UA #18 Supernormal Festival: Paul Purgas, Gnar Hest, Vicky Langan


7-9 August 2015, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
Supernormal 2015 Program & Tickets


Our favourite British summertime festival is back on the cards! Wake up to an espresso martini and be prepared to have your senses knocked around in the Braziers Park wonderland. Unconscious Archives presents an offering to celebrate the disorderly and the extraordinary in this eccentric setting complete with Gothic Victorian mansion, rustic barns, and a new dedicated AV tent – The Vortex.

Featuring the corporeal sonic vices of Paul Purgas, the primal actions of Vicky Langan, and the multifunctional, malfunctional theatrics of Gnar Hest.


PAUL PURGAS | Bristol/London

Paul Purgas presents 909 Extrusion, an improvised performance using extreme time manipulation with the classic Roland TR909 drum machine. Purgas’ multi-disciplinary approach knits together elements of sound and composition, architecture, industrial design and software programming which he has explored extensively across high profile artistic and curatorial oeuvre including at Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini, Venice Biennale, Glasgow International, Barbican Gallery, Frieze Art Fair, and Whitstable Biennial. Purgas formed Emptyset with James Ginzburg in 2005, releasing material through Raster-Noton and presenting installations and performances for Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Zurich, V&A, Sonic Acts, Bergen Konsthall and the Architecture Foundation. Purgas’ performances consider full frequency audio, psychoacoustics, and the processes which drive them.

Tangents Series #01: LiveGlasgow040414 by TVO & Paul Purgas
Emptyset (Paul Purgas & James Ginzburg) – Recur (album preview) on Experimedia
Paul Purgas homepage
Emptyset homepage


GNAR HEST | Bristol/Australia

Gnar Hest shows weave a complex narrative with live audio reactive visuals and ritual performance. Gnar Hest is adventures in a midi grid = Zonal compositions of woozy detuned synths, collapsing and reforming like cornstarch. Gnar Hest features music and comics by Matt Loveridge (Fairhorns, MXLX), movement by Dylan Mallet and visuals performed by Tara Pattenden (Phantom Chips).



VICKY LANGAN | Cork, Ireland

Vicky Langan brings to the forefront primal emotions, corporeal actions, and charged audiovisual surfacings. Wölflinge, her solo project, makes use of flesh, fluid and self built instruments. Her work in the field of sound has earned her the title of ‘Queen-Bee of Irish Noise’. She has performed widely, both solo and in collaboration with Paul Hegarty (La Société des Amis du Crime), Meitheal (with David Colohan and Mike Gangloff), Raising Holy Sparks, Agitated Radio Pilot, United Bible Studies, the Quiet Club, and recently she has been collaborating with experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain in a series of videos. As a curator and promoter she is best known for Black Sun, her regular weirdo/outer limits music night, through which she invited renowned makers of strange sounds from around the world to play for the first time in Ireland. Langan co-organises the Avant, an annual festival for Contemporary Arts in Cork, Ireland.

Vicky Langan homepage
Vicky Langan @ Cafe OTO, Penultimate Press and Kye event, 2014
If You Could Read My Mind — Vicky Langan at Café OTO review


Top image: Vicky Langan, photograph by Brid O’Donovan, 2012