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The Den 1
About this work
Sop, July 2020
The Den 1 was commissioned and supported by Artquest through the WFH Residency and by Unlimited, with funding from Arts Council England.
Den 1, by Sop, July 2020, Wav audio file, 194.4 MB and transcript for single play use, and a second WAV audio file as exhibition copy for looping (exhibition copy not available on the catalogue) (the audio file and transcript should always be offered together).
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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’.
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 Child’s Pose, drum in Woolf and their solo project is called dmf.