An international line-up of solo artists will create rock sculptures and microscopic shows, perform unique live music with robots and present ever-changing sights, sounds and smells at a new one-day Cambridge arts festival exploring obsessive and solitary creative experiences.
Dubbed Monomania, the Saturday 8 March festival from 12pm-12am aims to investigate the individual experiences of makers, performers, inventors, listeners, writers and spectators in art, technology and everyday life at The Junction and art space Aid & Abet.
Artists taking part include Nick Steur who balances rocks on top of each other, a feat that earned his show, In Freeze, the 2013 Fringe First Award in Edinburgh. Tim Spooner will be enacting a series of magnetic and chemical events under a microscope camera, and musician, composer and sound historian Sarah Angliss will be joined by some of her robots made from found objects.
Other musical highlights include Richard Dawson whose influences include Tim Buckley, Richard Youngs and Captain Beefheart. After years as a hero in his native Newcastle he exploded onto the international scene last year playing festivals including Latitude, Supernormal and Incubate. Local experimental electronic music and spoken word artist Pete Um and lo-fi folk musician C Joynes will also be performing. Sound artist Lee Patterson will perform a special commission revealing the hidden sounds and materials of Aid & Abet's building. It will be the last performance in the gallery housed in a 100-year-old steam locomotive repair shed near the station which is due to be demolished.
Exhibitions, workshops and screenings will also run throughout the day including Mr Underwood’s Sonic Graffiti to be discovered around the urban environment and Holly Rumble's 'Hear A Pin Drop Here' which will lead participants between Aid & Abet and Cambridge Junction compiling a meticulous map of everywhere someone can hear a pin drop along the route.
The day culminates with a performance from German artist Heatsick who will create a multi-sensory club environment in The Junction 2. With sound, heat, light, snacks, toys and fragrances all involved it really does promise to cover all the senses.
The latest edition of Cambridge 105 show The Visitor features some of the artists playing and an interview with organiser Jo Brooke.