working on/working through/working with

A mix for indoor listening, with Katherine MacBride, Louise Shelley and The Voice of Domestic Workers, and Taraneh Fazeli
Broadcast available from 1 May 2020, 10 am, via Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee

This broadcast brings together fragments of the text Labour of Love by curator Taraneh Fazeli, sound recordings made by curator Louise Shelley and support network and campaign organisation The Voice of Domestic Workers, and sonic materials from artist Katherine MacBride’s research into a mix that invokes connective listening. This recording will be made available on Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee’s website from 1 May 2020, 10 am.

This event concludes Katherine MacBride’s residency at HMK, which was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of an event at HMK, Katherine presents parts of her research through this listening session presented together with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee.

Katherine MacBride’s presentation concludes the research chapter Work within HMK’s 2020 programme Slow Burn. The programme examines care within the context of small institutions and asks how we can build practices and spaces of care within the limits of an exploitative system, with which we are all complicit.

Taraneh Fazeli is a curator and educator from New York. Her work addresses the politics of health and care by bringing together artists and community groups to examine the temporalities of illness and disability, the effect of life/work balances on wellbeing, the over-valorization of independence in US society, and alternative structures of support.

Louise Shelley is a London-based curator whose practice has recently included Structures that Cooperate at Cubitt, London, a fifteen-month programme departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist-run cooperative. She was previously Curator of Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom, London, where she ran Communal Knowledge – a series of collaborative projects activating approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s neighbourhood.

The Voice of Domestic Workers is an education and support group run by and for migrant domestic workers, calling for justice and rights for Britain’s sixteen thousand migrant domestic workers. They provide educational and community activities for domestic workers – including English language lessons, drama and art classes, and employment advice, and provide support for domestic workers who exit from abusive employers. Their work seeks to end discrimination and protect migrant domestic workers living in the UK by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare and legal advice.

Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee broadcasts and produces talk shows, discussions and lectures at art institutes and events. JaJaJaNeeNeeNee is also an online space for audible works of art and sonic residues of artistic research, installations and performances. Their broadcasts offer an intimate space for reflection on artistic practices and communities.

[Top image: a close up image of air bubbles settling in a bottle of washing up liquid. Photography of the installation (before construction work was stopped): Bart Treuren.]