Heather Lander Launches This Year’s Dumfries Music Conference Programme

A new public artwork will launch at The Bakers Oven (135-139 High Street, Dumfries) on Thursday 11th October as part of the Dumfries Music Conference (DMC) 2018 Programme Launch. Presented by Sonica (Cryptic) and The Stove Network, ‘Breaking Reverie’ by Heather Lander brings together ideas of magic, natural phenomena and virtual landscapes and will be accompanied by music from award winning composer, Michael Begg, who will provide a textured sonic backdrop for the work.

The installation will run until 20th October between 6-11pm.


Heather Lander is a visual artist from the USA and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2015, and has since gone on to present video installations with Cryptic Nights and Sonica at the CCA as well as Glasgow International, The Briggait, The Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival and Findhorn Bay Arts Festival.


Lander’s practice focuses on ideas of magic, the virtual and the ways technology can, and will, affect our interpretation of reality. She continues her research into time, light and most recently, has begun to introduce sound into her installations – this is something she plans to continue experimenting with and developing over the coming years.


Commenting on her work, she states: “Although my work never represents people in any way, nor any recognisable landscapes, it is essentially about humanity and our place in the world. I’m interested in the ways in which we feel a sense of presence in our environment, and how this adds to self-awareness and security. The importance of our physical environment and the idea of losing it is a driving force behind my practice.”


The unveiling of the artwork will also launch the Programme for the 2018 Dumfries Music Conference, and members of the public are invited along to the Oven from 6pm to pick up a Programme to see the full line-up of events for the following weekend.


Since launching in 2012, the event, which is predominantly aimed at 14-30 year olds, has welcomed a huge range of people from across the music industry. That includes organisations and companies like Born To Be Wide, Chemikal Underground, the BBC, Soma Records, Ministry of Sound, Funktion-One, Cryptic and Mircodot. DMC’s aim is to galvanise the vibrant Dumfries & Galloway music scene and give it a voice on a national level, having established a strong network of friends and partners that span the music industry in Scotland and beyond.


For 2018, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure a jam-packed weekend full of exciting events for Dumfries. DMC will run from Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th October and features a musically-oriented mix of film, discussion, live music, art and workshops.

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