“Of all the Re-Analogue luminaries, Samm Anga (melodious phunk) is perhaps the most provocative, poignant, at times polarising – and patient. A summer after the designated finish for the collective, the co-founder’s enrapturing live-set (from February’s Subliminal Festival) is alive and online, having undergone a rigorous transformation from mere document of the moment to a wild filmic beast; a gig that has been remixed, remastered, improved and de-demolished to true vibrancy, dark power, a swelling production.”
“Aberdeen’s newest comedy night has just had its debut show at the Inn at the Park Hotel. Hosted by Jamie Tait, a hairdresser turned glamorous entertainer, the night was an overall success with a couple of pitfalls that, if they were addressed in the coming shows, would make the night a real tour-de-force in the Aberdeen comedy scene.”
“Sianne Ngai came to mind when watching Designs in Air’s multi-site work Creatures from the Deep (2020) at this year’s Spectra festival. What was being depicted here were alien creatures, large and inflatable, and oceanic in nature. There were waving tentacles on top of MsQ1, a coral-tower with an inferno of orange flagella as a head, and a bulbous vermillion sea-flower-thing outside Marischal College.”
“Speakin’ Weird truly is one of those events that seems to have gone from strength to strength. Since those days in 2017, I can hardly remember a Speakin’ Weird which hasn’t packed Spin’s chairs and tables, lined its bar or coated the stairs and standing space with punters. But perhaps this success is testament to the winning formula.”
“I’m quite the fan of using “Aber-“ as a prefix… Aber-disco, my name for electronic music that has emerged from Aberdeen in the waning years of the ‘10s, into the present day, and then who knows.”
“It is the story that is woven out of these character’s lives which allow for a narrative to arise not just for the individuals but also as a group. Together, they can create a story that is as persistent, water-tight and expansive as any novel by Ursula Le Guin or Tolkein. Despite not being real, they trend towards realism.
“Many of the kinds of questions that roleplaying games provoke are like that which drive the discipline of social anthropology. Particularly here we are talking about the creation and status of the world or worlds that we inhabit as social beings, and the ability to make new, more just and hopeful worlds for us to share together. “
“Overall, the online performance night strengthened the sense of Speakin’ Weird as an event fostering an Aberdeen-based community of the arts. And because everyone is isolating, the online performance night emphasised the value and strength of the connection we’re willing to make, reaching out and writing, performing – listening, being present.”