Text by CLOT Magazine
MODE is an annual series of artist-curated sonic and interdisciplinary events at distinct locations, staged in collaboration with organisations across London. Last year’s programme was curated by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and was one of the celebrated experimental events in the city. Laurel Halo has taken the duties for MODE 2019, which will run from September 18 to October 6.
Lauren is an artist that, over the years, has established as a distinct innovative voice with an extensive and diverse range of musical references that she combines with rigorous and uncompromising ideas to her writing and production that challenge conventional sonic archetypes. Halo has selected a series of artists that conform to a diverse mix of experimental music, performance and visual art come together. Lauren explains that: For MODE, I wanted to invite artists who inspire through the clarity and urgency of their own unique perspectives, as well as representing various cities and sounds to which I am aesthetically beholden. These artists have informed my own practice; to me, they drive the conversation forward about what music and art can be.
MODE 2019 kicks off on September 18, with Julia Holter headlining the night supported by Eli Krezsler and Tashi Wada Group, followed by a more club-focused night in a new warehouse venue in Soho, with Laurel Halo herself, Dj Bone, Debonair, Rashar Becker, Steven Julien aka Funkineven. The events will continue throughout September with an epic 10 hours of live ambient event that will see, among others, GAS, Laurel Halo, Beatrice Dillon, Tomoko Sauvage and Suso Sáiz.
Further highlights include a performance of Eliane Radigue’s Occam Ocean by Carol Robinson, Julia Eckhardt, Yannick Guédon and Bertrand Gauguet at St. Michael and All Angels Church on September 24.
MODE is produced by Thirty-Three Thirty-Three (33-33), a co-operative founded in 2016 to promote exploratory and experimental music and arts around the globe, engaging with the rapidly changing social and material conditions of contemporary culture. And since then, they have been bringing some of the most exciting events in the experimental scene in London with initiatives like MODE and St Johns Sessions in Clapton.