Michael Denton and Anna McCrickard formed Overlap in 1999 as a platform for music, electronic art and music industry, 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 Overlap 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.
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.
Representation: Jessica Carlisle Gallery, House of the Nobleman.
Aquatint / Different Fields, AV Set - Panorama (in association with Splice Festival) 7pm. 23rd May, Genesis Cinema, London,E14
Aquatint, AV Set, 8pm, 22th March +Trees & Keys, Installation 17 - 25th March. B-Seite Festival, Mannheim, Germany
Aquatint, AV Set, 10.00pm,18th March - Screening, 2.00pm,16th March , Videoformes, Clermont - Ferrand, France.
Trees & Keys - Mix 1.4, Transitional Painting, limited edition 56 USB keys and Prints, Jessica Carlisle Gallery, Stand G3, London Art Fair, 18-22 January.
Trees & Keys , Installation, Project 78 Gallery, 78 Normans Rd, St Leonards, UK, September 24th - October 15th. Trees & Keys electrifies visions and arrangements of the tree. Combining their melodic-minimal music and visual multi layering, referencing the textural mastery of printmakers such as Hercules Seghers, Overlap create an atmospheric and romantic look at the middle distance tree. Edition of 28 individually numbered USB keys containing an 11 min 30 second H264 MPeg4 HD audiovisual mix. 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.
Aquatint AV Set ,Splice Festival - forms the UK branch of Creative Europe’s AV Node Network, a large scale project which partners 13 art and technology festivals across some of Europe’s biggest cities ,I’Klectik Art Lab : 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG. 6.30pm, 5th June.
Aquatint, screening Riders on the Mall / ROM, MÜSZI, Budapest. May 27-29.
Aquatint, 5 Screen Installation, ISEA2016HK Juried Exhibition, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong. 16th - 23rd May.
Aquatint , Installation, Digital Graffiti. Alys Beach, Florida, USA - "finalists for the 2016 festival. 20 artists from 10 countries across the world will gather at Alys Beach to showcase their digital artwork". May 13-15th.
Different Fields, Transitional and updated video painting projections curated by House of the Nobleman, 12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London, March 24th - ongoing.
Aquatint AV Set & VJ performances, AWAV Warehouse Opening, Peckham London, 5pm - 2am, 4th February.
Aquatint AV Set - VII Edition of MADATAC, Contemporary Audio-Visual & New Media Arts Festival, January 20 – 24, Centro Centro Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid.
Single screen video and paintings by Michael Denton, Jessica Carlisle, 27th London Art Fair, 21st-25th January.
Aquatint audiovisual performance premiered in the Artworks exhibition/performance section of Glasgow's Creativity & Cognition conference June 22nd - 25th. + VJ/DJ set June 24th closing party Glasgow School of Art.
Aquatint excerpt from our current AV performance selected for screening at the FIBER festival, May 15th&16th Amsterdam
Forest Treeselected for the STRP Biennale by director Angelique Spaninks as part of the Sedition programme. SCREEN ON | NO SCREEN exhibition at Strijp S in Eindhoven, Netherlands 20-29 March 2015
Slowsound OVLP006 album release. Long mix super slow installation art piece soundtracks.
Cloud Edged limited edition single screen video. Light Fantastic exhibition, House of the Nobleman, Frieze 14th - 18th October 2014,12 Hay Hill London W1. Light Fantastic illustrates the continual evolution and adaptation of technology to produce relevant, inspirational and thought-provoking works of art.
The Counsel of Nice - Celebration of 10 Years of Punkvert Exhibition at Vinyl 4, Tanners Hill Deptford SE8 4PJ. Curation of art from Dirty Honky, Amoeba, Angela Edwards, Babes in Horrorland, Ella Guru, Miss Roberts, Overlap, Punkvert, Sexton Ming, Tom Antona, Tunnelmental Experimental Assembly, Vitascope and Yes! Future. 4/6 - 31/7/14
100 Years of Electronic Music Noise of Art celebrate 100 years since Luigi Russolo played his debut concert using his prototype synthesisers in 1914:-
National Portrait GalleryLateshiftFriday April 4th. Live Music: The Great War in Portraits. Cinema screenings by Overlap, Addictive TV, Coldcut and Mental Overdrive. Supported by Arts Council England.
