This year’s selected artists – Alicia Jane Turner, Julia Koelmans and Laura Guarch – present their works in progress. Each artist has responded to the provocation ‘Culture for a Changing City’ and have challenged their compositional practice to explore new ways of working and provoking dialogue between composers, ideas and audiences.
Find out more about our Open Call artists and their project ideas below.
Alicia Jane Turner is a composer, performance artist, sound designer and violinist whose work spans theatre, live art and new classical music. Her practice focuses on the visceral affectivity of sound in interdisciplinary performance, using sound to ask questions about physicality, identity and intimacy, and the gendered politics of noise.
She was a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can 2018 Summer Festival where her new ensemble works were premiered, and has toured internationally with her collaborative and solo theatre works, including Breathe (Everything Is Going To Be Okay), This Is How We Die and Kissing The Shotgun Goodnight with Christopher Brett Bailey.
Do you remember the sound of the closing door of the house you grew up in? Julia Koelmans is a musician, sound artist, workshop leader and educator, and likes to think about such questions. She started playing the piano as a little girl, practising next to a door that she particularly remembers the sound of. Julia is fascinated by environmental sounds and listening, and explores in her work how we perceive and relate to place. Previous works have been performed and presented at the Barbican Exhibition Halls during Curious Festival, at The Charterhouse during Barbican Open Fest, in Milton Court Studio Theatre and in Tate Modern during Tate Exchange: From Silence, as part of a larger work by Curious Collective.
Laura Guarch is a singer, composer, performance maker and pedagogue from Catalonia based in the UK. Drawing from her rich experiences with a cappella, live-looping performance and busking, her research focuses on creating choral and sonic interventions in public space that respond to citizens’ experience of the city and politics of private and public space. Her recent works include the audio-walk Float presented at Totally Thames Festival 2018, the promenade oratorio Defence to Forbid for the MA Performance Making festival at Goldsmiths College and the sound installation Capses at Inund’art Contemporary Arts Festival (Spain). She sings with a number of choirs and bands in London and has toured her solo project ‘Street Vocals’ around Europe since 2014.