Crowd of people at a lice music event with lasers and smoke in The Deadhouse at Somerset House

Somerset House Studios Podcast

16 Apr 2020

The Somerset House Studios podcast is an ongoing series featuring resident and guest artists talking about their work, creative inspirations and urgent ideas of our time. Here's six highlights from the series to get you started.

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Glory to Sound: Wolfgang Tillmans

Resident artist Nabihah Iqbal invites Turner Prize winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans to select 10 tracks that made up his life, taking us from German choral music to Neil Young and Italo disco, via a pilgramage to Crouch End in search of Eurythmics' studio on his formative first trip to London.

"music has a unique power that moves you in a way you can't control"

Wolfgang Tillmans, artist

Ted Hunt: A Sense of Time

Studios resident Ted Hunt reimagines our very idea of time, alongside King’s Professor in Philosophy of Mind Matthew Soteriou. What would happen if we measured time differently?

GAIKA In Conversation with Ash Sarkar

Studios resident and Warp Records artist Gaika talks to Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar about the politics of sound system culture, Windrush and 'SYSTEM', a month-long audio visual installation that took place in the summer of 2018 commissioned by Boiler Room. The installation explored themes of immigration, cultural expression and raw technical prowess which is at the heart of sound system culture through archival source material.

"soundsystem culture represents defiance in many ways"

Gaika, Somerset House Studios artist

Jennifer Walshe: Aisteach, Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde

Recorded at the 2018 edition of Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, Associate Artist Jennifer Walshe narrates a a fictional history of the musical avant-garde in Ireland which spans 187 years, working with a huge team of collaborators and created compositions, recordings, scores, articles and ephemera.

Common Study: Hurricane

Recorded in the Inland Revenue's former Snooker Room, which is now the Somerset House Studios communal hang-out space, Common Study member Louis-Jack explores snooker's intense pyschological nature. He discusses a new film which looks back at the tumultuous life of Alex Higgins, one of the sports most loved and controversial characters, through the lens of the modern understandings of mental health.

Beatrice Dillon: Taut Line

Studios resident Beatrice Dillon presents a multi-channel sound installation co-commissioned in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices. Premiered at The Great Cave, Peak Cavern Derbyshire as part of AND 2017 festival programme, the work was reconfigured the work for The Deadhouse at Somerset House, a rarely accessible underground tunnel running beneath the courtyard, clad with headstones dating from the 1600s, the remnants of a chapel that was formally located on the site.