Earshot Series is an ongoing project using recordings of the human body to look at our tolerance levels of one another and the sounds we make. Alongside these sound pieces are accompanying QR codes produced as stickers and distributed in public spaces.
Welcome is an audio piece using language as a tool of abstraction. Languages include: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Latvian & Danish. Created in response to nationalistic views in the UK, and abroad. Distorted to the point where no meaning can be taken from it aside from the tone of the voices.
Infoworks is a site-specific installation looking at public access to information. The Stone Space Gallery is located beneath a public Library in Leytonstone.
Exhibited at The Play Space, London 2017 and Chelsea College of Art Degree Show 2015
Etiquette is an audio piece and accompanying text piece played on surround sound speakers involving 3 characters who argue and discuss the meaning of art. Every word these characters use is a quote from a reputable character within the art world, some alive, others not. Syllabus is the accompanying text piece which highlights both the origins of these quotes and comments on art education as a subjective exercise.
Absent acted as an audio guide to an exhibition which was long since passed. Using quotes from artists, curators and art critics, the surround-sound audio piece functioned as a critique on authoritative figures within art who speak of their interpretations as absolute and factual when they are often contradictory. Lights on timers would activate at certain points of the audio piece, creating a link between what was being said, and what the viewer could see in the installation. At the exit, a library was placed for viewers to ‘read up’ on their experience as an intended patronisation of visitors (which so often happens in museums).
Shapes, Hackney Wick, 2014
A curatorial project investigating the relationship between artist & curator. A labyrinth of hanging walls made from bubble wrap, paper and aluminium sheeting provided the flexibility to create and change space within the venue. Each artist was involved in discussing how and where their work would be situated, and how it would be presented. Installations ranged from video, light sculpture, paintings and sound. Instead of asking participants to illustrate a curatorial idea, the artists were involved in the conversation on how their work should be shown both in isolation and within the broader context of the entire experience.
Polly Robinson, Bo Choy, Sam Davis, Ahushan Lathief, Simone Barnes, Joanna Penso, Anna Jacob
Curated by Joanna Penso
Photographs by Alberto Romano
Teach Me How To Greet is an ongoing, interactive installation. First exhibited at The Play Space in 2017.
Audiences are encouraged to teach each other to say hello in all of the languages that they know. This piece is designed as a backlash against rising nationalism, and as a prop for conversations around cultural differences.