Musical Performance | THE BONK | Haint Blues

(Thinking About Blue Almonds)

As part of the artist-led event series ‘Thinking About Blue Almonds’, Ormond Studios invited musical ensemble ‘THE BONK’ to perform ‘Haint Blues’ at our exhibition closing event on Thursday 19th April.

‘THE BONK’ is a broad-based musical project headed by Waterford songwriter and improviser Phil Christie (O Emperor). Gathering influences from 60’s garage, jazz and experimental pop, the band’s arrangements bring recursive rhythms and improvised melodies together in loose minimalist song forms.

‘The blues is an infinite loop, and the loop is elliptical, perhaps. As a structure, it limits the linear progression of time: an outward movement is always complimented and countermanded by a necessary inflection point, a turnaround.

The blues is the blues, I really believe. . . and it gives rise to an alternate time-space (by means of a portal that leads nearer away, into the lining of things). At this particular time-place, thoughts are stuttered and syncopated and lead back to themselves; temporal units (pronounced under the name ‘beats’) contract and/or expand as the moment requires. There is nowhere to go and it is this apparent limitation that uncloses the portal.’

– Philip Christie





Image credits: photo I & II Kate Bowe O’Brien, photo III & IV Ishmael Thoth Ra

Published by Ormond Art Studios

Ormond Art Studios is an artist-led initiative in Dublin city and is a platform for emerging visual artists. It supports the development of arts practice through affordable studio provision, critical discourse and space for events, residencies and exhibitions. The physical studios consists of eight individual artist's spaces along with a separate area that serves as the Project Space. The Project Space offers scope for work on a larger scale, embodied practice and experimentation. It is in this space that feedback sessions, events and exhibitions happen. We believe that critical discourse is hugely beneficial to developing a professional arts practice and essential to a dynamic arts community. Ormond Art Studios encourages members to open up their practise to peer critique and facilitates lively feedback sessions, residencies, and information/skills sharing initiatives. We believe in collaboration and connect with other creative initiatives to develop a network of support for artist‐led endeavours in Dublin and beyond. For more information please contact us at Ormond Art Studios is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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