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Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.

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    • Visual Arts

Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.

    3: Karen Gwyer ~> ASSEMBLY: Christian Marclay

    3: Karen Gwyer ~> ASSEMBLY: Christian Marclay

    Somerset House Studios artist Christian Marclay curated the second series of ASSEMBLY inviting artists to collaborate in bringing the sounds and acoustics of the street outside inside.

    • 26 min
    2: Lawrence Lek ~> ASSEMBLY: Christian Marclay

    2: Lawrence Lek ~> ASSEMBLY: Christian Marclay

    Somerset House Studios artist Christian Marclay curated the second series of ASSEMBLY inviting artists to collaborate in bringing the sounds and acoustics of the street outside inside.

    • 25 min
    1: Beatrice Dillon ~> ASSEMBLY: Christian Marclay

    1: Beatrice Dillon ~> ASSEMBLY: Christian Marclay

    Somerset House Studios artist Christian Marclay curated the second series of ASSEMBLY inviting artists to collaborate in bringing the sounds and acoustics of the street outside inside.

    • 31 min
    2: Salvage Rhythms | Sam Williams and Roly Porter

    2: Salvage Rhythms | Sam Williams and Roly Porter

    Developed in residence at Somerset House Studios, visual artist Sam Williams (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/residents/sam-williams-roly-porter) and musician Roly Porter (https://www.instagram.com/rolyporter) present Salvage Rhythms, a collaboration resulting in a performance and film drawing on systems of archaeology, mycelial networks, composting and non-human relationships to explore different possibilities of survival and connection.
    Sam and Roly will present a newly commissioned film Salvage Rhythms at Somerset House Studios in 2020, which collages together sound and movement from their performance of the same title at AGM (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/agm) , with original and found footage; animation and photography to create a dense and decaying compost of human and non-human entanglement. Salvage Rhythms features as part of I Should Be Doing Something Else Right Now (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-31-i-should-be-doing-something-else-right-now) , the second season at Somerset House Studios' new permanent exhibition space, Gallery 31, from 23 Jan – 31 May 2020.
    Produced by Femi Oriogun-Williams for Reduced Listening. Commissioned by Somerset House Studios

    • 18 min
    1: Silence | Wysing Polyphonic x Somerset House Studios

    1: Silence | Wysing Polyphonic x Somerset House Studios

    To traverse our differences are there silences that we must face?

    • 21 min
    5: Predators and polyphony - Jerome Lewis | Re:cognition

    5: Predators and polyphony - Jerome Lewis | Re:cognition

    Conversations about language. Artist Nick Ryan (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/residents/nick-ryan) presents an ontological adventure into voice recognition, language, semiotics, sensory experience, immersive sound and imagination.
    In this bumper final episode of the series, Nick Ryan continues his search into the meaning of language with Anthropologist Dr Jerome Lewis, asking why and where language began. A Reader in Social Anthropology at University College London, Jerome has 25 years of research experience working with The Bayaka hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin researching child socialisation, play and religion; egalitarian politics and gender relations; and language, music and dance. Jerome takes Nick on Journey into the forest, tracing the origins of language, as he explains ‘radical egalitarianism’, polyphonic singing, survival from predators, ‘costly signalling’ and how to call fish with your voice underwater.
    With thanks to the Pitt Rivers Museum and Reel to Real project for use of the Bayaka recordings used in this episode.
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    The series documents and delves into the research being undertaken by Nick Ryan and his collaborators for RE:COGNITION, an interdisciplinary project exploring the connection between the sound of spoken language) and meanings manifest in the physical world as sound or concepts otherwise capable of being represented sonically.
    In connection to this Nick Ryan presents The Gulf of Understanding (Re:cognition) as part of BONDS until 05 Jan 2020 at Gallery 31 (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-31-bonds) , Somerset House Studios (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/somerset-house-studios) ’ new permanent exhibition space. The Gulf of Understanding (Re:cognition) taps into the magic of making sense, exploring the sound of spoken language and its relationship to sensation and matter. Inviting visitors to speak a word into a microphone, the installation uses machine learning and natural language processing to automatically represent these words as sounds. Simultaneously, a visualisation displays the words and their semantic relationships to related vocabulary. 
    Nick Ryan is a multi-disciplinary artist and composer exploring auditory representations of information, language, physical materiality and space through the creation of sound and multi-sensory installations, bespoke instruments and generative audio experiences. 
    Re:cognition is commissioned by CASE Foundation and currently is in the R&D phase. 
    Podcast produced by Nick Ryan and Jo Barratt for Somerset House Studios.

    • 54 min

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