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First Editions Performances with Alys Scott-Hawkins (Independent Artist) and Benjamin Oliver (University of Southampton) Seminar

14:00 - 15:00
15 December 2021
Online event (Microsoft Teams)

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Matthew Shlomowitz at .

Event details

We are delighted to welcome independent artist Alys Scott-Hawkins and our own Head of Department Benjamin Oliver for a First Editions Performance session focused on their new collaborative work ANIL SOOD.

Welcome and introduction  
2.05pm – 2.15pm  
Private (online) showing of ANIL SOOD (via Youtube link provided in the session) 
2.15pm – 3pm  
Conversation with the artists facilitated by Matthew Shlomowitz 
Commissioned by London Sinfonietta, ANIL SOOD is a film made by Alys Scott-Hawkins featuring a new work, A-Listers, for piano and electronics by Benjamin Oliver and recorded by Clíodna Shanahan. London Sinfonietta Community Commissions are a series of portrait pieces of members of the public and community groups and organisations.  


Anil is well-known in Southampton for running a dance music record shop and drum'n'bass events in the 1990s and 2000s. Through an interview Anil tells the stories of highs and lows; most recently having to close his latest business during the pandemic. The film brings together archive material, interview footage and animation to interpret Anil's story.  
In this session Alys and Ben will discuss their collaborative process and key preoccupations in developing the work.

Speakers information

Alys Scott Hawkins is an artist and researcher who works with drawing and documentary, performance and moving image. She re-interprets archive material through animation processes, to uncover voices and stories which have been unheard. Her film work has won multiple awards, and been screened at more than 30 festivals including Annecy, Krok, Stuttgart & Anima Mundi. Residencies include MuseumsQuartier Vienna and the National Media Museum, Bradford. Exhibitions include Freud Museum, Vienna, the Biennale circuit, Venice and Parasol Unit, London. She has taught Fine Art and Animation at universities in London and the South West, and is currently Visiting Tutor at Arts University Bournemouth.
Benjamin Oliver is a composer, conductor and jazz pianist. His music has been performed internationally, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and his ‘Loop Concerto for jazz trio and large ensemble’ was nominated in the Contemporary Jazz category of the British Composer Awards 2017. Ben is Associate Professor in Composition and current Head of Music at the University of Southampton.

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