atmospheres is a series of annual festivals situated at The Museum of Garden History. Curated by Jon Wozencroft, Chris Potts & Mike Harding, the first events took place during October 2007. Chris Watson’s workshop was followed by live performances from Storm [Chris Watson ¬ BJNilsen], Biosphere and Chris Watson. Further events took place at The Bedford Arms, London and The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.

In May 2008, Touch and the Museum of Garden History present a second season of performances and events exploring the sounds of the natural world. Live performances by Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Robert Hampson, Charles Matthews, Marcus Davidson & others, with tree listening by Alex Metcalf.

atmospheres [2007]


The Atmospheres Festival took place in London, from Monday October 22nd to Friday October 26th 2007.

Days 1 and 5 are hosted by The Museum of Garden History
Days 2, 3 and 4 are hosted by Touch for Touch 25 – the 25th anniversary of Touch [1981/2 – 2006/7]

There are various events over days 2, 3 & 4 of the festival in two different locations:

Tuesday October 23rd – Day 2: Touch 25 @ The Bedford Arms, Balham, London SW12 with Chris Watson/BJNilsen/BiospherePeople Like Us

Wednesday October 24th – Day 3: The Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 with Storm: Chris Watson ¬ BJNilsen/Biosphere

Thursday October 25th – Day 4: The Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 with Free lunchtime event: Jon Wozencroft & Mike Harding interview and present the work of the Touch artists performing at Atmospheres

Concert by Biosphere, Chris Watson & BJNilsen [Chris Watson’s performance incorporates work submitted by those who attended the workshop on day one]

atmospheres 2 [2008]


atmospheres 2 takes place at The Museum of Garden History in London, from May 8th to May 12th 2008, with an introductory talk on March 13th [Royal College of Art, Jay Mews, London SW1]. You can read about this in The Guardian and a preview in The Londonist here. You can read a review of the 2nd night here

March 13th [Free entry]

1800 An introduction to Hauntology. A sound seminar by Jon Wozencroft.

6pm, Performing Arts Lab, Stevens Building

If you consider everything from self-help books to the philosophy of Adorno, it is clear that the driving pattern of the moment is towards personal reinvention.

What is “faith in the future”?

An early Easter celebration. All welcome.

May 8th

2030 Marcus Davidson
2050 Philip Jeck & Marcus Davidson
2115 Robert Hampson
2200 Philip Jeck

A review of the first day’s events can be read in The Londonist

May 9th

2030 Matt Davies & Simon Whetham
2110 Charles Matthews followed by Fennesz & Charles Matthews
2200 Fennesz

A review of the second day’s events can be read in The Londonist

May 12th

presented by Jon Wozencroft and Mark Fisher

11.00 Opening of the event/doors
11.30 Introduction by Jon Wozencroft & Mark Fisher
11.45 Mark Fisher, Hauntology Now – you can read the text from this presentation here
12.30 Paul Devereux, Landscape and Perception

1.15 Lunch

2.15 Christopher Woodward, The End of London
3.00 Jon Wozencroft – Up the Ladder to the Roof
3.45 Steve Goodman – Sonic Futures
4.30 Open Forum

[6.00 – 7.30 Soundchecks]

8.15 The Caretaker
8.45 Kode 9 & The Spaceape
9.45 The Caretaker
10.00 Philip Jeck

[due to unforeseen circumstances, John Foxx is unable to attend]

Pics by Sheikh Ahmed ( can be found here

atmospheres 3 [2009]

atmospheres 3 takes place at Café Oto on Monday December 7th

Philip Jeck (Turntables)
Lawrence English

Atmospheres 3
Cafe Oto
December 7th 2000-2300

Atmospheres is a London-based festival featuring Touch artists and occasionally a guest or two. The first two were held at The Bedford Arms & The Museum of Garden History in 2007 and 2008.

atmospheres 4 [2012]

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