Feeling Thing – A Conversation with Jo Bannon and Julie Rose Bower (online)

The Centre for Screen Cultures is delighted to be running events focusing on sound and the body in 2022-23, starting with a conversation between Jo Bannon and Julie Rose Bower:

Feeling Thing 

3pm, 9thNovember: Feeling Thing – A Conversation with Jo Bannon and Julie Rose Bower (online)

In advance of this event we will screen Jo Bannon’s film Feeling Thing (2021), on which she collaborated with sound designer Julie Rose Bower. Feeling Thing will be available to watch online from 2nd-9thNovember. A vimeo link and password will be emailed to registered attendees.

On 9th November, their conversation will reflect on their artistic practices and collaboration, building on previous events run by the Centre which have explored the creative use of sound, and our current focus on sound and the body.

Feeling Thing invites us to pay attention to the objects around us and experience them as the dancing, feeling things they are. A dance film directed by Jo Bannon for Candoco dance company with sound design by Julie Rose Bower, it features three intimate duets between object and performer, with ASMR sound inviting us into an uncanny space where all things are alive. The concept for the sound was an inclusive sound design that works across sensory difference through a sensibility grounded in touch; touch between performers and their environments and the transitional resonances that sound through persons, objects and spaces.

Jo Bannon is an artist working in performance, choreography and film. Her practice is concerned with how our specific bodies, identities and sensory perceptions impact how we experience the world around us, and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed. Her work is informed by her identity as a disabled woman with albinism and attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviours. Jo has presented work in the UK, Europe, South America, USA, China, South Korea and Australia including Sadlers Wells, Tate Modern, Sydney Opera House, The Barbican, Wellcome Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Itau Cultural Sao Paulo, The Times Museum Guangzhou, HAU Berlin, and the National Theatre. She also work as a dramaturg, educator and writer and is a founding member of artist collective Residence. Recent work includes Feeling Thing (2021) Absent Tense (2020) Kitchen Alba (2020, We Are Fucked (2018), Alba (2015), Dead Line (2013) and Exposure (2011).

Julie Rose Bower creates sound-led performances, installations and videos. Her work as an artist, sound designer and teacher focuses on the cross-modal and embodied qualities of sound and specifically the intersection of sound with movement and touch. She currently teaches on MA Aurality at CSSD, MA site-specific theatre at Mountview and Action Design at QMUL. Work includes the YouTube series ‘ASMR at the museum’, touring work “Foley Explosion”, live “Feminist ASMR” performance series which recently toured to Tokyo for CRiSAP’s ‘Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism’ conference and ‘Meridians Meet’ – an interactive commission developed for WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD: The World of ASMR at Design Museum. Performances have been to Barbican, ICA, Science Museum, SPILL Festival, V&A and Tate Modern. Julie Rose is currently a practice-based PhD candidate in the Department of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Within this she is researching the gender politics of sound and exploring ways of notating non-musical sounds. Her thesis is entitled: “This is What A Feminist Sounds Like: Performed Sound Design from Foley to ASMR”.

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