Identity vs Noise

Wednesday 25 January – Friday 3 February 2017

Gallery open Tuesday – Friday, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace & Morphett Street, Adelaide – Venue directions

Opening night: Wednesday 25 January, 6.00pm – OPEN TO PUBLIC
Identity vs Noise: 1Dn explores the interplay of identity and difference. Created by the celebrated musician Lloyd Cole, the installation is informed by an artist who has brought a European sensibility to his artistic work and engaged with audiences across Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia.

The installation itself involves instantaneous presentations across various cities using new technologies. The presentation is a generative electronic composition of indefinite length, played by a unique modular synthesizer assembled by Cole specifically for the installation, with contemporaneous broadcast to interactive interfaces in Helsinki, Dublin and Tokyo.

The composition is built around an innate volatility. The harmonic essence is constantly at odds with its environment. The ability of the other, the noise, to impact and corrupt the consonance, is in the hands of the audience. Someone flipping a switch in Dublin could interact with the composition running live in Adelaide, whilst someone in Helsinki could also become part of the equation. Dissonances may be slight, subtle, or brutal. Changes may be instantaneous, or so gradual as to be indiscernible.


Lloyd Cole first stepped into the spotlight when Lloyd Cole & The Commotions released their effortlessly hip debut album ‘Rattlesnakes’ in 1984. After two further albums of era defining cerebral pop, Cole decamped to New York as a solo artist and made a home in the city that had always loomed large in his imagination.

Resident in the US since ’88 Lloyd has released 12 acclaimed studio albums that run the gamut from electric rock’n’roll to intimate folk via experimental electronica.

Cole’s experiments with electronic music, including his work with legendary German Cluster co-founder Hans- Joachim Roedelius, have been described by The Irish Times as “a delicate, delightful pleasure”.

Llyoyd Cole previously visited the University of South Australia in 2014.