Thursday June 5th, 2014

Sim Gishel — TORQUE

Sim Gishel @ RichMix London
Twisting – Language, Brain, Technology 

The culmination of a research project by artists Sam Skinner and Nathan Jones exploring the resonances and replications of language, brain and technology as systems. Featuring new commissions from a cohort of artists in performance and new media, exploring these themes for a live audience.

*Torque* investigates how language, technology and cognition are ‘twisting together’ in new and evermore complex forms. In particular, we are interested in the opportunities and challenges these forces of entanglement present, and how artists, theorists and scientists are navigating and resisting this hybrid system of brain, machine and culture.

The future of speech, language systems and techno-cognition combined as a one-off show for the theatre at Rich Mix.

This multimedia performance night features top practitioners from fields of poetry, live coding, dance, diy robotics, classical music, animation and theatre, entwined into a twisted symphony of voice, light, bodies and sound.


Oliver Coates
NEW COMMISSION comprising cello, electronics and field recordings, alongside ‘Oraison’ by Messiaen, one of the first compositions written for electronic instruments. Accompanied by newly commissioned video works by Sam Skinner.

Holly Pester
HANNAH WEINER’S CODE POEMS: a re-staging of Hannah Weiner’s 1960’s work, a poem/performance score using the coded signalling system for ships at sea.

Alex McLean & Kate Sicchio
SOUND CHOREOGRAPHER <> BODY CODE creates a feedback loop and conversation through code, music, choreography, and dance.

Karl Heinz Jeron
SIM GISHEL is a multi-media robot. He sings and dances for money, and tries hard to take part in casting shows to become a pop-star.

Nathan Jones & Mark Greenwood
THE NODES series of conversations as radical language events, proposing a future for speech beyond communication.

Torque [LIVE] is part of the Torque Programme, exploring the twisting together of language, brain and technology in the 21st century.

TORQUE is co-produced by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner and is supported by Arts Council England.