Crossing Borders 2019 | 19 November 2019 | 7-8:30pm
Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Leah Clements
Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Leah Clements discuss the unruly powers of the body, social and collective experience and questions about non-hierarchical performance set-ups.
Fernanda aims to create relaxed environments, shifting away from the primacy of the visual in experiencing performance and exploring artists’ and audiences’ agency. Her interest in ASMR leads her to explore how sounds can stimulate sensations and kinaesthetic responses in the body, and how we can allow ourselves to tune into innate gut intelligence while in a relaxed state.
Leah’s practice is concerned with the relationship between the psychological, emotional, and physical, often through personal accounts of unusual or hard-to-articulate experiences. Her work also focuses on sickness / cripness / disability in art, in critical and practical ways.
Born of English and Chilean descent, Fernanda has been working since 2009. Her practice involves dancing/ voicing as political gesture, presenting in established institutions, alternative spaces and club scenes. She is interested in creating work which enables reorientation around otherness; crafting queer spaces where care and consent promote exploration and political activism are main concerns. Working with pop/punk bands, electronic music producers/ artists in music settings and galleries, she has presented and performed in work at E-WERK Luckenwalde for Block Universe, David Roberts Art Foundation, ICA, Barbican, Siobhan Davies Dance, South London Gallery, TATE Modern, Store X, Oval Space, Block Universe, Art Night, Phillips auction house, Palais de Tokyo, Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery, Calvert Foundation, RA, Arnolfini and Whitechapel Gallery. In 2013 Fernanda co-founded the ongoing transdisciplinary performance night London Topophobia. Her Wild Card night at Sadler’s Wells is on 14 & 15 November 2019. Her current project INCHOATE BUZZ is supported by Jerwood Arts and Arts Council England.