Loud Bodies: Sonic performances

Lin Chiwei, Tape Music (Score for Musarc), 2015–present

Tensions between the machinic and the human will play out in a performance of Lin Chi-Wei’s Tape Music by the choral collective MUSARC. Drawing energy from the absurd and repetitive actions performed by protagonists in Rottenberg’s films, vocalists assembled in a spiral formation will pass a 200m long ribbon score from hand to hand, vocalising the inscriptions as the ribbon passes, becoming a polyphonic ‘human tape machine’.

Musarc is o­ne of the UK’s most progressive choral collectives. Based at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, Musarc explores making music, listening, performance and composition in relation to the creative process, and music as a social form in the context of architecture and the city. The ensemble, which is sought after for its experimental and open-minded working approach, has been commissioned by major cultural organisations and institutions in the UK and abroad, and regularly collaborates with artists and composers to commission new work that challenges traditional ways of making music, and that brings together art, performance and education.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome
something purple: my whole body overflows with thought

is unfolding always a messy thing?
can you hold me?

we are in translation, transformation, we are constantly adjusting to the heaviness and

lightness of being, adapting to incoming information. seeing, touching, tasting what we are drawn toward and spitting out what no longer can be held

we spread, find fragments, friction and delicious thresholds, here we grow our sensual culture

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome is born of English and Chilean descent, she is a dance artist and choreographer working since 2009. Her practice involves dancing/voicing as political gesture, presenting between established arts organisations, alternative spaces and club scenes.
Choreography, performance and collaboration allow her to create spaces enabling reorientation around otherness. Working with visual artists, pop/punk bands, electronic music producers/sound artists in live/electronic music settings and galleries enables her to reach audiences in environments that excite her appetite.

For Loud Bodies, Muñoz-Newsome will collaborate with South London musician Junior XL. Affiliate of Curl records, Junior XL has previously composed for Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Gery Georgieva and Jamila Johnson-Small, and is currently working on his debut EP.


Loud Bodies is a weekend of participatory events, sonic performances, and a panel discussion, where visitors are invited to unpack some of Mika Rottenberg’s critical themes, usually wrapped in a thick mantle of absurd – and often sensory – metaphors.

Co-curated by Goldsmiths MFA Curating students; Bhav Bhella, Kathy Cho, Lxo Cohen, Oana Damir, I-Ying Liu, Samantha Moreno, Sophie Netchaef, Andrew Price and Annika Thiems

Image credit: Ayka Lux. something purple: my whole body overflows with thought. choreography and performance by Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome