Installations: 2014

Beasties Ahoy

Partial Facsimile composed a sonic installation in 5.1 surround using the Bang & Olufsen Beolab 14 system. The new piece named ‘Davy Jones’ Locker’ was designed to accompany the street artist collective Beastie Toys as they made a bold return back into the Brighton art scene. Their nautical street art extravaganza in their pop-up seafront lair was open to the public from 17th May until 16th June 2014.

Combining the seasick skills of ZeeZee22, Funky Red Dog, Cassettelord and Archi Ram with special guests. ‘Beasties Ahoy’ delved deep into the magical depths of the ocean and delivered up mysterious monsters and glittering treasures for your delight and/or horror!!

Ming I and the Darkening of the Light

A stereoscopic film by Nazare Soares. 

Sound design by Laila Hansen of Partial Facsimile.

This film has so far been shown in several locations in Brighton (UK), Fort Process International Sound Art Fesival Newhaven (UK), The Biscuit Factory London (UK), Ivahm The International Video Art Festival in Madrid (Spain), House Mad Photo Gallery Madrid (Spain), India Habitat Centre New Delhi (India), Fiva International Video art Festival in Buenos Aires (Argentina), and at Artist Television Access, San Francisco (USA).

Faulty Towers

Stereo mix of 5.1 surround soundscape created for visual street art exhibition at Gallery 40, Brighton, feat. Cassettelord, ZeeZee22, Archi Ram, Funky Red Dog.

– Steve Verdin
guitar, bass, samples, arrangements

– Laila Hansen
guitar, keyboard, samples, arrangements

of the
Partial Facsimile Collective

Mixed and produced by
Laila Hansen at the Oriental Cave Studio.
Brighton. 2014.

Beolab 14 surround sound system sponsored by
Bang & Olufsen of Brighton & Hove.

Project brief:

In this art exhibition, titled ‘Faulty Towers’, a diverse group of artists and musicians have come together to investigate how art, music and other creative genres incorporate structures and systems that have direct parallels with architecture. Towers have become a re-occurring building type in virtually every major city around the world. These often begin life as shiny and glamorous icons but after a time, unforeseen constructional and planning defects sometimes render them unusable – they may even have to undergo major refurbishment or need to be completely demolished. Thus towers often represent both a celebration and disillusionment about mankind’s future. 

The creative works that are being displayed are a mixture of both serious and humorous pieces, that attempt to engage with the common underpinnings found in nature and the environment, with the structural, mathematical and proportioning systems of the man-made world. Some of the artists propose elegant and perhaps impossible new construction or sometimes deconstruction, whilst others combine ad-hoc marks, or hybrid and collaged shapes, which mimic natural generative and regenerative processes. In this exhibition each artist explores their own personal reaction to this theme, 

leaving the viewer to ponder their own, inevitably uncertain future.

Communication Certified

The 2-hour long Communication Certified sound and visual improvised performance in an underground World War II air raid shelter in Brighton was captured visually and sonically.

The full performance was played back into the space in 5.1 surround sound for two days following the event, and was open to the general public. The works of the 2 visual artists were left in situ as exhibits.

A half-hour long film of the performance was screened in 5.1 surround sound at the University of Brighton in June 2014 as part of the BA (Hons) Music & Visual Art degree shows.