A new three-part 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.
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 its three episodes. 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.
Laura will present a live audio visual performance of the work on 27 June at Somerset House Studios.
Showroom presents a major new commission by London-based artist Laura
Showroom’s neighbourhood of Church Street is an area largely
untouched by gentrification, but now on the cusp of transformation,
with a host of new developments and housing schemes planned,
including a major regeneration initiative called The Futures Plan.
Alpha, Isis and Eden are the names of three of the housing blocks
local to The Showroom that are proposed for radical redevelopment.
to Oldfield Ford’s installation is a new sound work, made in
collaboration with sound engineer and producer Jack Latham, using
field recordings taken by Oldfield Ford during experimental,
critically-engaged walks or ‘dérives’ in the area. Mapping the
psychic contours of the urban environment through her subjective
experience, Oldfield Ford also draws on her personal history of
working in the area in the public care and social welfare sectors, as
well as on time she spent in subcultural scenes as a squatter and
the gallery space materials such has plywood and Sitex (perforated
steel used for boarding-up abandoned buildings) create a structure
covered with collage, drawing and text, interwoven with fragments of
overheard conversation and other sounds and summons of the street.
Layer upon layer of personal and public histories, individual and
collective, imagined and real, intertwine and articulate an
intersubjectivity which exposes and reassembles the urban landscape
spatially and temporally; its private domestic spaces and public
areas, and the lives that pass through and in-between them.