Freya Dooley discusses Temporary Commons, her commission for Jerwood Solo Presentations 2021, with Helen Frosi who is an interdisciplinary artist-curator, producer and Director of SoundFjord – a nomadic curatorial platform focused on sound-related research and practice.
Temporary Commons is an immersive multi-channel sound installation that describes experiences of connection, untethering, and futile attempts at control within the porous walls of a rented terrace house. A meandering fictional narrative voiced by the artist weaves together dodgy plumbing, turbulent neighbours, bad weather, canned laughter, and an invasive landlord. The tension of hidden leaks and unstable structures is a stage for reflections on the harmony and discord of living alongside others.
About the artist’s guest
Helen Frosi is an interdisciplinary artist-curator and producer whose practice pivots around ecological thought, poetics, aspects of gifting and alternative forms of economy, with a focus on the creative, social, and political dimension of sound, hearing and listening. Her practice manifests as process, and necessitates collaborative, cross-disciplinary work, communal projects and collective activities.
Helen curates Longplayer Day, a festival focusing on time, duration and long-term and ecological thinking with James Bulley, and is co-curator of auraldiversities, an ongoing series of workshops and seminars on the ‘auraldiverse turn’ in the arts and humanities. Her latest project, EnCOUnTErs, sits at the nexus between art and ecology, with a focus on the sonic imagination. Helen is Director of SoundFjord a nomadic curatorial platform focused on sound-related research and practice, Founder of Visible Near Midnight Recordings for works that fall between the genre gaps, and is a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London (Dept of Music). soundfjord.org
About the artist
Freya Dooley works across media encompassing writing, moving-image, performance and sound in her practice. Her work builds layered and unstable narratives: collaborative fictions which navigate their way through divergent subjects, expanding outwards from close-range environments and observations.
Freya lives and works in Cardiff. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2011 and was a member of Syllabus III, a UK-based peer-led alternative learning programme, in 2017-18. Dooley currently holds a two-year Fellowship at g39, Cardiff, which is supported by the Freelands Artist Programme. In 2020 she undertook a residency with Beppu Project in Japan supported by Wales Arts International. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include: Scenes from Between the Mountains and the Sea, Beppu Project, Oita, Japan (2020); Ventriloquy for Radio, part of Interruptions at Holden Gallery, Manchester (2020); New Writing with New Contemporaries including performances at Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery (2019-20); Somewhere in the Crowd There’s You, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2019); and The song settles inside of the body it borrows, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2019). She was shortlisted for the Kleinwort-Hambros Emerging Artist Prize in 2019. freyadooley.com
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