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Den. 1

  • Sop
July 2020
  • Audio
  • Online

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Credit: Den. 1. In copyright

About this work

Also known as

The den. 1


"Artist Sop explores alternative strategies for self-care during the Covid-19 pandemic through a series of meditative sound works. As someone in the “clinically extremely vulnerable” category, Sop was forced to shield during the pandemic. They narrate the process of building a secret den in a cemetery at the edges of a wood near where they live. The den provides a space for respite, deeply connected to nature: a structure of protection and safety in which to take shelter."--From Wellcome Collection's website.

The Den is a series of meditative works in sound and other media that gather material from Sop's regular trips to their 'den'. As someone in the "clinically extremely vulnerable" category for coronavirus, Sop has been shielding. In response to circumstances during lockdown, they take solitary walks at dawn in a nearby wood and cemetery, socially distancing from all but the buried, rediscovering the healing power of nature. There they have made their own secret den, which has become a calm, nature refuge where they can hide in public and go 'off grid'.--Summarised from Artquest's website.


[United Kingdom] : Sop, July 2020.

Physical description

1 online resource (1 WAV audio file (16:52 min.)) + 1 PDF transcript


Edition 1 of 3.




"Sop is a London-based artist and musician making film, performance, sound, writing, and workshops often in collaboration with others who are also chronically ill. They come from the queer, DIY punk scene, and their work centres modes of sociality rather than dominant notions of productivity and wellness. They are one half of Rita Munus, a collective whose most recent project Write It Speak It Move It took place in Cubitt Gallery in 2019. They sing in Chil's Pose, drum in Woolf and their solo project is called dmf."--From Artquest's website.
The Den 1 was commissioned and supported by Artquest through the WFH Residency and by Unlimited, with funding from Arts Council England.

Language note

Audio and accompanying transcript in English.

Exhibitions note

Exhibited as part of the installation 'The Den' at Wellcome Collection, London, 18 May-13 June 2021.

Copyright note

Sop. All rights reserved.



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