8th, 9th, 10th February 2018 – Electrowerkz, London


MILKandLEAD Art Gallery
Many of the artists and sonic researchers participating in the sound art triennial Deliquium possess an aura in the sense identified by Michel Maffesoli in his seminal 1996 book, The Time of The Tribes. They create rituals that involve specific rules such as dress code, props, tattoos, and symbolic and conceptual codes are used extensively before and while performing. For the gallery, the languages, or more appropriately the semiotics, change according to the changes in the society but the meaning of the message must remain the same: relevant, significant, and crucial.
Deliquium is an experimental exhibition of sound. Its aim is to give both the artists and the audience a genuine de-contextualised experience.
Deliquium has one unified identity across different genres. The exhibition is based on the specialised research of MILKandLEAD and its partners, focused on technological and philosophical innovations.
Some Deliquium artists are identified as icons, symbols or pioneers of a specific genre.
Others are beyond genre, but fit within the event’s philosophical-artistic framework of dystopianism. The exhibition is not designed to appeal to a specific audience but to expose the artists’ radical innovations to the widest audiences possible.
DELIQUIUM addresses the language behind the sound and music subcultures we see growing in the art underground and its wider cultural importance. These are artists whose work demonstrates a perfect balance between intuition and process. Provoking a wide range of emotions and associations from the most elemental purity of raw sound perceptions to the more complex alchemical wonders of sonority manipulations.
MILKandLEAD Art Gallery’s aim is to generate critical discourses within and beyond London on the concept of art after the contemporary era. Every MILKandLEAD exhibition is carefully crafted with the clear intention of transporting the audience to another dimension, both physical and temporal. The curators are interested in exhibiting art that can be perceived as a force that triggers memories and emotive responses from the public. The exhibitions also engender in the viewers, and, in the case of Deliquium specifically, the listeners, a genuine sense of empathy – familiar emotions that anyone could identify with – alongside unsettled catastrophic perceptions of a dystopian world.

DELIQUIUM presents new and challenging work from across all contemporary media, ranging from performance, sound and noise through video, installation and poetry all the way artist talks and pulsating electronic music and video in combination. The focus is always on sound – the very edges of what is possible today – and on artists with a clear mission to expand our sense of what it means to experience radically challenging work.

This is an exhibition like no other – MILKandLEAD have excavated through layers of artistic production to bring out what is most uncanny about the world of sound today. The artists are all leaders, pioneers and risk-takers. They step outside of cultural norms in order to push our senses further – higher but also lower – into the dark as well as toward the light.

The artists at DELIQUIUM represent all that is best in multiple areas of experimental work. Everyone has a clear vision, a path they have followed relentlessly. For MILKandLEAD, the important thing was to bring together disparate artists but with something like a shared vision of the troubled reality of being a human today (or posthuman…). Musicians and artists in DELIQUIUM offer a raw insight into what waits outside the human and cultural norms that supposedly protect us. These are shadows that make sounds, images, words, ideas, and above all, effects on those who encounter their work.

Prof. Paul Hegarty | Sound Art Curator

Alexei Monroe | Sound Theorist

[email protected]


3-DAY PASS / EARLY BIRD | £23  Sold Out!


ACT 1 • THU 8TH FEB 2018 / LIMITED | £13

ACT 2 • FRI 9TH FEB 2018 / LIMITED | £13

ACT 3 • SAT 10TH FEB 2018 / LIMITED | £13

WORKSHOP • Hardware Hacking by TASOS STAMOU (UK)  [Fri, 9th Feb 2018 – 1pm/7pm] | £40


The gallery started in East London's heart in 2009 as an independent platform that reflects and implements the global power of the arts, multicultural and gender equal communities; mainly acting as a place of exposure to the latest art movements and emergent new talents. Since 2016, MILKandLEAD Art Gallery is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation Registered in England No.1167857.

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