Mark Fell

Kelham Island Museum - Saturday - Tactical Contact

Mark Fell is a Rotherham based electronic musician, multidisciplinary artist and producer whose work has persistently challenged the boundaries between dance music and academic computer music practices. Having studied experimental film and video at Sheffield’s notorious Psalter Lane art school at the onset of the city’s assimilation and adaptation of techno (circa 1990), Fell’s approach is equally grounded in the theory and practice of experimental film, radical philosophy and the electronic music subcultures surrounding house and techno. Since his early genre-defining explorations of minimal techno with Mat Steel as SND in the late 90’s, Fell’s practice moved into a period of complex dynamic works such as Multistability (Raster-Noton, 2011), and more recently into explorations of interplay between algorithmic systems and acoustic performance that typically include choreographic and text based elements. Widely acknowledged for his unique contributions to electronic music and sound art, Fell’s work has been presented at a vast array of major institutions around the world, marking him out as a distinctive voice in contemporary art and music.

In 2017 he curated the magnifiscent "Geometry of Now". Held Moscow it was an investigation of sound through site-specific interventions in the space of the former GES-2 power station and was critically acclaimed. Also he did both an installation at No Bounds 2017 and performed as Sensate Focus.

For 2018's edition the festival invited Mark to co curate the Saturday daytime programme. This is part of our ongoing relationship with this singular artist and promises to bring an exciting new element to the festival.

In 2019, Mark will be joining joining forces with Portuguese curator Pedro Rocha for a specially commissioned section of the festival here called "Tactical Contact" that will see artists invited to create new collaborative pieces of work that will be premiered at No Bounds.