Audiovisual artists:  AV performance, Music, VJ, Transitional painting, Installation, Prints.


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Overlap was formed in 1999 by Michael Denton and Anna McCrickard as a platform for music, electronic art, festival and gallery activities including single screen videos, VJing, audiovisual performances and installations. Overlap have developed a style outside film, TV and video art - a way of abstracting and combining imagery that has a musical or painterly logic rather than a narrative based or conceptual one. A visual take on serialism - wallpaper with conceits.

Recent works explore the relationship between still and moving imagery through use of discreet picture planes, obscuration techniques and implied motion within transitions. The view is in movie time but limited to flat photographic space, seen through a perceptual keyhole more akin to memories and dreams. If real time video records a moment, Overlap aim to distil it.

Overlap's melodic minimalist music is created alongside their imagery. Experiments with sound and image are distilled into single screen pieces - Lazy Wave, Running Forest, Nearfield - useful components for mixing into audiovisual polyphonies in installations and live performances. Inspired by landscape in all its forms, their working process involves adding and removing layers, degrees of opportunism and systematized chance, creating generative combinations ranging from slow transitional paintings, to fast flowing AV performances.  Representation: Jessica Carlisle Gallery, House of the Nobleman.


Aquatint is an ongoing, multi loop project centring upon infinite variants of Overlap's transitional landscapes and melodic minimalist music - an atmospheric dance of shapes, lights and sculpted sound contrasted by surreal additions of the prosaic.  A memory tinted world where harmonics are dominant and time and place non specific.

Shown in different forms, as audiovisual performance, installation and linear screening, recent exhibits include: Splice Festival - London; B-Seite Festival - Mannheim; Videoformes - Clermont  Ferrand; ROM, MÜSZI - Budapest; ISEA - Hong Kong; Digital Graffiti - Alys Beach and Digital Decade 5 - London. Overlap are pleased to make this distillation available on Sedition.  Ashley Wong, Sedition.

Aquatint Ground (excerpt)

Aquatint Shuffle (excerpt)


Cloud Edged (excerpt) Light Fantastic exhibition, Frieze, London   Artsy


Trees & Keys (excerpt) & Prints

To create this mix of Trees & Keys, Overlap took short sequences of photos in East Sussex, Bordeaux, San Diego and Riverside Counties, California: one frame every ten paces, or every 30 degrees in a 360 pan. These 'stills' were animated and time stretched to create single component movie sequences, which when overlayed and keyed, generated illusions of movement, magical complexity, discrepancies, blur, multiple focal planes and voids.

The title Trees & Keys refers to both the moods of trees in relation to musical keys and the act of keying images through each other - a practice that goes back, via analogue vision/TV mixers to the process of reworking etchings - for example Rembrandt’s adding imagery to Hercules Seghers plates years after his death.

Overlap have made available a limited edition of individually numbered USB keys containing an 11 min 30 second H264 MPeg4 HD audiovisual mix of Trees & Keys with edition numbered certificates of authenticity. Also available is a collection of limited edition "stills" at either 42cm x 42 cm or 42cm x 64cm (including 7cm borders), printed on 350 gsm 100 % cotton Hahnemuhle Museum etching paper, signed by the artists, in editions of 28. Original - Project 78    Mix1.4 - Artsy

Music: New Album, Medium Fields, OVLP007, Released - 23rd February 2018.  "Medium Fields, however, is an audio-only album and not a multimedia project. Overlap proves that they don’t necessarily need multi-media to paint their atmospheres. The video images will probably be a great addition at live performances, but the audio alone works fine, too!"  Ambient Blog.

Bandcamp exclusive with extra live mix track, Aquamix 12.40. Long sound tracks of soft electric sub station hum merged with moody drawing room melodies. Overlap music is distributed by Overlap Recordings available to download and stream on Bandcamp, itunes, Spotify etc.


Music & imagery Overlap, (p)(c) 1999-2018 Overlap