“These days even reality has to look artificial.”
― J.G. Ballard, Kingdom Come
Making its debut at FutureEverything 2016, British artist Gazelle Twin presented Kingdom Come, a new audio visual performance in collaboration with Chris Turner and Tash Tung, which premiered at Manchester Art Gallery to a sold out audience.
Commissioned by FutureEverything, this conceptual performance for two vocalists is staged in six chapters, incorporating electronics, film, and a brand new soundtrack from Gazelle Twin, created from samples and live vocal manipulation. With the piece set on treadmills against a manic, illusory landscape, Kingdom Come places heightening physical demands on the performers, resulting in an exhausting, otherworldly climax.
Taking its title from J. G Ballard’s final novel, Kingdom Come will play with notions of feralness, displacement and the uncanny in the contemporary British, urban landscape.
Performers at FutureEverything 2016: Natalie Sharp & Stuart Lee
About the Artists
Gazelle Twin is the invention of UK performance artist, composer and producer Elizabeth Bernholz. Her high-concept works are often infused with dark imagery, challenging themes and a stark, unconventional performance style. Her most recent release – UNFLESH (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray/Last Gang Records, 2014) – was a visceral depiction of puberty and phobia, told through a spectrum of voices, from choral to spoken word, against distorted, unrelenting electronic pop, and was The Quietus’ Album of the Year 2014, and was included in the top albums of 2014 by The Guardian, Uncut, NPR, The New York Times and many more.
Chris Turner is a commercial music video and film director. He has worked with clients as diverse as Jaguar Adidas and Sony as well as as artists such as Jay-z and Scanner. Chris has collaborated extensively with Gazelle Twin in the past 18 months, creating the striking films for her AntiBody andExorcise tracks. His work has won both One Show Gold and D&AD awards.
Tash Tung is an up-and-coming music video director and photographer, having cut her teeth behind the scenes collaborating with Gazelle Twin and Chris Turner, as well as many other notable feature film and short-form directors. She studied at Chelsea College of Art and London College of Communication, exhibiting photographically under an alias at the Tate Britain, and has since curated two Coming-Of-Age seasons at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.