Fri 17 Jul to Mon 17 Aug

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome

CYBER RATS, despite it all...

Z e r o

PREMIER - 17.07.2020 (Click the watch button above to watch Z E R O)

To watch this film we advise that you wear head or ear phones for the 360 binaural sound. 

A ritual calling for personal and collective transformation cultivated on a cellular level. In a time of enforced isolation what emerges when combining incantations connected to gut-intelligence and knowledge produced by the body? A meditative study on care, discomfort, attention and collective action gesturing towards change. Exploring intimacy in proximity with cameras watching over, emerging outside of cocooning, moving with socio-political recalibration into an inclusive potential sense of WE. Beyond this moment of pause, compression and enclosure, how do we emerge? And to what kind of world? Breaking the boundaries of screens and reorienting in public space to re-experience how we are intrinsically connected to our environments.

We have been in a process of navigating and getting lost, finding beginnings and new perspectives.. gathering, reading, sounding, discussing, dancing, landing, writing, levitating, making, coming back to our known and unknown bodies and environments, language and expression to engender sensation into action.

Invited into the process as guest facilitators has been designer Fran Edgerely and artist Leah Clements. The film and sound compositions are compiled and edited from explorative daily practices created for and documented by the students.     

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Choreographer/ Artist: Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome

Collaborators:

Dance Artists/ Documenters: João André Costa, Eevi Kinnunen, Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Thommy Khosla, Rylee Lynch and Ella Sophoclides

Artist/ Film Editor: Leah Clements

Designer: Fran Edgerley

Composer: Heloise Tunstall-Behrens


…AND WHERE ARE WE NOW?

…AND WHERE ARE WE NOW – LISTEN TO AUDIO 

When listening to this audio walk we advise that you wear head or ear phones for the 360 binaural sound. 

This audio walk/ sensory-scape comes from a collaborative practice between myself and designer Fran Edgerley, now collaboratively facilitated and compiled by the group, with sound and music composed by Tommy Hodgkins. It is designed as a structure that can be taken on and organised by different groups of people. It can be practiced in any location, public space, at home, inside or outside and is accessible and inclusive.

A collection of embodied invitations and imaginative offerings encouraging slowing down to reorient from our senses while connecting with our surroundings as both a political act of resistance and a privilege. What happens if people collectively engage in subtle daily practices rejecting our bodies and attentions as tools for capitalism to usurp?

A process of detuning a loud rational mind, while prioritising becoming bone, moon, shadow, texture, light & sound, re-organising into multiplicity. The walk opens up experiences of potential cosmic endlessness and weighted ground, reconnecting with sensorial power, journeying from private into public space.


Choreographer/ Artist

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s practice involves dancing / voicing as political gesture, presenting in institutions, alternative spaces and clubs. She is interested in creating work which shifts perspectives, crafting inclusive spaces of potential power where care and consent promote exploration and agency. Her work is collaborative and immerse, exploring between curation and choreography with electronic music, sound, sculpture, set and dancing, moving between intimate encounters in proximity and distance with publics. In 2019 she received a Jerwood New Work Fund and curated a Wild Card at Sadlers Wells where a current work INCHOATE BUZZ premiered. She has a Live Art Commission from David Robert Art Foundation for 2021.

Aritst/ Film Editor

Leah Clements is an artist based in London whose practice is based mostly in film and performance, and is concerned with the relationship between the psychological, emotional, and physical, often through personal accounts of unusual or hard-to-articulate experiences. Her work also focuses on sickness/cripness/disability in art, in critical and practical ways. In March 2019 Leah launched Access Docs for Artists: an online resource made in collaboration with Lizzy Rose and Alice Hattrick to help disabled artists create and use access documents.

Designer:

Fran Edgerley is a member of the architecture and design collective Assemble, with whom she works to look critically at the processes that produce our built environment. She is particularly focused on the possibilities in collective and co-operative relations created by different social, organisational and architectural structures. Recently, her personal work has explored how the invisible architectures of language, education and social relations shape our lives.

Composer:

Heloise Tunstall Behrens, is a composer working in the field between vocal and instrumental music, electronics and performance. She has been exploring the spatialisation of sound and the resonance of bodies, space and objects within an embodied musical practice, which is inspired by collective behaviours. 'The Swarm', choral electronic piece about swarming honey bees written with Auclair. Funded in part by Arts Council England and performed in Brunel Museum in 2016 and VAULT Festival in 2017 with 9 members of Deep Throat Choir. The album is forthcoming on Amorphous Sounds in September 2020.

Venue: at The Place

CYBER RATS, despite it all...

For the past five weeks London Contemporary Dance School third year students have been working remotely with internationally renowned guest artists; Jamila Johnson-Small, Thick & Tight,