WFH Residency – Awardee 2
The second WFH residency was awarded to Sop for their project The Den 1
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 dmf.
As someone in the “extremely vulnerable category” for coronavirus, Sop has been shielding. 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.