March to December 

During 2020, we will be supporting over 40 artists-in-residence whose work will put broadcasting at the centre of our artistic programme to connect with remote and physically distant audiences in a way that privileges listening as much as the transmission of ideas and which builds and sustains radical online communities. 

2020 Residencies

Throughout 2020, online and digital communities will have greater importance as we seek to support and connect with one another throughout the current global health crisis. Through residencies, live broadcasts, podcasts and events we will use digital and other technologies to connect with remote and physically distant audiences in a way that privileges listening as much as the transmission of ideas and which builds and sustains radical online communities.

Artists, musicians, curators and researchers from the UK, Europe, USA, Indonesia, Syria and Uganda will be working with us. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we will be flexible in enabling artists to change the dates of their residencies or change how they wish to approach them. For some, this may mean not being able to travel to Wysing in which case we will ensure that, even though they are not physically present, they will still very much part of our 2020 programme and we will be in close dialogue with them.

A new online portal, and later in the year our gallery, will become an experimental broadcasting space with works produced during the residencies being transmitted. Building on the work of our recent programmes, we will focus on connecting a network of ‘many voices’ made up of those often left out of the conversation, whether due to access requirements, location outside of metropolitan centres, or discrimination due to race, gender and/or sexuality.

Travis Alabanza 
In-residence towards the end of the year, Alabanza will explore queer and trans loneliness, rural transness and radio transmissions. Working with a producer Alabanza will develop a radio for loneliness and will consider how intimacy can be created across space and time.  

Maëva Berthelot and Coby Sey

As part of 'Wysing Polyphonic: The Ungoverned', choreographer and dancer Maëva Berthelot and musician Coby Sey will be working on a newly commissioned performance responding to the festival's themes of deconstructing normativity through collaboration and exchange.

Robin Buckley & Laura Fox  

As an artist, electronic music composer and theorist, rkss (Robin Buckley) takes a critical approach to music with their experimental productions, using sound as a series of gestures to explore complex socio-political issues by working with and pushing against social contexts. 

rkss' live sets fuse unpredictable, divergent rhythms with radical synthesis techniques to reimagine and explore speculative futures, creating space for different ways of being. Their releases Brostep in the Style of Florian Hecker and DJ Tools (UIQ), named one of Pitchfork’s experimental albums of 2018, resist categorisation while questioning established hierarchies within electronic music.

Inspired by the critical essays of Terre Thaemlitz, rkss will be expanding on their practice at Somerset House Studios to compose new work along with a series of immersive virtual installations with Laura Fox. 

West Java West Yorkshire Cooperative Movement (WJWY): George Clark, Ismal Muntaha and Bunga Saigian 
WJWY was initiated in 2018 by George Clark, Ismal Muntaha, Bunga Saigian and Will Rose, as a platform for exchange and collaboration between communities in West Java, Indonesia, focused around the Jatiwangi art Factory and around Pavilion in West Yorkshire. For this project, two artists from the collaboration, George Clark and Ismal Muntaha, will co-ordinate and facilitate a series of transmissions from across each region, drawing together artists and communities connected with the project.  

Ruth Angel Edwards  
Through archival research and collaborative investigations, Ruth Angel Edwards will explore the role of broadcast media in community organising and bringing people together, both historically and looking to it's future positive potential. Edwards will be in residence accompanied by various collaborators to create new works exploring the dissemination of radical and counter cultural material through music subcultures.

Adham Faramawy  
Existing at the intersection of the body and technology, Adham Faramawy’s work spans media including moving image, sculptural installation and print, to discuss issues of materiality, touch, (toxic) embodiment and identity construction. Faramawy will be in residence creating new work which will be presented as part of his Art Night commission in 2021. 

