frank sparrow and heather forknell
Frank Sparrow is a musician and producer who performs under the alias Velvet Exit. He has produced music and sound for numerous Arts Council England funded dance, performance and theatre shows, as well as being the one of the founders of film, performance and live music mash up Commentary at The Phoenix, Leicester. For UKYA, Frank is collaborating with Heather Forknell, a multidisciplinary arts practitioner based in Nottingham. Forknell’s art practice is influenced by architecture, interior design, advancements of digital technology and social politics.
Velvet Exit is an elegy of the disenfranchised.
Hear music producer Frank Sparrow perform bedroom-composed electronica, who charts through video game inspired and beat-driven song structures and erratic, choppy sampling. Combined with Heather Forknell’s live projection mapping and installation – a juxtaposition of ‘90’s video game nostalgia, interior design and a curiosity towards dark web visuals; Velvet Exit embodies the frantic and anxious nature of being a disenfranchised youth in a changeable world.
Described as a similar stage presence to Ian Curtis; Velvet Exit hopes to offer a remedy for those alienated by squeaky-clean chart pop.
National Biennale: Derby 2016