“Intimacy and Longing for Intimacy in One Song”

A live performance I gave at Raven Row Gallery London, simultaneously broadcast live on Resonance
104.4FM during the Gone With the Wind exhibition at the gallery in July 2011.

Here recited in English is the Persian Sufi
poet Rumi’s The Reed Flute, one of my favourite poems in the world – “The tongue has but one customer, the ear.” I’m reciting it against a soundscape of
which each element is recorded live during the performance.

Other participating artists in the exhibition: Max Eastley, Takeshita Kosugi,
Walter Marchetti. I had a sound sculpture on display Tahmineh’s Fancy
an interactive sound piece with copper telephone cable, lace, ribbon, leather
and electronics. It’s an involved piece both in terms of delivery and concept: the story of Tahmineh is one of female independence and drive, which also reflects on pre-Islamic Persian ideas about women. For this piece I did something rather intimate and reduced it to a series of electronic pulses. The circuitry itself was near impossible to create as it is essentially quite a common schematic turned on its head, solved by sound artist Chris Weaver.
Tahmineh’s Fancy from Fari Bradley on Vimeo.
ley, Takeshita Kosugi, Walter
Marchetti. I had a sound sculpture in the show, Tahmineh’s Fancy an
interactive sound piece with copper telephone cable, lace, leather and
electronics.

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