Kelechi Anucha and Carl Gent
Building on research into English folk song at the MERL, Vaughan Williams Library and the Seeger/Lloyd archives held at Goldsmiths Library, Anucha and Gent will spend their time in-residence developing, recording and broadcasting new recordings. Reworking the form of traditional folk songs, Anucha and Gent will look at themes including rurality, sonic commons, narrative tropes, pagan/Christian integration, low/high cultural forms, the radical duality between oral and broadcast communication, and the ways in which folk songs have contributed to varying political projects and have undermined the English imaginary. 

Jessa Mockridge, Rebecca Jagoe, Maija Timonen, Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Anna Zett 
Rebecca Jagoe, Jessa Mockridge, Maija Timonen, Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Anna Zett will be assembling new sound work on ‘the gut’: interdependency, analytic fiction, radical self-love, verbal and nonverbal power and resistance and a politics of listening, to be broadcast from Wysing later in the year. 

Christelle Oyiri-K AKA Crystallmess 
Tackling the subjects of club culture, colonial alienation and alternative temporalities, Christelle Oyiri-K is a sound artist, writer and DJ from France. She will be in-residence for research and experimentation with sound synthesis and field recordings from a research trip to Guadeloupe and Martinique, exploring the intersection of anti-environmentalism, state secrecy and institutional racism. 

Radio Web MACBA: Albert Tarrats, Anna Irina and Antonio Gagliano 
Radio Web MACBA is an online radio project based at MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona that has been active for thirteen years. As members of that working group and also artists with their own individual practices, Albert Tarrats, Anna Irina and Antonio Gagliano will spend their time at Wysing exploring hardware related to broadcasting (sniffers and antenna), building sound libraries, recording with residency artists and testing different methods for sharing embodied knowledge and research. 

Net//Work: Uma Breakdown, Danielle Brathwaite - Shirley, Nikissi Serumaga and Leyya Tawil with David Blandy  
Working in partnership with The British Council and Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, Net//Work is a programme of residencies that investigate digital technologies.

Drawing on his knowledge of digital technology within creative practices, Blandy, who’s practice slips between performance and video will be working with Syrian born Leyya Tawil and Ugandan based Nikissi Serumaga. Currently living in New York, Tawil is a performance and installation artist working with voice, movement and interactive audio electronics, whilst Serumaga is interested in stretching the limits of the screen, looking at the conjunction between physical objects, 3D space and ephemeral moments.  

Joining will be UK-based artists Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley and Uma Breakdown. Working with video game, animation, sound and performance, Braithwaite-Shirley uses digital technologies to archive Black and Trans experiences, whilst Breakdown uses parallels drawn from experimental feminist writing practices, the study of horror cinema and game design to reconfigure art as an encounter with unstable and desirable processes. 

Sickness Affinity Group: Clay AD, Frances Breden, Fee Grabow, Hang Linton, Laura Lulika, Anisha Muller, Romily Alice Walden, Lauryn Youden 
Sickness Affinity Group is a group of art workers and activists who work on the topic of sickness/disability and/or are affected by sickness/disability. They function as a support group that challenges the competitive and ableist mode of working in the arts by sharing experiences and information and by prioritizing the well-being and access needs of its group members. The group investigates accessibility as both a topic and curatorial method and aim to celebrate and create room for non-normative bodies, politics, and desires, as well as offering a supportive environment for fragility and wellbeing.

Linda Stupart
Linda Stupart will be in-residence researching and developing a new body of work. Stupart will also be working with collaborators and fellow artists-in-residence Carl Gent and Kelechi Anucha. 

Hannah Wallis  
Hannah Wallis is an artist-curator, researcher and co-founder of Dyad Creative. She will be in-residence throughout the year conducting research as part of an innovative programme to support the career development of D/deaf and Disabled Curators, in partnership with DASH, Midlands Art Centre (MAC) and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA).

Sophie J Williamson
Sophie is a curator who will be in-residence throughout July. Sophie’s research focuses on latent communications at play amongst the structures and taxonomies that we use to navigate our place within existence: the silences between words, between objects, between individuals, between era, between millennia of rock strata, between the matter of the entire universe, and amongst the infinite quantum possibilities within it.