Liput ja tapahtumapaikat
Avanto CD
Pekka Airaksinen
Mira Calix
Dubbing Mixers
Leif Elggren
Helsinki Computer Orchestra
Shinji Kanki
Emi Maeda
KK. Null
Kari Peitsamo
Staalplaat Soundsystem
Ibrahim Terzic
Terre Thaemlitz
Simon Wickham-Smith
The Dj's




When you ask your computer what it knows of Simon Wickham-Smith, the answers you get are not myriad but all the more flattering: "Simon Wickham-Smith is an underground hero". At first listen, his music can be mistaken for glitch, but Wickham-Smith takes spiritual content and ships it under the most corporeal title possible. He sets themes about religious life in the real world— the dedication of a spiritualist who kills himself for politics; the distortion of the abject beauty of religious music." (www.pitchforkmedia.com on Wickham-Smith's CD Extreme Bukake).

Of all musicians, Simon Wickham-Smith might have the closest affinity to Pekka Airaksinen - even though he didn't know Airaksinen even existed before he first arrived in Finland last winter for an artist residency in the far north of Lapland. A Tibetan Buddhist himself like Airaksinen, Wickham-Smith seems to have come to, at times, rather similar musical syntheses while balancing two worlds, and combining tonal fields shimmering with mystique and Indian instrumentation with noise and industrial music.

The Lithuanian G-Lab (Arturas Bumstein and Laura Garbstiene) will provide visuals for Wickham-Smith's performance.

Simon Wickham-Smith will perform at the record release concert of Pekka Airaksinen's retrospective compilation CD Madam I'm Adam at the Kiasma Theatre on Friday, November 21st, at 19.30.

Simon Wickham-Smith


site by valotalo Avanto Helsinki Media Art Festival 20-23.11.2003