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Book Launch – Steve Beresford and Christian Marclay + Pat Thomas Solo

Book launch with a conversation between Christian Marclay and Steve Beresford about their new book Call and Response, with a performance from Pat Thomas.

Doors 5.30pm / Event start 6pm


Collecting twenty of Christian Marclay’s photographs with twenty of Steve Beresford’s scores, Call and Response reproduces the pairs of images and scores chronologically in an elegant, pared-down, and tactile volume reminiscent of a music notation book. Particularly for those who cannot read music, they are magical pairings in which the imagination fills the quiet and the eye conducts the music. For those who can hear Beresford’s scores, they reveal the possibilities of the musical imagination translating the visual world into the aural. In both cases, Call and Response is one answer to the question of how to connect in a world of dislocation and isolation.


Visual artist and composer Christian Marclay (b. 1955) is renowned internationally for his playful, experimental fusion of sound, video, collage, performance, and sculpture. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 for his 24-hour video The Clock, Marclay is a pioneering artist who locates sound, music, and sensory experience in environments and media that one might never consider auditory. Christian Marclay Translating, a large-scale solo exhibition, opened in November at the Museum of Contemporary Art Japan and runs through February 23, 2022.


Steve Beresford (b. 1950) is a British multi-instrumentalist (including the euphonium and various toy instruments) and composer with an extensive discography who has collaborated frequently with artist Christian Marclay, lectured on and performed works by John Cage, worked with pop artists like Ray Davies, The Slits, and The Flying Lizards, and was a member of the legendary Portsmouth Sinfonia.


Pat Thomas (b. 1960) has been playing the piano since the age of eight. By sixteen he was a serious performer of jazz improvisation. He has performed with Mike Cooper, Geoff Hawkins, Steve Beresford, Jimmy Carl Black, John Zorn, and many others. He is currently playing solo as well as with the ensembles/groups Educated Guess, Black Top, Scatter, Valid Tractor, and more.

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