Round and round, or “What’s with all the circles?”

Garry Fabian Miller, The Night Cell, 2009/10

Garry Fabian Miller, The Night Cell, 2009/10

Caribou; Swim (2010)

Ellen Allien, SooL (2008)

Four Tet; Angel Echoes Remixes (2010)

Autechre; Oversteps (2010)

Susan Derges; Full Circle

Susan Derges; Full Circle

A short visual essay here, just to keep the O.E. ticking while dissertation work keeps most of its contributors out of action. The images which bookend this series are photograms by a pair of artists who recently showed to great effect at Ingleby and, concurrently, as part of the V&A’s ‘Shadow Catchers’ exhibition. Their work, along with a string of recent examples of cover art for albums by electronic artists, led me to wonder: what’s with all the circles? Unusually for this blog, I don’t have any high-falutin’ answer. Maybe somebody here does…

By Luke Healey

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3 responses to “Round and round, or “What’s with all the circles?”

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  2. Many of those circles are hypnotic… maybe electronica artists just want to inveigle in the listeners into the music. My personal fav out of this selection is Autechre’s Oversteps album. The four tet and Ellen Allen ones seem too similar, too mistakable for each other. But AE’s pic (courtesy of longtime pals Designers Republic) is stark, three-dimensional and organic. It reminds me of the music on the album itself–a return to the tangible, familiar ambient music that the band originated from. I ramble, no? Nice blog, by the way.

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