Participation artists in residence Laima Leyton and Lexy Morvaridi used a residency studio throughout the summer to work on InnerSwell. Developed as a series of collaborations with people living in the vicinity of Gasworks, the project explores memory and sound, social documentation and the creative process, inspired by Deep Listening.
InnerSwell is informed by the collective power of community activism, localised ‘real politics’ of empowerment and networks of support. It exists to amplify localised community work, offer experiences of the creative process, empower people to create and develop narratives through the use of sound. At the core of the practice, developed over the course of the residency, is a framework that they call The Fertile Dome. This is an accessible physical and proverbial space in which Lexy and Laima provide the tools for people to create using sound as a medium for collaborative and narrative work.
As part of the residency at Gasworks they have been working with local community groups and spaces to sonically document their own importance as assets to the community, and their political value as places of agency and empowerment. One of these groups has been the Triangle Adventure Playground, London's oldest adventure playground - it is a space that nurtures young people to be who they want to be and act freely without boundaries. Working with 8-11 year olds who regularly use the space, InnerSwell are developing a body of work that embodies the nature of the playground both in its documentation and sonics, allowing the participants to shape the creative process in a way that mirrors their engagement with the space.
Photos taken by the children during a workshop with Triangle Adventure Playground, August 2021
Photographs of Laima and Lexy in the studio and a workshop at Triangle Adventure Playground:
Rooted in the São Paulo contemporary art scene, Laima Leyton’s credentials in the world of music are firmly established as one half of Mixhell alongside her husband, Iggor Cavalera, and for her work with Soulwax. Her last work, Home, is a conceptual double album released by DEEWEE in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory that revolves around routine, power, life and death. She has performed her music in people’s homes, creating intimate spaces for audiences to reflect upon themselves. In 2021, Laima will explore opportunities where the audience can experience sound as a reflective and healing tool. With Richard Saltoun Gallery, Laima draws on her multifaceted identity as a producer, musician, activist, artist, mother and teacher to create eight unique sound pieces to accompany the programme On Hannah Arendt: Eight Proposals for Exhibitions, engaging with themes of Infinite Past, Infinite Future and Now, Culture and Nature, Lack of Truth, and Spiritual Science.
Lexy Morvaridi is passionately involved in the UK’s independent, DIY music sector, having worked in various roles as well as grassroots projects and activism; he has an MA in Cultural and Creative studies from Kings College London and currently programs the contemporary music at Southbank Centre. As a British-Turkish-Iranian artist he works across various sound art and music projects that explore the themes of agency and identity. As a curator and producer he has developed various projects including co-founding the Total Refreshment Centre Record Label, producing an Arts Council Funded collaborative album and corresponding youth engagement project inspired by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (18 Artists), released through the cultural platform/label co-founded with his brother, Lonely Table.
Gasworks Participatory Artist' Residency Programme: Bridging Divides a two year programme working directly with artists and migrant communities in Southwark and Lambeth, supported by the City Bridge Trust.