Joanna Penso North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Joanna Penso is a multi-disciplinary artist based between London and York, UK working with sound-led experiments in film, performance, radio programmes and sound installations.

I’m an artist working with sound-led experiments in film, installation and radio programmes. Often my work depicts attempted acts of sonic alchemy; taking samples of abject bodily sounds and using them as material to create ambient harmonic phrases. The idea in this flipping of associations with sound is to question our learnt societal behaviours towards our own bodies and each other’s.

Humans find connection through a variety of codeded language and behaviours- these 'rules'that we call manners can also act as a barrier to each other. This point of rejection is my inquiry; I’m trying to better understand human relationships and challenge those barriers to it using tools of absurdity and body politics.

I have recently undergone a period of development to incorporate performance of live body sounds in my work. Upcoming shows in 2024 are: The Apartment, Bow Arts April 25, 26, 27, & 28th by appointment, Performance at Hackney Baths, London 11 May and a solo show at Garage Gallery, London July 25, 26, 27 & 28th. Recently I have exhibited with Aesthetica in York, at Southwark Park Galleries, London and at Porthmeor Studios Fishermans Cellar in St Ives, Cornwall.


Body Orchestra, 2023 giclee print Limited edition of 50 12 x 12 inches unframed, 2023, £110

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The River in You, Film & Sound Floor Installation, 2023


Digestion Symphony, Single Channel 4K Film, 2022


Pending, Light Installation, 2021


Earshot Series, Bespoke QR Codes linking to audio pieces, 2019-2021


Sanitise Your Insides, Digital Drawing, 2020


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Supper Sonata


An evening of art film & discursive meal sharing with artist Joanna Penso at the next supper club in Bow Arts’ Nunnery Cafe Residency. Sound & Film artist Joanna Penso will present her experimental sound-led film ‘Digestion Symphony’ (23 mins) alongside servings of food featured within the piece.

Expect 5 courses of delicious food, an...

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The Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, London Details

Dada Collective - Ambient Sound Exhibition as part of September St Ives Festival 2023

14/09/2023 — 30/09/2023

An exhibition with accompanying events based on Ambient Sound Artists, located inside a working Fishermans cellar right next to the sea in St Ives.

Porthmeor Studios (Fishermans Cellar),, St Ives, Cornwall Details
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