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Shenece Oretha: Listening Wholes | Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy
Shenece Oretha takes an experimental approach to the podcast format for Somerset House Studios’ Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy series.
The multidisciplinary artist choreographs a DJ lecture mix that explores the theme of the body, using sonic forms that range from instruments and speech, to musicians, conductors, and listeners.
Oretha journeys through improvisational musical practices, audience culture, Black literature and emotional responses, layering music, speech and sound.
Listen as Oretha composes this sonic terrain, and bear witness to sound’s ability to move us emotionally, physically and socially, connecting us even when we are apart.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shenece Oretha is a London based artist who interrogates the emotional, physical and relational sonic material of Blackness. In sharp contrast to the stark technological hardware often present in her installations, her work builds on the mobilising effects of Black oral traditions, celebrating the exchange and participation of intimate action, testimonials and emotional responses to generate expressions of collective imagination.
She has exhibited and performed her work both nationally and internationally. Recently her work ‘ Called to Respond’ was shown at Cell project space in 2020. Her first solo exhibition, TESTING GROUNDS, curated by Taylor Le Melle, was presented with Not/Nowhere at Cafe Oto, London (2019). Group exhibitions include 'Cinders, Sinuous and Supple', curated by Deborah Joyce Holman, Lausanne Les Urbaines, Switzerland (2019); 'PRAISE N PAY IT/ PULL UP, COME INTO THE RISE', South London Gallery, London; and 'BBZBLKBK: Alternative Grad Show', Copeland (both 2018). Presentations of performance work include 'Towards a black testimony', Stroom Den Haag curated by Languid Hands (2019); Wysing Polyphonic Festival, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge (2018);'Congregation', ICA, London, (2017).
Timur Si-Qin | Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy
A new artist-led podcast from Timur Si-Qin exploring how our health is intimately tied to the health of the natural world, as part of Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy.
Drawing from religious history, contrasting western and Indigenous cultural relationships with nature, and the desired shift towards a spirituality of symbiosis, artist Timur Si-Qin unpacks the ideas at the centre of his upcoming essay Heaven Is Sick as well as New Peace - Si-Qin’s artwork, brand and ‘protocol’ developed in the wake of climate change.
Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy is a dynamic programme of new commissions, films, workshops, and conversations considering both our individual health and collective wellbeing by exploring societal and ecological issues that affect both people and planet.
About the artist
Artist Timur Si-Qin’s interests in contemporary philosophy, the evolution of culture, and the dynamics of cognition take form in branded ecosystems and installations of 3D printed sculptures, light-boxes, and VR. Si-Qin’s works seek to think beyond the anthropocentric dualisms at the centre of western consciousness. Si-Qin’s long term project is the proposal of a new secular faith in the face of climate change called New Peace. Drawing from disparate disciplines like the Anthropology of Religion, Marketing Psychology, and Object Oriented Ontology, Si-Qin understands spiritualities as cultural softwares capable of deep behavioral and political intervention. New Peace is thus a new protocol for the necessary renegotiation of our conceptual and spiritual relationship with the non-human. New Peace is an artwork, a brand, a sect, and self propagating memetic machine.
Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy is kindly supported by the Adonyeva Foundation.Music featured:Oliver Barrett - Solo Cello (Live at Cafe OTO) Anthony Pateras & Vilerio Tricoli - Solo (Revox)A Paranoid Android - Walking Blind in New YorkMystified - Mystic SteamKM Krebs - EtorpasleEli Keszler - Solo - Live at Cafe OTO (Sat 25 May 2013)
Defrag - Technology in Culture and Society
Defrag was a series of talks curated by Jake Charles Rees for Somerset House Studios between 2017-2019, exploring how technology is changing the world we live in, including the way we produce and consume art and culture.
This podcast revisits the live recordings in the form of an audio montage, meshing together a range of fragmented thoughts from guest speakers. It delves into the practices of the people using and critiquing some of the latest technologies and how these shape and augment our realities.ContributorsSilkie Carlo, Big Brother Watch
Elliot Burns, Offsite Project
Raffaella Moreira, Multimedia Anthropology LabSophie Dyer of Airwars
Hanna Rullman of Airwars
Milena Marin, Amnesty International Gabriela Ivens of WITNESS
James Stringer, Werkflow
The White Pube
Charlotte Webb, Feminist Internet
Helen Brewer, Feminist Internet
Clara Finnigan, Feminist Internet
Rhiannon Williams, Feminist Internet
Natalie KhanCommissioned and produced by Somerset House StudiosCurated by Jake Charles ReesPodcast produced by Huw ThomasSound design by Harry Murdoch and Huw Thomas
AGM 2020 | Beatrice Dillon, Rian Treanor, Deforrest Brown, Jr. & Sarra Wild
An hour long segment of reflections and music from Beatrice Dillon alongside the artists she invited to contribute to AGM – DeForrest Brown, Jr., Rian Treanor and Sarra Wild.Somerset House Studios celebrated four years of its dynamic resident artist community with the first online edition of its annual building takeover series AGM. Featuring performances broadcast live from Somerset House, as well as from across the UK and beyond, AGM 2020 premiered five new commissions from a specially curated line-up of artists and writers, including Aida Amoako, DeForrest Brown, Jr., Josiane M.H Pozi, Rian Treanor, Tyreis Holder, plus a performance from Sarra Wild; a line-up selected by a panel of existing and alumni resident artists: Beatrice Dillon, Jesse Darling, Klein and Larry Achiampong.
Jessica Ekomane in conversation with Annie Goh | Mutant Promise
French-born, Berlin-based electronic musician Jessica Ekomane and artist and researcher Annie Goh, discuss education, technology and intersectionality in sound art practice, alongside projects past and present.
Open Your Palm, Feel The Dust Settling There - Laura Grace Ford
Revisit Open Your Palm, Feel The Dust Settling There, an audio work by artist and Savage Messiah author Laura Grace Ford, generated by psychogeographic walks – drifts – through the Latimer Road, Hammersmith and White City areas of West London. Originally comprised of three parts, the work is now available as a feature length podcast.
Comprised of a conflation of spoken text and sound collage, Open Your Palm is an audio work responding to the psychic and emotional contours of the city, Made from field recordings and fragments of found music, the spectral sectors of the city permeate across the work. The channelling of voices based on real encounters allows for an intersubjective relationship with the terrain, an approach to sound and text as a form of psychic ventriloquy. 00.00 Episode 114.28 Episode 227.41 Episode 3