Launch Pad is delighted to announce a new commission ‘Crossing arid zones’, a music performance by Franziska Lantz, to be presented at the home of Launch Pad founder Sarah Elson on Wednesday 21 June.

Franziska Lantz is a Swiss artist/ musician based in London. Her recent exhibition ‘Expanding arid zones’ was presented by Supportico Lopez at Rodeo Gallery, London, where over 40 suspended mobile assemblages comprised a sampling of Lantz’s discoveries made trawling the River Thames in search of disused, misplaced, and often obsolete items. Bones discarded by butchers in past centuries, bits of ship timber, coils of rope and rusted metal scrap hung alongside the limp deadweight of camouflage gear, which Lantz had spray painted, burned and torn, evoking strong signals of violence and destruction. Arranged in rough and urgent balances, the suspended mass of objects suggested human stories of life and death, war and waste, growth and decay. The dense installation suggested an enchanted forest, a sacred ceremonial site; hovering works were characters that passed by one another, mysterious messengers from the past or some sort of post apocalyptic future. The exhibition was reinforced by rough techno beats from Lantz’s forthcoming album “expanding arid zones” to be released on Global Warming Records, London.

Lantz’s performance for Launch Pad will stage a musical Initia- tion and Activation Ceremony for three pieces that were selected from the above exhibition and have been installed, and thus freed, into Elson’s residence.

Equipped with drum machines, synthesizer, microphone, effects units and various flutes and drums, Lantz will generate a live soundtrack like a storyline for the three characters; a bird-like messenger, a snake goddess and the remains of a burnt soldier, as they are crossing through the arid zones together. The tale of a journey will be set in motion through melodies emerging over industrial beats and raw rhythms, stirring long forgotten voices carried by the wind, moody organ and synth chords conjuring thunder and storm, and snare drums like gunshots echoing through the space. The recording of the live performance will be made into a one-off vinyl record for Launch Pad.

Since 2009, Lantz has been producing ‘DriftShift’, a radio pro- gram of found sound and spoken text broadcast on London radio station Resonance FM. Lantz has performed her music live in public venues throughout Europe, most recently at Boiler, Athens, Greece for Pane per poveri.

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