Cally Spooner


Cally Spooner is a British-born (b.1983) London-based artist and writer. Drawing from pop music, current affairs, corporate rhetoric and philosophical writing, Spooner’s projects address automated behaviour, outsourced subjectivity, mutated human resources and the short-circuiting of language in today’s attention economies. Appropriating different performance genres such as the musical, the television commercial and the radio play as both forms and a reference, Spooner considers how the extreme visibility of entertainment sits in relation to dematerialized, indeterminate and unmediated performance, and to the movement and behaviour of speech. Following her large-scale touring musical And You Were Wonderful, On Stage (2013)—commissioned and presented by Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Performa 13, New York; and Tate Modern, London—Spooner is currently producing a film based on the musical that will be made at EMPAC, New York, in 2015. This work follows on from Spooner's Frieze Sounds commission at Frieze New York, and will be produced in partnership with High Line Art, New York. Future projects also include a presentation for the Future Generation Art Prize, and a solo exhibition at gb agency, Paris (all 2014).