10-12 AUGUST 2012
Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford,
Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN
SUPERNORMAL is a festival like no other, blurring the boundaries between contemporary art and live music, performer and audience in the idyllic surroundings of Braziers Park, Oxfordshire with its 17th century mansion, and its countercultural links spanning decades – from John Latham and R.D. Laing to Marianne Faithfull (and Mick Jagger).
A development from the 15-year-long Braziers International Artists’ Workshop, and now in its third year, SUPERNORMAL hugely expands its component of contemporary visual art. Alongside independent galleries and artist-run spaces more than 50 individual artists have been invited to create work during the festival, some of it constructed on site with direct audience involvement. At SUPERNORMAL 'Experiment' is not a dirty word and the avant-garde is for everyone.
This year's SUPERNORMAL welcomes Brighton-based underground legends Tatty Seaside Town and UK-wide experimentalists Bang The Bore as guest musical curators, and they’ve excelled themselves in assembling a diverse and invigorating selection of cult curiosities and boundary-breaking iconoclasts, from Warp Records’ electronic pioneers Seefeel to the Dutch psych leviathans Silvester Anfang II and British drone-rock veterans The Telescopes to acoustic and folk-based acts like Caroline Weeks and The Mary Hampton Cotillion, and way beyond into the outermost reaches of innovation and experimentation.
SUPERNORMAL is an intimate event for an audience of five hundred, a non-profit event entirely organised and curated by a small network of artists and musicians who share its aims and ethos. The event takes place on an eco-site with fresh running water, eco toilets and hot outdoor showers with a wooded camping area.
A world away from the financially motivated and nondescript British festival circuit, SUPERNORMAL replaces its humdrum played-out atmosphere with a true sense of adventure; a unique experience somewhere between an early 70s Glastonbury and an eccentric village fete.
In short, SUPERNORMAL is the alternative’s alternative.
As The Wire magazine had it ‘An entirely positive and rare experience, and a world away from corporate involvement of any kind, Supernormal is a genuine temporary autonomous zone’.
After the Rain/ANTA/Barnabas Yianni/Bilge Pump/Black Octagon/Black Tempest (Space Opera)/Bleeding Heart Narrative/ Blurt/ Bolide Awkwardstra/Bugbrand/Caroline Weeks/Cold Pumas /Costa & Nero/ CoverGirl/Daniel Alexander Hignell DOGEESEEGOD/Dr Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8/Embla Quickbeam/Fairhorns/Fat Bicth/Gary Goodman + Nick Hudson/Gigantes/ Ginko/ Hamilton Yarns/Hey Colossus/Hexenvurfolgung/James Blackshaw/Joeyfat/JonWood/ Kogumaza/La La Vasquez/Lonesome Cowboys From Hell/Mary Hampton Cotillion/ The Murder Act/ Nil/One Unique Signal/ Patrick Fitzgerald/Plurals/Purson/ Queer’d Science/ Ragnaarok/ Ramesses/ Sauna Youth/Seefeel/Scotch Bonnet/Shudder Pulps/Sly and the Family Drone/Sticks/Stig Noise/Sweet Williams/Sylvester Anfang II/Team Sports/Thee Bald Knobbers/ The Black Neck Band of the Common Loon/The Cosmic Dead/The Family Elan/The Pheromoans/The Telescopes/The Wandering Hand Society/Trojan Horse/Twenty One Crows/Undersmile/ Woolf/Workin Man Noise Unit/You're Smiling Now But We'll All turn into DEMONS/Zero Map
Aditi Kulkarni (India)/ Bermuda Triangle Test Transmission / Boyle and Shaw / Brian Duggan / Bristol Diving School / Campbell Works / Charlie Murphy / Chooc Ly Tan/ Claire Kennedy / Coffee and Sponge/ Cool Diabang(Senegal) / Cult of Flat Souflee/ Delahante Matienzo (Cuba)/ Emergent Behaviour / Fiona MacDonald & John Holland/ Gaynor O’Brien / Gert-Rude / Holly Slingsby/ Jarek Hubloj (Poland) / Jerrica/ John Hughes/ Juan Pablo Echiverri (Columbia) / Kay Walsh/ Lee Campbell/ Lina Hakim (Lebanon)/ Live Timeline Actions /Oo Mysteroons / Museum of Received Ideas/ Ortelius Drew/ Ralph Dorey and Lyndsey Officer / Richard Annely/ Ryan Hughes / Sarah Jane Norman / Secret AV / Society is Possible / Structures & Spaces / Spike McGarrity/ Susana Pilar/ Tim Ridley /Tom Woolner / Various Artist /Will Cruickshank
ARTISTS FILMS include:
Brian Duggan/Chooc Ly Tan/Juan Gabriel Guittirez/Kisito Assangni/Louise Colborne/Samar/Little Matey; Supernormal 2011 Documentary/Jerrica/Let Me Feel Your Finger First/ Laure Provost/Mordant Music/ Katy Dove/ Vicki Thornton/Ian Helliwell/ Shelley Parker/Jeff Keen/Matt Hulse/ David Blandy/Tracey Emin/ Daniel Devlin/ Keran James
We are giving away a pair of weekend tickets to Supernormal (worth £130!)! This competition has ended.
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Posted: Thursday, 05 July 2012