Assembly 2024

Elaine Mitchener presents These Cost the Earth

Sat 23 Mar, 17.30
Chairman's Staircase
New Wing

Elaine Mitchener 's new work will descend and rescale the New Wing staircase in a multi-storey performative cycle.

Made in collaboration with performers Wai Shan Vivian Luk, Tommaso Petrolo, and sound designer Michael Picknett, Somerset House Studios resident Elaine Mitchener presents These Cost the Earth, a new performance work that reflects upon the textile waste crisis, examining the environmental and human cost of discarding clothes to landfill.

Spanning movement, voice, and compositional sound design, the special presentation for Assembly takes Somerset House’s New Wing staircase as its setting, with Luk and Petrolo descending and rescaling the building’s steps in a multi-storey performative cycle for an onlooking audience below.

Attendees to any Assembly event on Saturday can experience Mitchener’s piece as part of their ticket free of charge, but please note that there is a limited, first come first served, capacity for viewing. 


Elaine Mitchener

Working between contemporary/experimental new music, free improvisation and visual art, Elaine Mitchener is an interdisciplinary artist and current DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellow.An exhibiting artist in the British Art Show 9 (2021-22), she is founder of the collective electroacoustic trio The Rolling Calf (with Jason Yarde and Neil Charles), and a Wigmore Hall Associate Artist.

Festival appearances include Donaueschinger Musiktage, MaerzMusik, Baremboim-Said Akademie, Konzerthaus Wien, Radialsystem V, Muziekgebouw, Darmstadt, ICA London, London Contemporary Music Festival, Royal Opera House, Barbican, November Music, Savvy Contemporary, Sons d’Hiver, Wigmore Hall, Haus der Berliner Festspiele.


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