Shadowplay at The Anatomy Rooms | ABERDEEN

Colliding Lines present Shadowplay; a unique, cinematic literary performance in pitch dark. The piece is a post-apocalyptic fable, composed of nothing but written word and a thunderous, dystopian soundscape improvised by sound artists Reuben and Jacob Kyriakides. Suspended in a dark auditorium, the audience are alone save for white words projected into the pitch black canvas. Around them a soundtrack emerges, scoring urgent scenes told in broken, staccato sentences. It is a story about the power of language to make reality and, inevitably, undo it.

Situated between surrealism, literary allusion and survival horror, the piece ventures beyond post-truth into a post-meaning world, where language itself begins to unravel: a future fiction all the more prescient in our current climate, where facts become irrelevant and past voices of dissent – satire, reason, inquiry – are losing power to effect.

For this evening’s performance at The Anatomy Rooms, Kyriakides perform with guest accompaniment from Glasgow / Edinburgh multi-instrumentalist Bell Lungs.

We are joined by the following headline acts:

Pefkin is the alter ego of Gayle Brogan, one half of Glaswegian vintage synth duo Electroscope and ex-proprietor of the Boa Melody Bar mail order. She has been recording as Pefkin since 1999 and released albums on Morc, Wild Silence, Reverb Worship, Pseudoarcana, etc. More recently she has been recording with the Kitchen Cynics’ Alan Davidson under the name Barrett’s Dottled Beauty, creating psych-folk hymnals inspired by a mutual love of folk songs and nature, and has been recording with United Bible Studies. On her own Gayle creates a dreamy rural psychedelia from looped vocals, guitar, analogue synth and violin and has received comparisons to Coil, Popul Vuh and Nico. She has just released a new album “Final Instar” inspired by moths on Siren Wire and an 8″ lathe cut on Sonido Polifonico.

Ross Whyte is a Glasgow-based composer and sound artist. In 2012 he completed a practice-based PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Aberdeen where his field of research was concerned with impermanence in audio-visual intermedia and headphone-specific composition.


The Anatomy Rooms
Marischal College
Shoe Lane
AB10 1AN


Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8pm