Update: 4th February 2018
Thanks to Dario, Rory, Ray, Rachel and EnoWeb's own newsbot Tom Boon in no particular order for these news items.
Bloom: Open Space is coming to Amsterdam from 21st to 25th February. This new mixed reality collaboration between Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers is a groundbreaking generative audio-visual installation based on Bloom.
Participants wearing Microsoft HoloLens devices will experience Bloom in a completely new way – in a central zone surrounded by screens, they can tap the air around them to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies with the simplest of gestures. The innovative installation blurs the lines between the physical and virtual, exploring uncharted territory in the realms of both applications and generative art. Tickets will be sold in 20-minute increments to avoid overcrowding. Look, here's Peter Chilvers enthusing about it:
Where it's at: The Transformatorhuis (Trafo House) at Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 2, 1014 DD, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tickets to the future: Click here
More information: www.bloomopenspace.com and www.microsoft.com/inculture/musicxtech
The Winchester Gallery at Brian's alma mater the Winchester School of Art is holding an exhibition of work by British artist Anthony Benjamin. For the Currents exhibition, Brian has created Endlessly Anthony, a customised version of 77 Million Paintings which uses images from Benjamin’s works. The exhibition runs until 23rd March, and is open Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm.
Although the influence of teaching staff like Tom Phillips and Roy Ascott on Eno during his formative Art School years is well documented, Benjamin is seldom mentioned. However, he was very supportive of Eno at both Ipswich and Winchester, and their friendship continued after Eno graduated. Benjamin created a series of artworks called The Roxy Bias Suite in response to their discussions about electronic music. [Thanks to Rory.]
It is here: The Winchester Gallery, Ground Floor of Westside Building, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8DL
David Byrne has a new album out on March 9th: American Utopia, which we mention because Brian contributes some of his Mechanical Turk drummers and backing vocals, plus one or more co-writing credit(s). The first song, "Everybody's Coming To My House", is out now. Perhaps because of his current crowded living conditions, David has sallied forth to give lectures and be interviewed.
- David Byrne's American Utopia
- David on BBC Radio 4 – available until 9th February
- David on BBC Radio 6 Music (download also includes Bryan Ferry) – available until the start of March
- David on BBC Radio 2 – available until the end of February
- Reasons To Be Cheerful lecture
Okay, back to EnoWeb's All Eno, All The Ruddy Time agenda. Brian himself is not short of the odd word or two, and so it was on 22nd January that he made a repeat visit to the AA School of Architecture for a conversation with Valentin Bontjes van Beek.
On 12th December a chilly Somerset House hosted Future Power(s) #2 presented by Superflux, with Brian Eno, Juliet Jacques, Liv Wynter and Jinan Younis.
- Futures of Power #2 (updated link, sorry) – you may need a different browser
Steven Johnson has dug up another bit of video from his 2015 conversation with Brian.
This year Edge.org asks the last of its 20 annual questions: "What is the last question?" Brian's answer is surprisingly not "How can moments go so slow?" or "Can those poor teeth take so much kicking?"
Tom Rogerson has written a track-by-track guide to Finding Shore.
Brian will be visiting Düsseldorf on 12th-13th October for the ELECTRI_CITY Conference, and his Video Paintings will be on show from 13th October to 11th November. He may be holding a student workshop too.
Very few people are aware of this fact, and it's something that you will never hear referred to in press or media profiles of Brian Eno, but he actually began his 1970s musical career as a member of the group Roxy Music. Marvel as EnoWeb brings you another obscure item of Pop'n'Rock trivia! Anyway, the band's eponymous first LP has been re-released as a four-disc 12 x 12 Super Deluxe Edition featuring previously unreleased demos, outtakes, radio sessions, rare footage, 136-page book and a 5.1 remix by Steven Wilson.
Dangerous Minds has some photos of Brian with David Bowie in Austria in 1994.
Brief items about Eno-associated artists.
- Rockumentary: Roger Eno talks to Gem Rey
- J. Peter Schwalm has a new album out in May, How We Fall, and has released a preview
- Roger and Peter also appear on Gaudi's forthcoming Magnetic album
- Harold Budd will be playing in Dublin sometime between 19th & 21st April, and at the Union Chapel on London on 28th April
- VV Daily Press: Harold recalls his 1940s boyhood