“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
OOLM perform experimental live electronic music that explores ways of engaging with an audience using the familiar, the ritualistic and the totemic. We do not control anything, instead we are but two intrinsic elements in an amorphous acoustic feedback loop which affords collaboration and intimacy. At the centre is the use of evocative objects, rituals and moments of absurdity that are bound together by a collection of minute movements, each one of which holds the intertwining relationships between the audience, performer, sound and instrument in the air as if they were supported on silken spider-webs.
Our work is a personal ritual and coda, finally confronting the controlling relationships and obsessions that have plagued us through our lives. An inward reflection on the self and why we do the apparently stupid things that we do. You will know us by the Trail of our Limerence.
We are guided by the physical objects and how they act upon each other in their network of relationships we support our work with the academic theories of Tim Ingold (lines and blobs), Sanda Erdelez (information encountering) Andy Clark (extended mind).
Our heroines are Dorothy Tennov, Susan Forward, Lindsay C Gibson, Susan Anderson. Our performance is based on the musical works of Jan Jun, Nick Bullen, Samuel Beckett, Leigh Landy and Hayao Miyazaki.
We don’t have keywords, we have key conundrums: The Body Keeps the Score; Skinner Box Theory; Anxious Avoidant doom; Anticipatory Anxiety; Wound mate; Hope plus Uncertainty; The Bane of Intermittent Rewards