The Eighth Automobile
ABOUT THE WORK
In the live durational sound performance Automobile, the artist and composer Joe Namy plugs into London’s custom-designed car stereo subculture, inviting local car owners and their souped up systems to a rooftop car park congregation for Art Night 2019. These super-charged sound systems will be linked together to create an immersive, synchronised, surround sound environment, playing a live 8-channel mix of field recordings collected and composed by the artist, and other soundscapes from guest sound artists, pushing these sound systems to their limits.
The performance is family friendly and invites the audience to experience the unique sound systems both inside and outside of the cars, encouraging different music cultures and communities to come together. Automobile has been reconstructed within the local cultural context of various Arab and Western cities. In each city, Namy researches differences in custom-designed car stereos, music, and locations where they are showcased- all taking place within these subwoofer subcultures. Walthamstow’s unique and important role in London’s pirate radio history will also be mixed into the car radios and celebrated. Art Night will be the London premiere of this performance.
Automobile’s scenography will also be accompanied by visual accents – banners, flags, and wings — flying from the car park out into the streets of Walthamstow Market.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Artist and composer Joe Namy addresses questions of identity, memory and power most specifically in relation to sound, music, popular culture and collaboration. His projects have explored the gender dynamics of bass, the colour and tone of military programmes and the migration of musical instruments.