In this performance, Deere explores the confluence between scientific and esoteric knowledge. She takes inspiration from both contemporary theoretical physics and nineteenth century inventions. The phonograph, radio and the cathode ray tube all challenged people’s ideas of what was possible in the physical world. If people could record sound, send information by radio wave and light a screen with subatomic particles, could they also make contact with the spirit world? Even now, physicists at CERN continue to study these enigmatic particles to provide insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
Modern Conjuring for Amateurs takes its title from the eponymous book by J.C. Cannell, a popular guide to learning tricks, conjuring and ventriloquism. Deere’s performance will, for the first time, combine her performing arts dance background with her sonic arts training, as she creates a shared experience, conjuring up sound and visuals with gesture.
Project developed during the Embedded Artist Residency at Music Hackspace London 2015-2016. Sound and Music’s Embedded programme is funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation with support from Arts Council England.