Fari Bradley is an Iranian, London-based sonic artist with a musical background. Using found and domestic materials, and hand-made electronics, Bradley’s research-led practice involves sculpture, installation, live performance and broadcast.
SCULPTURE and INSTALLATION: Bradley’s joint practice as duo Bradley-Weaver involves commissions for performative installation works from Art Dubai, Tashkeel in Dubai, UAE, the Beirut Arts Centre, Malja in Bahrain, Al Serkal in Dubai and more. Bradley-Weaver also had solo shows such as ‘Close to Karachi’, Edge of Arabia, London, 2016 and ‘Systems for a Score’ at Tashkeel, Dubai 2015. Group shows include ‘Metropolis‘, Habib University with Lahore Biennial Foundation, Karachi, 2015 and ‘A Burgeoning Collection‘, Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah, UAE.
Bradley’s solo shows include ‘Hearing on Mute‘, at wednesday, London, 2019, Strangelove Festival, Folkestone, 2017, ‘Stitches to Save 9 With‘ at The Mine Dubai, 2016, and group shows including solo works such as ‘The Art of Nuisance‘, Doyce Street Studios, London, 2015, and ‘Gone with the Wind‘, Raven Row, London, 2011.
LIVE PERFORMANCE: Improvised group performances and commissioned solo compositions with the Resonance Radio Orchestra include London Architecture Week, the V&A Museum and as Bradley-Weaver at Art Dubai and Venice Biennale. Solo performances and performance-lectures at Villa Romana in Florence, South London Gallery, Savvy Contemporary in Berlin 2021, HKW Berlin 2018, Non-Classical with Musicity, 2019. Composed works appear on cassette, CD and online compilations as well as recently a vinyl with Morphine Records in Germany. Bradley is part of the quartet Oscillatorial Binnage, the latest CD recently released on Sub Rosa Records.
BROADCAST: Radiophonic works have broadcast on Clocktower Radio, NYC, on Radiokunst, Germany and a commissioned series for Sharjah Art Foundation, the British Council, Frieze Projects, Platform Art Projects 2021 and Radiophrenia, Glasgow 2022.
At arts-radio station Resonance104.4fm Bradley broadcast weekly from 2005-2019. Her research platform www.sixpillars.org included a residency for 5 artists from Iran to UK performing at Southbank and on ResonanceFM.
RESEARCH and WRITING: Bradley has completed several major residencies and published in Oxford Handbooks, Ibraaz, The Wire, ArteEast, Canvas Magazine, with music released on Ubuibi, The Wire and The Vinyl Factory.
Solo research residencies include no.w.here with Sound and Music UK, NYUAD and more.
Bradley is a PhD candidate at the “Centre for Research into Sound Arts Practice”, University of the Arts London.
As sound-art duo Bradley-Weaver, with Chris Weaver, Bradley’s sculptural and installation works investigating materiality, architecture and history were featured in solo and group shows internationally. Artist commissions included Al Serkal Avenue, Sharjah Government (Leffayeh Wildlife Centre), D3, Design District, Dubai, Art Dubai 2015 (performance and installation), Quoz Fest (Dubai) and the International Symposium of Electronica Art 2014 (UAE), the pop-up radio station Falgoosh Radio, (an arts-radio installation at Art Dubai 2013 & 2014) an experimental platform for arts-discussion and field-recording. Together Bradley-Weaver have broadcast in pop-up radio stations at MIMA (Middlesborough Institute for Modern Art) for AV08, Frieze Art Fair 2006-2010 inclusive, at the Serpentine Gallery for Ririkrit Tirivanija’s solo show and a UBS weekend at Tate Modern for Resonance104.4FM.
Bradley-Weaver’s work also employs live, experimental music performance, commissions include Circular Landscapes an evolving series of performances for the Maraya Arts Centre, Al Qasba Theatre (Sharjah) and Al Serkal Avenue (Dubai), Sikka Art Fair (Dubai), The Mine (Dubai), Void Gallery for the European Capital City of Culture (Londonderry, N. Ireland), ReUse Kuwait and more.
The limited edition artist-vinyl record, Systems for a Score, was made during a live installation during their solo show at Tashkeel (Dubai) is online at The Vinyl Factory, UK. Together Bradley-Weaver also produced an experimental radio series for the Sharjah Art Foundation on radio history in the UAE, which featured on Clocktower Radio (New York) and in October 2018 on BBC Radio 4 Xtra (UK).
Bradley’s research has led to presenting as an artist, and as Bradley-Weaver, at academic conferences and arts symposiums: Animal Utterances (Bristol University), LOMA conference, Points of Listening and guest lectures (London College of Communication), Suden Radio (Villa Romana, Florence), Beirut Arts Centre (Lebanon), Redbull Radio Basscamp Dubai, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), The American University Dubai, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (Karachi), REuse Kuwait, Habib University, (Karachi) and New York University Abu Dhabi, Share Conference (in Belgrade and Beirut, and under other names in Tunisia and Croatia).
As a Quartet
Making electro-acoustic, experimental improv, Oscillatorial Binnage has featured in The Wire music magazine’s Under the Radar compilation release and performing at Cafe Oto (London), Merge Bankside Festival, Wellcome Trust, Tate Modern and more.
Composer and Improviser
Residencies have been both solo and with Chris Weaver, and include the Lahore Biennial Foundation (at Habib University, Karachi), New York University Abu Dhabi, Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah Art Foundation, Beirut Arts Centre, and Malja Studios, Bahrain. Solo for example was, as mentioned above, an Embedded Residency working with cine film, resulting in an installation What Doesn’t Decay, 2013, using crude oil on Iranian home movies from the 1970s, awarded by Sound and Music, UK’s body for sound art and composition and hosted at n.o.where studios (London).
Oxford Handbooks (2021), Savvy Contemporary Publishing (2021), The Wire magazine, Ibraaz online, Canvas Magazine, Brownbook Magazine, Arte East and more.
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