Imran Perretta & Paul Purgas


For Art Night 2021 Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas presented a new iteration of their collaborative project AMRA, with a pre-recorded live performance exploring diasporic echoes, syncretic mythologies and polyrhythm within South Asian consciousness. Incorporating fractured sonics, classical dance and vocal improvisations, the performance explores the hypnotic syntax of the tala rhythmic system and its perceptual manipulations of time. Traditional Carnatic movement accompanies AMRA’s live sound invoking the spiritual somatics of South Asian dance and its origins within ancient ritual and storytelling traditions.

Imran Perretta’s and Paul Purgas’s collaborative project was screened as part of our online programme 16 July – 18 July + as part of our marathon screening on Thursday 15th July.

Commissioned by Art Night and Somerset House. Supported by the Adonyeva Foundation.


Imran Perretta lives and works in London. Working across moving-image, sound, performance and poetry, Perretta’s work addresses biopower, marginality and the (de)construction of cultural histories. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: the destructors, Spike Island, Bristol (2019); All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge ( 2019); 15 Days, Jerwood Space, London, as a recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018 and Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2017). Perretta was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2014-15) and was nominated for the 2019 Film London Jarman Award. Imran is currently a resident of Somerset House Studios. In 2020 he received the Turner Prize bursary, in place of the 2020 Turner Prize.

Paul Purgas is a London based artist and musician working with sound, performance and installation. Originally trained as an architect he has presented projects with Serpentine, Tate, Kettle’s Yard and Spike Island. His written output includes essays for the Unsound:Undead collection published by Urbanomic/MIT Press and contributions to the critical journal Audimat. Recent curatorial work has been the Open Sound programme for Outpost and guest curating Wysing Arts Centre’s annual festival. He is one half of the electronic music project Emptyset working with electroacoustic and computer music, broadcasting and spatialised sound, presenting commissions with the Architecture Foundation, David Roberts Art Foundation and Tate Britain’s Performing Architecture programme and recent performances including Sonic Acts, Wien Modern and Berghain for Transmediale 2020.

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