JESSICA MARLOWE BA(hons)Fine Art, MA Sound Post Production

1-Boiler-house-5-web Sounds of Cazenove Walk 2014

Jessica Marlowe is an interdisciplinary artist, musician,composer,songwriter and sound designer.

She works professionally across the disciplines of visual art,film ,music and theatre.

As an artist she makes participatory socially-engaged artworks mostly within community spaces and public spaces including museums and galleries.

Her work is currently focused on exploring the complex nature of identities in relation to place,oral tradition and cultural transmission.This includes storytelling through songs of the diaspora, the migration, evolution and sometimes disappearance of oral tradition in contemporary society,through movement of people across continents and land.

Recent works include ‘Our Voices’ an art commission for the Wellcome Collection exhibition Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond 2016, working with a group of artists with mental health difficulties at Core Arts over a period of three months, to co-produce a series of audio works for headphones, curated as part of the exhibition and available online. ‘Ladino Speaker’  is an ongoing piece of work and research ,part of which was exhibited at the Ben Uri Gallery last year as part of the ‘Unexpected,Continuing narratives of identity and migration’ exhibition and the 100 for 100 exhibition at Christies . A performance of Ladino songs as part of the ‘Ladino Speaker’ project at Cambridge University during the ‘Forced Migration in the Ottoman Empire’ conference within the Archaeology Department.

As a  singer,composer and songwriter,she has performed and produced three albums.This also informs her current practice and interest in oral tradition through music and song.

Other recent works include the ‘Sounds of Cazenove’ a sound installation and performed sound walk in the ward of Cazenove, Hackney for the ‘Side by Side’ exhibition at Hackney Museum which  was part of the national ‘Our Museum’ Project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation looking at how museums engage with local communities and their collection.

Three artworks were made as part of the project exhibition at Hackney Museum, including a performed walk with 40 participants from different communities taking part around the Cazenove ward as part of the ‘Sounds of Cazenove’ project.

The performed walk which worked in parallel to the sound installation in the museum  and was an opportunity for audiences to meet the voices of local poets,singers,cooks,religious figures,social reformers and historians of both past and present and listen to performances at specific points and buildings on route.

As a sound editor and mixer she has worked on independent shorts,artist films animation, television,radio and feature films. She has also directed and makes short films .

In 2007 she was nominated for The Verna Fields award for Best Sound Editor at The Golden Reels Awards in Los Angeles.

As well as working collaboratively she also works independently as an artist and works on ambitious educational and participatory projects with young and older people in educational and community settings.

As a composer and musician she has written soundtracks for film and theatre,this includes past work as member with the company Uninvited Guests.


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