Hannah Sawtell's multi-disciplinary practice considers the manifestations and manipulation of surplus cultural production, the noise of the document and a language of editing that designates the screen as a lens.
Hannah Sawtell lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and events include Piano Lesson, Vilma Gold, London (2012); ICA Artist Film Club, ICA, London (2011); LUX Touring Programme 2011/12, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Tramway, Glasgow and First Site, Colchester; Exploring The Abstract, Tate St Ives (2011); Serpentine Cinema, The Gate, London (2010). Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at ICA, London and Out of Focus, Saachi Gallery, London.
This project continues a series of co-produced residencies, exhibitions and broadcasts at the Clocktower Gallery and online at ARTonAIR.org. This ongoing project brings together artists who in various ways negotiate the space of transition between aural and visual modes of production and dissemination, investigating how music and noise function as a forms of cultural disruption, charged with the potential to collapse genre boundaries and subvert social and cultural institutions.
The Island is a new non-profit initiative, founded and directed by Andrew Bonacina and Victoria Brooks, which functions as an itinerant cultural embassy for the visual arts. The Island has collaborated with over one hundred artists and collaborated with international partners such as British Council; Art International Radio, New York; Art Dubai Projects, UAE; International Project Space, Birmingham; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; Darb 1718, Cairo; Vasl, Pakistan; ArtSchoolPalestine, Ramallah and Delfina Foundation, London.
The Island’s Clocktower Residency forms part of an ongoing collaboration between the two organisations, inaugurated in 2010 with a regular radio broadcast by The Island for AIR that presents on-site recordings of UK-based performance, music, talks, artist interviews and specially commissioned artist projects. View The Island segments archived in partnership with ARTonAIR.org here.
The first resident in the series was artist Haroon Mirza (Feb.-March 2012).
More information can be found on project on The Island’s website: www.theislandarts.org
The Island Studio Sessions is supported by The British Council. With additional thanks to Stephen Kirk, Rachael Lawe and Harvey Somerfield.