Listening Session with artists French & Mottershead

  • Audio described
A photograph of a group of people at an event in the Reading Room in Wellcome Collection. They are all wearing headphones. Behind them are paintings on the wall.
Reading Room event, Susan Smart. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Join a collective listening session in the Reading Room where you will hear ‘Grey Granular Fist’. A voice will guide you through the process of how your body would decompose and enable you to imagine your physical afterlife. Sitting in a chair, you will hear the sound piece relate your body to the sculptures and paintings around you.

For visitors who are blind or partially sighted, the room will be audio described before the listening session – to attend the AD session, be at the Information Desk at 18.20 to meet your Vocal Eyes-trained Visitor Experience Assistant.

If you are unable to come to the gallery, you can listen to ‘Homebody’ from your home simultaneously. This companion piece will guide you through the science of decomposition, the process of social disintegration and the traces that remain once nature repossesses the place we call home. The link to listen will be here on this page on the day of the event.

French & Mottershead will be present in the Reading Room and available for an informal discussion over drinks after the listening session. ‘Grey Granular Fist’ and ‘Homebody’ are part of French & Mottershead’s series ‘Afterlife’.

This event is recommended for visitors aged 14+.

About your artist

Photograph of French & Mottershead

French & Mottershead

French & Mottershead are the UK artist duo Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead. They use video, performance, photography and sound to create subversive, poetic and playful multi-artform experiences, often inviting participants to become active collaborators in artworks that disturb and develop their sense of self. French & Mottershead have shown work in galleries across the UK and internationally, including Tate Modern and the Photographers Gallery in London, Salt in Istanbul, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PiCA) in Western Australia.



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Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

First come, first served

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee a place on the day. Doors usually open 15 minutes before an event starts and we advise arriving before the scheduled start time to claim a place. We hold some spaces for people with access requirements. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

Audio described

This event will be audio described for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Places are free but very limited. If you would like to come along, email or call 020 7611 2222.

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