MCGD
  • Performance Artist
  • UK

MCGD are Melanie Clifford and Graham Dunning.

They are making a new collaborative work especially for the Lab Film Fest Gala Opening. They’ll perform moving image & live sound, exploring the festival themes of location and memory, using sights, sounds and objects collected around Hackney Wick & Fish Island, with field recordings on tape & acetate dubplates.

Melanie Clifford works in translation between film, sound, drawing, broadcast, material and site to think about psychological relationships to urban space: intimacy, distance, estrangement; the experience of being held in and between registers.

Her work includes constructing visual scores for variable sound interpretation, soliciting sensitivity to detail, to minor fluctuations and structural dis-integrity. She also works directly with sound and its location: performing site-specific sound pieces and recording found sounds and her own slight interventions, to be edited, reconstructed and broadcast. She is particularly interested in the complex interaction of this work with existing, fluctuating environments; consequent unpredictability; collaboration and the irreducibility of individual perspective; connection and its absence.

Her work is exhibited and broadcast internationally, and she co-produces a weekly live improvisational radio test transmission for Resonance 104.4FM, London. (www.melanieclifford.net)

 

Graham Dunning makes things in lots of different formats, but generally to do with either Sound or Found Objects in some way.

His background is in experimental music and this continues into the art he makes and how he goes about it. He uses experimentation and play as a main part of his making process. He also likes to set himself restrictions for his projects similarly to the way scientific experiments are conducted. Noise – as unwanted sound like record crackle or tape hiss – often features in his work, and a visual equivalent in dirt, dust or decay.

He likes to think about Time as a concept and its implications on our everyday lives: How people store their memories, in personal archives – photographs, audio journals, post-it notes – and what becomes of those archives. He finds discarded objects interesting in themselves, for the stories that they suggest or that can be read into them. Collecting things has always held a fascination for him, both to do himself and to look at the way others do it.

Graham produces Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone for NTS Radio. (www.grahamdunning.com).