Foldable Sounds Collective is composed of three artists: Daniela Maria Geraci (IT/UK), Lucy Rose Cunningham (UK) and Isabelle Pead (UK).
The collective formed during the lockdown of April 2020 following the rise of Zoom calls and Facetime windows – once a less prevalent means of communication. Individually dealing with sound as an archival, performative and narrational tool, collectively they interrogate sound’s potential to sonically transport the imagination outside one’s four walls, drawing on a global need for freedom of movement.
The Foldable Sounds project – on which the collective was based – draws on the simultaneously collaborative and independent nature of the child’s drawing game Exquisite Corpse. Placed into groups, participants share sounds, layering and editing recordings together to form a track. With 106 participants to date, the project now has 4 albums of intimate field recordings – the inside traces, spaces of many, folded into each other and shared in email chains of strangers – 4 people per track, maximum 4 minutes of recording, 2 days to pass it on.
Our philosophy continues to be one of sharing conversations that urge a critical questioning of the lack of accessibility and diversity within the far reaching topic of sonic practice, whilst facilitating a growing online community in such isolating times.
Foldable Sounds have been residents of ORBITT Arts Platform, and recently exhibited within ‘Sound Occupations,’ STIFF International Festival, Rijeka, Croatia. They have featured on NTS, Netil Radio, Balamii and Soho Radio, and are current residents of Leeds based DIY station, NARR Radio. Featured articles include SUPERFRIENDZ and ARCCA Magazine. Additionally, the trio have curated work, presented sound workshops and held performances throughout the UK and Germany, namely at Leeds Art Gallery, South London Gallery, London Contemporary Music Festival, HuMBASE Stuttgart, MoM Art Space Hamburg, and Gallerie Kaufhof, Stuttgart.
depart.one nominated Foldable Sounds Collective for the SHAPE artist pool 2021.