21 January â€“ 12 February 2012
Xero, Kline and Coma
258 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ
The Cult of Quatermass was commissioned by Pil & Galia Kollectiv for Xero, Kline and Coma and developed from the earlier AAS project, The Quatermass Code (2006) which took place at BlocSpace in Sheffield.
The Cult of Quatermass was a sculptural installation of a laboratory control room containing video works, an audio work and machines for producing sounds that could be mixed, live, by the audience. Individual panels in the control room were based on control panels from science fiction movies, such as Soylaris, Star Wars, and Dark Star. The narrative that runs through the audio and video works revolves around the characters of Professor Quatermass, of the British Sonic Research Unit, a drone band called Samekhmem, a cult of people called ‘Receivers’ and the ‘sacred eternal drone’ that is the obsession of Samekhmem, Receivers and Quatermass alike.
The video and audio works draw inspiration from a range of cultural references and practices including: J. G. Ballard, Situationist dÃ©rives, audiomancy, William Burroughs’ cut-up technique, and glitching.