Philip Venables’ work is often concerned with violence, politics and speech within concert music and opera, and his work Illusions, is no different, featuring the contemporary commentary of performance artist David Hoyle.
The interplay between music and the cut-up video snippets of Hoyle's searing and topical polemic is reflected in the erratic, boisterous and aggressive nature of the composition.
This anarchic 'party political broadcast' takes an unforgiving view of modern society, as the avant-garde performance artist gives his uncompromising take on everything from make-up (above) to media (below).
In these short excerpts from Venables final work, we get a glimpse of Hoyle’s ire, as he attacks what he sees as dominant trends in ‘bourgeois Britain’, from unquestioning consumption of mass-media to a fascination with ‘perpetual war’.
Philip Venables: Illusions comes to Royal Festival Hall as part of New Music Biennial on Sunday 9 July.