WFH Residency Awardees
The second WFH residency was awarded to Sop for their project The Den 2
Sop is a London based artist and musician making film, performance, sound, writing, and workshops often in collaboration. They come from the queer, DIY punk scene, and their work centres modes of sociality rather than dominant notions of productivity and wellness. They are one half of Rita Munus, a collective whose most recent project Write It Speak It Move It took place in Cubitt Gallery in 2019. They sing in Child’s Pose, drum in Woolf and their solo project is called dead mans float.
As someone in the “extremely vulnerable category” for coronavirus, Sop will likely need to be in complete isolation until a vaccine is developed. During lockdown they take solitary walks at dawn in a nearby wood and cemetery, socially distancing from all but the buried, rediscovering the healing power of nature. In response to circumstances, Sop has made a den, which has become a calm, nature refuge where they can hide and go ‘off grid’.
Gathering material from their regular trips to their den, Sop will produce a series of new meditative works in sound and other media to reach and collaborate with the chronically ill, queer, sex worker and other vulnerable communities, encouraging them to construct and share their own refuges and connect in and through isolation.
The second round of the WFH Residency was selected by Artquest and guest panelists Katriona Beales and Karolina Magnusson Murray.
Katriona Beales is an internationally exhibited artist whose work responds to the social implications of new technologies, in particular mental health and digital culture. Katriona’s interdisciplinary project ‘Are We All Addicts Now?’ was supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England and was shown at Furtherfield, London in 2017. In 2018 she exhibited new commissions supported by ACE at the V&A and Science Gallery London. Most recently she showed a participatory green screen installation ‘As we are but not as you know us’ at Autograph (Feb-March 2020) which was developed with families with children with complex needs. Katriona received an MA from Chelsea College of Arts supported by a Stanley Picker Award. She is one of the founding members of Artists’ Union England, and has an artist profile on Rhizome.org
Karolina Magnusson Murray is London based Artist, who graduated from the Royal College Art in 2015. She is currently the Artistic Director and a Curator/Producer at FOLD Night Club in Canning Town, London. Karolina founded their new Arts Council Funded Inter-disciplinary Arts Platform Lab F (Fold Lab), positioned at the intersection of electronic music, performance, digital & art scene. Karolina’s inter-disciplinary practice adopts playful, critical, and disruptive methodologies, through surreal forms of process and dialogue, questioning the limitations of a representational practice. Her most recent Audio-Visual & Moving Image works opens up a confrontation between her performative approach and her own mental health, asking whether brutal honesty & transparency can become a political tool.
The first WFH residency was awarded to Daniella Valz Gen for her project Warping Symbols Finding Meanings.
Warping Symbols Finding Meanings is a series of 5 weekly online gatherings to collectively reinterpret, divine, rewrite and prescribe alternative actions to cope with uncertain times. It will look at ways of reading symbols, images and gestures, and explore writing and performative acts in response to them.
Warping Symbols Finding Meanings seeks to engage in alternative actions as remedies for our current crisis while motivating each other to find the folds in reality where agency and creativity dwell, through subverting imposed narratives and finding new viewpoints and forms of reading and writing. Each meeting will start with a writing prompt based on the use of Tarot or playing cards, followed by sharing and discussion, and ending with a card reading as a prompt for a weekly collective performative act.
To participate in the project email Daniella Valz Gen by April 28 2020 with a brief introduction to you and your interest in taking part. The first meeting will be on Thursday April 30th at 5pm, and then every Thursday at the same time until May 28th.
Daniella Valz Gen is an artist and a poet born in Lima and living in London, with an ongoing practice of tarot and ritual. Recent projects include (Be)longing, a series of ritualised landscape interventions. Valz Gen is the author of the poetry collection Subversive Economies (PSS, 2018), has published in various journals, and teaches creative writing workshops.
The first round of the WFH Residency was selected by Artquest and guest panelists Helen Nisbet and Louise Shelley
Helen Nisbet is a curator from Shetland, now based in London. She is Artistic Director for Art Night and curates projects across the UK and internationally. Helen sits on the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council Collection and the Advisory Board for Artquest and a-n.
Louise Shelley is a London based Curator whose practice has recently included Structures That Cooperate at Cubitt, a 15-month programme departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative. Previous to Cubitt she was the Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom, London, where she ran the Communal Knowledge programme – a series of collaborative projects activating approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s neighbourhood. Pedagogical practice is a key part of Louise’s curatorial work, including Artistic Advisor for Syllabus V and Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins. Louise is a member of the Cinenova Working Group, a non-profit, volunteer-run feminist film distributor and is on the board of The Voice of Domestic Workers and City Projects