innovative ‘darkroom compositions’ reminiscent of tape cut-ups created by reworking the optical soundtrack area of the industrial film-sound-system as a site for psychoacoustic radio play; inscribing recordings with the sound of the substrate as lathe cut objects; and live interference and generative feedback systems using amplified lighting and light sensitive audio including instrumentation with LDR sensors, repurposed camera flash units and PA shattering laboratory strobe lights. Known internationally for her expanded cinema performances Golding’s live sets are edgy and intense, driven by a minimalist approach to horror and noise aesthetics. Cacophonic in form and content, Golding’s performances transcend chaos and enter a hypnotic zone invading the physical performance space to inhabit happening, chance and chaos. Golding received an Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies.

Through the curatorial outlets of Unconscious Archives (London) and OtherFilm (Australia), Golding presents artists at the forefront of experimentation exploring materiality and embodied liveness across sound art and electronic music, experimental media and audiovisual art.

Golding has presented across the UK, North and Central America, Europe and Australasia including at Tate Britain; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; Sound of Stockholm; South London Gallery; Digital Culture Centre, Mexico City; Fylkingen, Stockholm; Contemporary Art Tasmania; Institute of Modern Art, Australia; San Francisco Cinematheque; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CAM2), Madrid; Edinburgh International Film Festival; Cable Festival, Nantes; Cafe OTO, London; Whitstable Biennale, UK; Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania; Audiograft, Oxford; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Supernormal Festival, UK; BEAM Festival, UK; Kraak, Belgium; Experimenta, India; Colour Out of Space, Brighton; SONICA, Slovenia; Abandon Normal Devices, Manchester; Open Frame, Brisbane; Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Now Now Festival of Spontaneous Music, Sydney; and Transacoustic, Auckland.

“The British born, London based Australian artist has created dozens of installations and performances in recent years, straddling lines between expanded cinema and sound art. She ceremonially piles dizzying sensations onto audiences, from the trembling light of multiple projectors to the serrated noise pulsations of the scores”. – Tristan Bath (The Wire)


Andrew Kötting was born in Elmstead Woods in 1959. After some early forays into market trading and scrap-metal dealing he travelled to Scandinavia to become a Lumberjack. He returned home in the 80’s to study for a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and then graduated with a Masters Degree from The Slade, University College, London. He currently lives and works between Hastings in England and Fougax-et-Barrineuf in the forests of the French Pyrenees. He teaches part-time at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury where he is Professor of Time Based Media.

He has made numerous experimental short films, which were awarded prizes at several international film festivals. Gallivant (1996), was his first feature film, a road movie about his three-month journey around the coast of Britain, with his grandmother Gladys and his daughter Eden, which won the Channel 4 Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival for Best Director and the Golden Ribbon Award in Rimini (Italy). The film went on in 2011 to be voted number 49 as Best British Film of all time by the UK publication Time Out.

In 2001 he directed the first of his Landworks Trilogy; This Filthy Earth, which was commissioned through Film4, British Screen and The Film Council and in 2009 he made the second part, Ivul, a French/Swiss co-production. Both films were released theatrically throughout the UK and France. Lek and the Dogs, the third and final part, is currently in development with the BFI.

In 2011 he produced This Our Still Life, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was acquired by the BFI for distribution in the UK and Ireland and by ED Distribution in France.

Since 1982, as well as performances, installations and publications, he has made over one hundred film and video works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded prizes at many international film festivals.

In addition to his multimedia art project, performance, installation and bookwork; Swandown, he also created in collaboration with the writer Iain Sinclair a body of work entitled By Our Selves. The film premiered at FID in Marseille and was distributed to critical acclaim throughout the UK by Soda Pictures.

In the UK he has had retrospectives of his work at Tate Britain, ICA and the NFT and in Europe at Oberhausen, Osnabruck, Hamburg, La Rochelle, Rotterdam, Paris and Cork.

2016 saw a 6 week retrospective of his films at Cinema Nova in Brussels, the release of two short animated films in collaboration with his daughter Eden and a multi media arts project Edith made with Iain Sinclair, Jem Finer, Claudia Barton, David Aylward and Anonymous Bosch.

"Andrew Kötting is one of Britain’s most intriguing artists, and perhaps the only film-maker currently practising who could be said to have taken to heart the spirit of visionary curiosity and hybrid creativity exemplified by the late Derek Jarman. His twenty year oeuvre to date has moved from early live-art inflected, often absurdist pieces, through darkly comic shorts teasing out the melancholy surrealism at the heart of contemporary Englishness to seven resolutely independent feature films that take landscape and journeys as the springboards for visually striking and structurally inventive enquiries into identity, belonging, history and notions of community. It is his openness and outlaw intelligence and compelling wit that marks out his work as both vital and important." Gareth Evans, Curator, Whitechapel.


Based in Margate, Dan's work incorporates installation, performance, sound and text and explores the politics and poetics of listening. Dan works as a visiting lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he tutors in sound and has recently completed in a practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts, London, on the subject of listening practices within contemporary art.

Dan has carried out projects internationally including recent projects Liberation Through Hearing at the Gilbert Scott phone box in Piccadilly, Yesterday at Harewood House in Yorkshire, The Palace of Green Porcelain at Breese Little Gallery in London, On The Sonority of Clay at the Soundfjord Gallery in London and Advantageous Recordings at the De La Warr Pavilion. Dan also co-devised the Sonic Trails series at Tate Modern with Tate Families.

Dan convenes Athelstan Sound a monthly sound workshop in Margate.


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