13th January – 3 February 2020, Somerset House Studios, Somerset House, London, UK
London is noisy; sirens, drilling, honking, shouting, the endless grind of traffic. The Tube. From physiological stress, to effects on the brain, research suggests noise pollution creates problems for people’s health.
For 10 years Rowdy SS has been recording London’s damaging noise, in this new work he remixes this archive to create a soundscape for self healing.
oyster / barrier gates / people / escalators / beeps / buzzers / broom / concrete / conversations / many / checkouts / shouts / automated voices / barcodes / sign / posts / buses / horns / billboards / atm / heels / shoes / robots / touts / vendors / pushers / news / phone calls / bright lights / helicopters / discount theatre tickets / rickshaws / music / electric hums / bus / air / conditions / doors / creeks / hum / glass / smashing / construction / breaks / engines / cardboard / doorbells / breathe / trains / footsteps / announcers / grumbling stomachs / protestors / prayer / silent whispers / rainfall / splashing or water / boats / sirens / laughter / cries / shit / helicopter / cars / tyres / tarmac / machinery / metal / bells / whistles / calls / falls / traffic / lights / self service checkouts / rustling / lightning / pigeons / piss / shouting / vomiting / glasses / clashing / glasses smashing / rubbish trucks / horse / shoes / gates / church / bells / fireworks / confetti / construction / workers / machinery / congestion / bodies / the young / the old / vehicles / thoughts / internal thinkings / minds / heartbeats / rhythms / breathe / yawn / laughter / birdsong / stillness / wind /
‘Is This The End? A sonic collage of many endings’ synthesises the artist’s extensive archive of recordings of the unrelenting noise of London to offer a multi-layered soundscape for refuge and reflection. The multisensory installation invites us in to take time to decompress from the pressures of urban life and find time to consider ourselves apart from the demands that are placed on us and which we place upon ourselves. Three seats provide positions and sounds from which we can consider past, present and future agency. By taking sonic elements that are often a source of unrecognised stress and making with them a potential source of healing, Rowdy SS asks us to pause and consider how we might alter our lives for our benefit.
Part of Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy 13th Jan – 9th Feb 2020, a programme of six specially commissioned artworks exploring the concept and practice of wellness.
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