Photos from a high-intensity evening with Arca, Jesse Kanda and Inga Copeland…
Last Friday we were in attendance at the latest St John Sessions, taking place at the church of the same name in Hackney Central, London. Arriving just in time for support act Inga Copeland, her set was a completely different experience to the intimate Cafe Oto gig she played back in January – despite the stark venue differences, Copeland’s delicate vocals and scuffed electronics still gripped with the same allure.
With a clear excitement in the air, the ‘Xen’ collaborators audiovisual show kicked off with the cascading beauty of ‘Sad Bitch’. While Jesse Kanda controlled visuals from an elevated pulpit, Arca balanced his time between manipulating a table of equipment and seducing a dazed audience (vogueing up and down a cat walk which split part of the lower-level audience in two), in a room pulsing with strobe lights, seedy lighting and visceral noise. The Venezualan made a few costume changes throughout, with a range of knee-high go-go boots, stockings and other bondage gear on display – a performance which challenged the senses as well as any preconceived opinions on gender and sexuality.
Overall a rattling, somewhat puzzling, but thoroughly enjoyable experience – check our photos below.
Photography: Josh Thomas