Trespass audiovisual installation, Fenton House Oriental Room, Hampstead, 2014. A temporary addition to the Fenton House picture collection, the antique photograph Trespass mirrors the view from the Oriental Room of Fenton's North lawn and its charming statue of a shepherd from 1735, and merits closer inspection by visitors.
The Lost Houses, Calke Abbey Audiovisual commission for the Riding Stables of the National Trust's beautiful Derbyshire "unstately home" portraying the decline of the english country house. From cathedrals of private fantasy to county council demolition order. Opening 28/10/13.
Wicker Man - A Disco Inferno On the 40th anniversary of the cult film The Wicker Man, Elefest presents the London debut of Noise of Art‘s club-based music, film and art show inspired by the 1973 British cinema classic, accompanied by spoken word performance from stage and screen star Nathaniel Parker. Hotel Elephant 4/10/13
UK Now Festival launch party - live AV performance. An evening of classical and electronic music in the gardens of the British Ambassadors Residence - part of the largest festival of British arts and creative industries ever held in China, with Noise of Art
Attack The Block Party, Latitude Festival 2011. Film & Music tent, bespoke visuals and live VJ performance with Noise of Art
Anna May Wong - Stilled in Film screening, National Maritime Museum Traders Unpacked exhibition October 2011
Sketch club New Years Eve - Noise of Art's Pyschedelic Curiosity, a new immersive club event featuring music, art, film, performance, dance, surround projections and occurrences of curiosity. 360 degree visuals by Overlap (Noise of Art)
Anna May Wong - Stilled in Film premiere, National Portrait Gallery. Transported from her starring role in E A dupont's 1928 silent classic Piccadilly ino a landscape of gradually changing backgrounds - a slowly moving portrait in a gallery of stills.
BMX Beats commission, Lancashire County Council/ New Cultural Journeys, premiere May 27th 53 Degrees Preston. Interactive live audiovisual performance with content triggered by strategically positioned lasers, forming a BMX controlled music video environment projected onto the ramps and surrounding screens.
Exit Festival Slovenia, Dance Stage live visuals (Microchunk)
Rendelsham: UFO, Latitude Festival 2011. Film & Music tent , bespoke visuals and live VJ performance with Noise of Art
De La Warr Pavilion Random Fridays - audiovisual performance.
Sketch Club Mayfair NYs Eve 2011, 360 degree sci-fi visuals (Noise of Art)
French Connection Friday Late: Cold War Modern V&A Museum, bespoke visuals and live VJ performance with Noise of Art
Deepfield Echo audiovisual forest installation: Hove Festivalen Norway, Electric Picnic Festival Dublin
Secret Garden festival, live VJ performance with New Young Pony Club and The Pierces.
Sliding Lights OVLP003, Likely and Sliding Door recommended Downtempo Top Ten, Audiojelly
Festival Pomladi, Llubljana, Slovenia live VJ performance with Noise of Art
London Games Fringe, audiovisual performance
Jour de Fete, de la Warr Pavilion, audiovisual performance
Industrial Resolution, Manchester International Festival Comissioned visuals for a screen forming the entire height of the former G Mex building, the largest indoor screen in the world at the time. Microchunk artists created and performed custom-designed, multi-media to the soundscape of the world’s leading DJs, including 2 Many DJs, Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, Layo, Pete Tong and Sasha. (Microchunk)
Creamfields Andalucia live VJ performance on the main stage with Steve Bug, Misstress Barbara and Booka Shade
Dark Drive video (Electric Paint) screenings: Noise of Art Festival, Tate Britain; OptronicaFestival, BFI South Bank
Latitude Festival Film & Music tent. Live audiovisual performance with Andy Dragazis of Blue States. Overlap's first outing with Ben Osborne's Noise of Art collective, the first of an annual Latitude appearance.
