Sound as Weapon, Sounds 4 Survival at Bergen Kunsthall




Bergen Kunsthall

Sonic Acts


Bergen (NO)


Phoebe Collings-James (UK) & Last Yearz Interesting Negro (UK)


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Charting psycho-emotional landscapes and mapping them on to the physical, Phoebe Collings-James and Jamila Johnson-Small work with their multi-dimensional bodies as the primary technology and source material for a collaborative live performance Sound as Weapon, Sounds 4 Survival that is embodied through a symbiotic relationship between dance, music and sculpture.

The group forms a chorus centred around a conceptual deconstruction of ​‘percussion’ as it functions instrumentally and also as a radical proposition to the various ways you could think about the power of ​‘striking an object’ and the impact of the sonic as resonating frequencies and vibrations. Their bodies navigate the sensory labour of being ​‘played’. For each performance of this work, Phoebe Collings-James and Jamila Johnson-Small a.k.a. Last Yearz Interesting Negro are joined by a different cast of three other artists. The cast for this performance will be announced shortly. Sound as Weapon, Sounds 4 Survival is commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall and Sonic Acts as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Based on work originally commissioned and developed by Wysing Arts Centre with funding from Arts Council England.