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August 2, 2023 9:00 pm

FCK82 (FKA The Ensemble Whose Name is Uhhhhhmm… [FKA Lil’ Jürg Frey]) makes their first IRL appearance EVER with a screening of a 45-minute-long set created originally for the SPIEL! Games as Critical Practice conference held in Basel, Switzerland earlier this year. Accompanying this will be a selection of films and videos related to ideas in the work of the ensemble such as the relationship between image and sound, performance with everyday materials, and games/rules, including Minjung Kim’s (100ft) and Footage, Francesco Gagliardi’s some cities, Yishi Chen’s Tools II, and Jianyuan Ding’s video performance of Mieko Shiomi’s Wind Piece. Dicky Bahto will also screen a 16mm print of his film Red Carpet in C, which includes documentation of an installation by Yunhee Min and Peter Tolkin along with two musical performances that occurred under the work: one of a piece composed by Pluto Bell, the other a collaborative improvisation between Suzie Kozawa and Angela Francis Wilson.

An experimental music ensemble that exists partially within Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Ensemble Whose Name is Uhhhhhmm… (Spelled with Five H’s and Two M’s) is Dicky Bahto, Pluto Bell, Morgan Gerstmar, and Stephanie Cheng Smith.

“Really strange, quotidian, domestic, experimental music which is really compelling … it’s almost like various people walking into a room together and rattling the things around them, that’s what it kind of sounds like. But that’s the basis of experimental music isn’t it, in the John Cagean way, so why not do it in Animal Crossing as well? ” – Fielding Hope of Cafe Oto, London.

“I was watching it with my 11 year old, who was just fascinated” – Verity Sharp, BBC3

“…while the game’s cute graphics and the performances’ overall premise may feel gimmicky at first, the meticulous consideration for rhythm, sonic qualities and spirited experimentation are undeniable upon viewing and very much in the lineage of Fluxus … what they accomplish here feels surprising, enthralling and nothing short of singular.” – Joshua Minsoo Kim, The Wire

This event is presented as part of the Wednesday Night Summer Screening Series.