A special broadcast takeover on Montez Press Radio has been created to coincide with the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022, our exhibition of two newly commissioned moving-image works by Soojin Chang and Michael. at Jerwood Space open until 23 July 2022.
For their commissions, both artists have approached ideas of kinship, creation and inclusion. In Soojin Chang’s case, BXBY is a radical, semi-fictional work which explores the fusion of interspecies life; and Michael.’s film cleave to the BLACK depicts through the form of a moving-image triptych the continuing legacy of Black male experience.
Over the course of three hours, Jerwood Arts and Film and Video Umbrella in collaboration with Montez Press Radio premiere new responses to the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022 by Jerwood Writer in Residence Dylan Huw and writer, publisher and curator Sarah Shin who presents a story written in response to Soojin Chang’s BXBY.
Alongside this, the artists have developed new broadcasts specially for Montez Press Radio including a book club convened by Michael. exploring the books, texts and references which informed his research when making cleave to the BLACK, and an audio work by Soojin Chang INTERPENETRATIONS which is an attunement to nonhuman and ancestral transmissions within sound. This invites listeners to notice oscillations within their bodies when listening to field recordings of ritual music, transmutations of ancestral sounds, contemporary experimental music, and everyday channelings.
Michael. is a Black British artist-filmmaker and community worker born and based in London. His work explores the poetics of blackness and being. Michael was formerly known as Michael McLeod and has since dropped his surname due to its historic colonial context.
Soojin Chang works in a process of trance, dissociation, feedback, and self-recognition to create performances that dissolve personhood and objecthood through animist and phenomenological methodologies. Their works take the form of moving image, live performance, ritual practice and field research.
Dylan Huw is a writer living in Cardiff. His work across art criticism, essays and fiction, and in Welsh and English, is informed by an interest in processes of translation and vocabulary-making, collective practices and queer lineages. Recent publications include commissioned texts with Artes Mundi, Occasional Groundwork, Mostyn and Dortmunder Kunstverein.
Sarah Shin is a publisher, writer and curator. She is among the founder-directors of Ignota, an experiment in the techniques of awakening, and Silver Press, a small feminist publisher. She also founded New Suns, a curation and storytelling project, which began as New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival at the Barbican Centre.