AUDIOVISUAL performing arts EVENTS IN london

crux festival of AUDIOVISUAL performing arts: 13-14 April 2024


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The Stage: Saturday 21:45

Aja Ireland is an award-winning sound and performance artist making deconstructed club and industrial techno 

Portrait photo of AJA

Aja Ireland is an award-winning sound and performance artist making deconstructed club and industrial techno whose live shows are described in The WIRE Magazine as “Shifting from ethereal diffusions to potent explosions.”

With 3 successful UK and European tours, selling out multiple shows and headlining major festivals such as CTM, Sonic Acts and Supersonic.

AJA’s latest album “SLUG” was released on Opal Tapes in October 2021and explored themes of warped beauty, oozing translucency and distortions. The project received funding from Outlands, Fat Out and Near Now which produced digital collaborations with artists BORA and LULALOOP to create a virtual avatar, and costumes which were turned into live visuals and a music video.

The video ‘GRIME’ created by IMPATV and AJA, featured on Creative Review’s ‘Best Music Videos of 2021’ who described the track as: “brutal, visceral and unrelentingly noisy” as well as Louder than War and REDEFINE Magazine.

Aja’s debut album released in 2018 on Opal Tapes was greeted with critical acclaim and the artist was featured in VICE, The Quietus, Elephant Magazine, Red Bull Music and The Dazed Magazine. IN 2018, Aja won the PRS Oram Award for innovative music production and has created a sound score for a VR experience created by Ryan Heath called “The Thinning”.

After composing a sound-score for designer LULALOOP at Berlin Alternative Fashion Week, Aja scored the spatial sound design for Joey Holder’s art installations ‘Ophiux’, ‘Adcredo’ The Deep Belief Network (toured at Bloc Projects – Sheffield, QUAD – Derby, Matt’s Gallery – London and 6th Athens Bienalle), “Semelparous” which was shown in The British Art Show and received outstanding press from A-N to The Guardian and Cryptic at Two Queens Gallery.

Buy a copy of the new album SLUG on Bandcamp here.

“Her experimentation with field recordings and the limits of sound make for a captivating sonic experience, while the attention to the visual is reminiscent of the theatricality of artists such as Peaches.” – The Quietus

“Shifting from ethereal diffusions to potent explosions that toy with genre stereotypes, it transmutes trauma into a space that’s celebratory and defiant” WIRE

“She transforms into some kind of giant. It is as if she becomes a 100-foot-tall Ann Darrow and the audience a relatively tiny gorilla, shaking in her gargantuan grip.” – VICE Magazine

“Wildly confrontational, thoroughly cathartic, and somehow very feminine while looking to transcend and trample over everything that femininity should be.” Creative Review

“Bludgeoning slab of noise propelled by abrasive electro-industrial rhythms” Louder Than War