Audio - Visual Art and VJ Culture, published 11/06. Overlap featured in "an in-depth look at the artists at the forefront of this amazing audio-visual experience".
FADED OVLP002 music release. A collection of distilled music from 1992-2004.Originally released as soundtracks to the audiovisual albums Sprinkler Topiary (1992 MPD Re10 VHS. 48mims) & Open (1994 MPD Re12 VHS. 26mins), premiered at Video Plastique in Normandy and London's Pandemonium festival at the ICA and released on the long play video label Music Picture Disc. 1992-2004
Electric Paint OVLP001 review "..it's ghostly acoustic sound evokes the likes of The Cure yet has a moody charm all of its own...this should join the likes of Air and Kevin shields as a soundtrack staple"
Music Week magazine
Lift EP OVEP002
Overlap start regular visual slots at Razzmatazz (Loft), Barcelona as part of Microchunk's resident visuals team
VJ set Organic Grooves, Brooklyn, New York.
AV set, DK Projects, Chelsea NY
Film score composition for Kevin Thomas's True Love (Once Removed) which won the best short film award at Palm Springs and Houston Film Festivals, was selected for Clermont Ferrand, London Raindance and LA Short Film Festival and qualifyied for Oscar nomination.
TV commercial score, Fire Safety for Thomas Thomas
released through boutique distributers
Carlights EP OVEP001
Overlap perform visuals at the Glade Stage, Glastonbury with Microchunk
live visuals Bangkok Supper Club, Taipei (Microchunk)
TV commercial score Soul Calibre II Playstation, Thomas Thomas
Overlap start working with Microchunk moving image boutique
Visualmusic DVD release, distributed Artomatic, Magma Books, Tate Modern, Design Museum
"30 minutes of distilled music and visual mixes of cities, oceans and landscapes". Track listing: Open (shortform), Deep Space Angel (shortform), Overlap 9, Overlap 10, Meniscus, Upstream Digital compositing & editing: Jamie Shiels/The Boutique
Upstream single screen video. Screenings: Hamburg International Short Film Festival; ICA VJ Shorts Festival
2003, 2004, 2005: Downstream leftfield music video broadcast internationally on Addicitve TV's ITV1 produced Mixmasters series.
Nearstill sound responsive installation, Big Chill Enchanted Garden Art Trail 2001: Nearstill Online and CD ROM project in collaboration with Solaris Media
Overlap 9 single screen video (4:30 mins). Editing and digital compositing: Moving Picture Co. Overlap 10:Portrait of LA audiovisual installation.
Overlap 10 “Plastic portrait of LA” audiovisual installation, London’s Britart Gallery Tomorrow Gate exhibition; Nehru Centre Mumbai
Overlap VJ Millenium gig with The Chemical Brothers
Overlap start regular VJing/ AV sets guests of residents Reality Check at Turnmill's (The Gallery, London Calling)
Open (3:10 mins), Deep Space Angel ( 2:45 mins) shortform versions for MTV Editing: Bryan Dyke/Company B
Deep Space Angel installation, Nehru Centre Bombay Camera: Jerry Chater, Editing: Framestore
Open (Music Picture Disc Re12 VHS 26mins) Screenings: ICA, Big Chill, Megatripolis, Heaven "Open into a landscape of shimmering woodlands, forgotten houses, towers, distilled music." Digital compositing & editing: Tim Webber/Framestore Vocals: Rebecca Holweg
Sprinkler Topiary (Music Picture Disc Re10 VHS 42mins) distributed Virgin/HMV, Heure Exquise "Ever changing landscape for repeated viewing" Screened: Video Plastique, October Gallery (VJing debut with Matt Black)