Hannah Catherine Jones, Owed to Diaspora(s), video still, 2019. Courtesy the artist.
As part of (Extra)Terrestrial Currents, Obsidian Coast is excited to present an online commission by Hannah Catherine Jones. This new composition, launched in October 2020, is the latest iteration in Jones’ ongoing body of work, The Oweds, made specifically for online presentation. The Oweds are a temporal form of (self-)reparation, a method of connection with ancestry though sonic ritual using combinations of voice, theremin, stringed instruments and visuals, which are sometimes orchestrated though predominantly improvised.
Hannah Catherine Jones (aka Foxy Moron) is a London-based artist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, researcher, radio presenter, composer, conductor and founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra – a community project established in 2013.
Jones is currently an AHRC DPhil scholar at Oxford University (Christ Church) for which The Oweds will be presented as a series of live and recorded audio-visual episode-compositions using disruptive sound to disintegrate the boundary between theory and practice, and as a methodology of institutional decolonisation.
Jones’ other and previous research interests include exploring the relationship between Afrofuturism and Gesamtkunstwerk through the art-music of Sun Ra and Wagner, amplifying Black Orpheus, and re-queering the Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Jones has lectured internationally, including at Oxford University, Trinity LABAN, Royal College of Art, Kingston, Sussex, Teesside, LCC, ECA, Liverpool Biennial (UK), NYU, Harvard (US), Umuzi (SA), Liquid Architecture (AUS), and has performed widely including at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto), Wagner Museum (Bayreuth), Beirut Arts Centre, Modern Art Oxford, Tate Modern, Serpentine, Gasworks, Guest Projects, Vitrine, IMT, Almanac and Whitechapel galleries (London).