Han-earl Park, rit., Una Lee (Belfast)
Black Box // Belfast
18-22 Hill Street,
Expect “a cyborg virtuosity in which mind, body and artifact collide noisily” (Han-earl Park), “tempestuous, syllable-timed glossolalia” (rit.) and “sounds, stories and sensations” (Una Lee).
Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) has been crossing borders and performing fuzzily idiomatic, on occasion experimental, always traditional, open improvised musics for twenty years. He has performed in clubs, theaters, art galleries, concert halls, and (ad-hoc) alternative spaces across Europe, Korea and the USA.
Park engages a cyborg virtuosity in which mind, body and artifact collide noisily. He is fascinated by the ways in which improvisation can complicate and amplify social relations, identities and agencies, and he is driven by the revolutionary potential of real-time interactive performance in which tradition and practice become playfully problematic.
Connecting with the audience through extra-lingual vocalisations, rit. uses their voice to make sounds, and sometimes their teeth. With a background ranging from traditional folk music, industrial cyberpunk, musical theatre and medical simulation, rit. may even surprise you with a song.
Una Lee is an artist working with sounds, stories and sensations, in perpetual pursuit of ways for alternative storytelling. She seeks innovation in the contemporary marriage between performance and poetry through her ever-evolving eclectic practice blending music, performance art, theatre practice, creative writing and digital technology. Her work explores human condition, memory, time, and our relationship with art and ecology in manifold strata with narratives often drawn from her autobiographical events and her present identity as non-native in her current habitat. She is a member of experimental group 'HIVE Choir', a half of emerging sonic act 'OULAN' alongside Loula Yorke, director of the project micro-label 'quills that whisper', and visiting scholar at Sonic Arts Research Centre, engaging with work on narratives within sound arts.