Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome

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 queer spaces where care and consent promote exploration and agency. 

Working with pop/punk bands, she has presented and performed at the ICA, Barbican, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, South London Gallery, TATE, Store X, DRAF, Oval Space, Block Universe, Art Night, Palais de Tokyo, Chisenhale Dance Space, Calvert Foundation, Royal Academy, Arnolfini and Whitechapel Gallery. In 2013 she co-founded the transdisciplinary performance night London Topophobia.

The Jerwood New Work Fund will support research towards INCHOATE BUZZ, a work which will enable the artist to open out their research in sensory environments with a full team of cross-disciplinary collaborators. The work is rooted in Muñoz-Newsome’s interest in sensory and sensual spaces and is informed by research into neurodiversity, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), and non-hierarchical performance set-ups. The aim of the research is to create a relaxed environment, shifting away from the primacy of the visual and exploring artists’ and audiences’ agency.

It will involve developing a set or ‘environment’ made by visual artist India Harvey and sound and new media artist Josh Anio Grigg, in which other artists’ practices can be presented; dance artists Rukeya, Eve Stainton and Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small), and musicians Kiera Coward-Deyell (Black Obsidian Sound System) and Isabel Muñoz-Newsome (Pumarosa). Produced by Nikki Tomlinson, this expanded version of INCHOATE BUZZ will be presented at Sadler’s Wells in November 2019.


Image: INCHOATE BUZZ performed at Power Night (2019) by Block Universe for E-WERK Berlin, photo Laura Fu