24/7 Podcast

24 Jan 2020

Artists from our 24/7 exhibition explore the non-stop nature of modern life.

With every moment seemingly an opportunity to connect and work, unrelenting pressure to produce and consume, sleep itself monitored and commodified, how we cope is one of the most urgent contemporary issues affecting us all. 

The podcast includes contributions from artists Benjamin Grosser, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Melissa Mongiat, Mat Collishaw, Hasan Elahi, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, along with exhibition curator Sarah Cook and Jonathan Reekie, co-curator of 24/7 and Director of Somerset House. 


#1 More, More, More

Artist Benjamin Grosser explores the notion of ‘more’ in a 24/7 world.

#2 Artificial Birdsong and a Virtual Choir

Refresh, reflect, reset... Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg invites you to sit and listen to the dawn chorus, questioning how the city may sound without birds. Through the power of humming Melissa Mongiat, co-founder of Daily Tous Les Jours, highlights a metaphysical connection through music. 

#3 Dopamine Detox & Resisting Surveillance

How many times have you looked at your phone today? Artist Mat Collishaw draws parallels between behavioural experiments on birds and the highly addictive nature of social media. And artist Hasan Elahi explains how a false investigation led to a 15 years project, sharing his personal data and images with the FBI and public.

#4 Sleep Well, Sweet Dreams

How did you sleep last night? Artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and writer Stuart Evers paint a possible future for our sleep and dreams in a 24/7 world. 

#5 Peel Back The Curtain

Slipping between the real and the imaginary. Filmmaker Liam Young uncovers the concept behind his film Renderlands, which portrays a global network of 24/7 workers generating popular Western culture from films to video games.