Taking place monthly during spring, winter and late autumn, The Magazine Sessions are a new series of experimental and immersive events taking place in The Magazine at the Serpentine North Gallery, presented in collaboration with Fiorucci Art Trust and with the participation of The Magazine restaurant. Artist Matt Copson’s A Woodland Truce with music by Felicita and vocal performances by Musarc, inaugurated the series.
A Woodland Truce is a play without actors, including sculptures, lighting, live and pre-recorded elements. A bird, a deer, a chicken, a lion and a fox named Reynard meet in a woodland clearing. Gradually, they conspire to undermine their biological conditioning and nature itself. Written and conceived by Matt Copson; Music by Felicita; Vocal performance by Musarc; Timpani by Serge Vuille; Sculptures produced with Rosie Tonkin. Cast: Reynard The Fox – Matt Copson; Noble The Lion – Marcus Nasty; The Stag – Alex Mugnaioni; The Chicken – Chloe Sachikonye; The Bird – Chloe Sachikonye. Choir: Reynard The Fox – Toby O’Connor; Noble The Lion – Sean McAlister; The Stag – Elisabetta Mini; The Chicken – Anastasia Glover; The Bird – Lara Karady.
Presented in collaboration with Fiorucci Art Trust – and with the participation of The Magazine Restaurant – The Magazine Sessions invite artists to devise site-specific evenings of performance, where all aspects of the experience are considered. The Magazine Restaurant will remain open until 10pm for food and drink on the evenings of the Sessions.
The 2016 Magazine Sessions are:
Monday 15 February: Matt Copson, A Woodland Truce, with music by Felicita
Monday 21 March: Karl Holmqvist, PPPPJJHAAARRRRVEY
Monday 18 April: Emily Sundblad, Dichterliebe/Divine Bitches Part Two, featuring Juliana Huxtable
Monday 16 May: Celia Hempton, Tor
Monday 21 November: Christian Holstad
Monday 12 December: Anthea Hamilton
Matt Copson’s solo exhibitions include Reynard’s Fundament, Tramps (2015) and Reynard Reforms, Vilma Gold, London (2015). Recent group shows include The March Project, Sharjah Art Foundation (2015); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA; Newlyn Art Gallery and Liverpool Biennial (2014) and Escape Routes: Benedict Drew invites…, LIMBO, Margate (2014). Recent live work includes Tall Tales and Wayward Narratives, Nottingham Contemporary (2015), Superwoofer, Matt’s Gallery (2015) and Haters Gonna Fete, ICA (2015).
“Felicita has a brain from this century, not the last one.” (Sasha Frere-Jones) “It’s clear that this is a new world.” (Pitchfork) “Tinkling crystal noises, gossip-girl vocals, arrhythmic kawaii starbursts.” (The Guardian) “Somewhere between the lullaby that rocks you to sleep and the nightmare that has you waking up screaming.” (The Fader) “Prances about bouncing synth keys and childish whoops and exhalations. ” (Dummymag)