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Sound Practitioners Visiting Speaker programme: Sonia Boyce

25th February 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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* Open to UAL students and staff *

'Sonia Boyce came to prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning black British art-scene of that time – becoming one of the youngest artists of her generation to have her work purchased by the Tate Gallery, with paintings that spoke about racial identity and gender in Britain. Since the 1990s her practice has broadened to incorporate text, print, sound, photography, video and improvised collaborations, bringing people together to speak or sing about the past and the present'.
"In the broadest sense, my research interests lie in art as a social practice and the critical and contextual debates that arise from this burgeoning field. Since the 1990s my own art practice has relied on working with other people in collaborative and participatory situations, often demanding of those collaborators spontaneity and unrehearsed performative actions. Working across media, mainly drawing, print, photography, video and sound, I recoup the remains of these performative gestures – the leftovers, the documentation – to make the art works, which are often concerned with the relationship between sound and memory, the dynamics of space, and incorporating the spectator".
Recent exhibitions include: The Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2011); Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination, Götenborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art 7 (2013); Sonia Boyce: Scat - Sound and Collaboration, Iniva-Rivington Place, London (2013); Speaking in Tongues, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2014); and Exquisite Cacophony, 56th International Art Biennale of la Biennale di Venezia (2015).
Abbreviated exhibitions and writings include: Sonia Boyce: Speaking in Tongues, (Gilane Tawadros, Kala Press, 1997);Annotations 2/Sonia Boyce: Performance, (ed. Mark Crinson, Iniva - the Institute of International Visual Arts, 1998); Recent Sonia Boyce: la, la, la, Reed College, Portland – Oregon (2001); Century City: art and culture in the modern metropolis, Tate Modern, London (2001); Sharjah International Bienal 7, Sharjah (2005); Devotional, National Portrait Gallery, London (2007); Crop Over, Harewood House, Leeds and Barbados Museum & Historical Society (2007/2008); For you, only you (ed. Paul Bonaventura, Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University and tour, 2007/2008), Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennal 2, Greece (2009); Sonia Boyce and Crop Over (Allison Thompson, Small Axe, Volume 13, Number 2, 2009); Like Love, Spike Island, Bristol and tour (ed. Axel Lapp, Green Box Press, Berlin, 2010); Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool and tour (2010); Black Sound White Cube, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (2011); 8+8 Contemporary International Video Art, 53 Museum, Quangzhou (2011); The Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2011); Migrations: Journeys into British Art, Tate Britain (2012); and, There is no archive in which nothing gets lost, Museum of Fine Art Houston (2012).


Open to UAL students and staff, no booking required.

Lecture Theatre B, London College of Communication.

For more information about Sonia Boyce: www.peckhamplatform.com/artists/sonia-boycewww.tate.org.uk/art/artists/sonia-boyce-794 and www.npg.org.uk/devotional/

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CRiSAP & LCC Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners series 2015-16: weekly talks for current BA, MA and PhD students and staff across UAL.



25th February 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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CRiSAP & LCC Sound Arts Dpt


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