ØxØ - Mythologies
ØxØ is a new collaboration between David Berry and Barnaby Thorn. Based in Brighton, they are developing concept-led post-internet music for anti-millennials.
David Berry: David is Digital Media Professor at Sussex University. A writer, producer and electronica artist who has released tracks on the labels Static Caravan Records and Loca Records amongst others (variously as Meme, ML, and Ward). Initially recording under the moniker Meme, David is also one half of the electronica duo Ward. He co-founded the open source label LOCA Records in 1999, with graphic designer Marcus Leis Allion. David’s music has been supported by John Peel (who, memorably, once played a Meme track at the wrong rpm), and has DJ’d around Europe and the UK. More recently he has been writing books about art, design and technology and developing an international reputation for questioning the ways in which artificial intelligence and machine-learning are articulated in relation to the arts and humanities – particularly notions of augmentating, automating and informating. David completed a PhD at the University of Sussex in 2008 and since then has written a number of books and articles. As a philosopher and critical theorist he has had visiting Fellowships at Mansfield College and Lincoln College, University of Oxford, at Wolfson College and CRASSH at Cambridge University, at Oslo University, and at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. He was an associate member of the Faculty of History at Oxford University in 2017-18. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the world and has keynoted at a number of events.
In 2017 he was a British Academy Fellow, researching a paper on “Reassembling the University: The Idea of a University in a Digital Age” which looked at how digital transformations were remaking what we think of as knowledge. This led to the funding and creation of the ØxØ project as a sonic installation beofre it was picked up by Truant.
Recently he has been looking at how knowledge, organisation and computation are formed into a new constellation of power. This work examines how these systems are legitimated and the orders of justification around them, together with the potential of concepts such as explainability for providing immanent critique and the space for practices of critical reason. Some of his more recent writings have included Postdigital Aesthetics and Critical Theory and the Digital.
David is also a member of Paris-based collective the Internation, which seeks to work towards fighting the entropic effects of the anthropocene through radical neganthropic interventions. He is developing a new concept album with Barnaby Thorn tentatively mapping the new anthropocene and its climatic collapse.
Barnaby Thorn: Born within the prime times of Brighton UK’s world famous reputation in fusion, Breaks, Disco and IDM/Electronica, Barnaby has released music on Carton-Pâte Records and Love Love Records under various aliases. After 2 years teaching in Berlin at a renowned music college Barnaby has composed, experimented in ambisonics/psychoacoustics and collaborated with other artists for interactive installations and cinematic music. Brother of Felix Thorn (Felix’s Machines), Barnaby is now based in Brighton and has been working and dabbling in sonic engineering with Felix’s Machines (Mute) and Plaid (Warp Records) for the past 4 years. Now collaborating with David Berry on cinematic electronica projects around the concept of the coming digital singularity.