Earlier this month, in a vacant shop unit inside St John’s Shopping Centre, daytime shoppers were treated to an impromptu audiovisual display as they went about their daily errands. Rapid Response Unit, a cultural experiment challenging how we interpret news, commissioned a series of live improvised performances by Sam Wiehl and Ryan Algiers with musicians Al English & Rob Strachan.
The project is an audio-visual experiment using drone, noise and intense sound to react to, provoke and explore our reactions to real-time news, modern media, bias and the anxiety of overwhelming information. As Sam Wiehl explained; “Reacting to the news as it happens, we will explore the nuances of language and bias, the volume of response and spin, and the blankness of scale and the detail of emotion”.
SUBVERT | INFILTRATE | CREATE
Opposite the Aldi on the ground floor of St Johns Shopping Centre, the group performed 4 separate pieces and then broadcast another improvised set live on Melodic Distraction two days later.
Take in the broadcast that aired on Friday 13th April and check out RRUNews for more information on their upcoming projects.