Review from The Scotsman:
Festival review: Kill Your Timid Notion
Published Date: 14 October 2008
By ANDREW EATON
VARIOUS VENUES, DUNDEE
DUNDEE'S annual festival of experimental music, art and film is
something of a national treasure, not only for the way it offers
experiences you won't find anywhere else, but also for the manner
in which it presents them. There is a boyish, unpretentious enthusiasm
to co-curator Barry Esson, whose jovial introductions to the acts
and informal brochure notes give the event a completely different
atmosphere to, say, the forbiddingly academic National Review of
Live Art. Whether shepherding the audience to the middle in order
to get a better view, or giving sections of the programme titles
like "what's going on here?" and "why's it interesting?",
Esson, along with partner Bryony McIntyre, neither baffle you with
jargon nor talk down to you.
This is important, because KYTN can often be hard going. Friday's
opening night included a lengthy performance in which Benedict Drew
and Sachiko M used electronic sounds to vibrate a catwalk of charcoal
– and this was one of the more accessible pieces, both highly
musical and visually beautiful. As the charcoal danced across the
catwalk, making waves and patterns as it crumbled to dust, the noises
that Drew and Sachiko created made three-dimensional shapes, in
a moving fusion of sight and sound.
Other acts were less compelling, at least to these eyes and ears.
After Leonardo, a performance featuring multiple images of the Mona
Lisa, felt heavy-handed and dull, especially compared to Guy Sherwin's
Man With a Mirror, a simple, ingenious piece in which Sherwin interacted
with a film of his 32-years-younger self, projected on to a mirror
held in his hands.