We are very excited and privileged to welcome Alex Botten to Room Art on Saturday 24th of June for an evening of musical and audio intrigue…
Take a look below to see what Alex has been up to and what we eagerly look forward to…
«In a career that has taken in music, visual art, podcasting, video making, writing, festival organising, gig promotion, and sometimes improvised standup comedy, Alex Botten has created a bafflingly huge body of work running from mix cassettes of ZX Spectrum game tunes, to tiny runs of lathe cut vinyl records, to large photographic prints, all the way through to painting, drawing, and even an ongoing memoir.
Described by Melody Maker as 'inspired', the NME as 'magic', in Scotland's Skinny mag as 'a national treasure', and dubbed by 'Is This Music?' as a 'one man music industry', he has shared stages with acts as diverse as Lucky Dragons, Mount Eerie, Faroese prankster Goodiepal, and even (for some unknown reason) Snow Patrol. He has had his music released by record labels all over the world, and played on Resonance FM, the late John Peel's Radio One show, Brown Student Radio, and stations as far afield as Portland, Oregon, and the Canary Islands.
His artwork has graced poster boards and venues in many cities across the world, and he had a small exhibition at Ort in 2012. He has performed at Scotland's T in the Park, Birmingham Museum's Round Gallery, the Frankfurt Museum of Communication, an abandoned church in Brittany, and the Birmingham Arts Fest.
On a mission to create The Worst Business Model Ever, his current work centres on musical releases in ludicrously small editions, the spoken and written word, what happens when you decide to take the Online offline, and losing money.
The performance on the 24th will be the first of his 'Offline YouTube Video' pieces, titled 'In a Pastoral Post Apocalyptic World, One Generation Removed From Anyone Who Has Ever Heard It, What Will No Electricity Electronic Music Sound Like? (or, My Relationship With Procrastination)'. Expect talking, PowerPoint, video clips, something that might be funny, and a little of what might be (if you squint hard enough) music. There may be acoustic techno.