14 December 2018 – 18 January 2019
DJ Marilyn and Miss Bailey at the launch of Precious Brown, The Candy Bar, 1998
Congregation is a three-part live series that furthers sound artist and DJ Ain Bailey’s ongoing research into how people use sound to create a sense of place. Central to this body of work is the idea of a ‘sonic biography’; the personal constellation of sounds that form an individual identity. In December 2018 and January 2019, Congregation: Club Night, Congregation: Sonic Round Table and Congregation: Performance will consider the ways that communities are formed through the sharing of sounds. During Congregation Ain Bailey is undertaking a production residency in the ICA Studio.
Congregation participants: Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski / DJ Marlon aka The Church Lady, Nana Adusei-Poku, Ain Bailey, Sonia Boyce, DJ Levi, Jockel Leiss, Amal Khalaf, Gail Lewis, ORETHA, Jimmy Robert and Ian Stonehouse.
Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Her current practice involves an exploration of sonic autobiographies, architectural acoustics, live performance, as well as collaborations with performance, visual and sonic artists. Among these is performance/visual artist Jimmy Robert, who commissioned Bailey to create a composition for his 2017 show European Portraits at PEER Gallery, London. Oh Adelaide (2010), her collaboration with the artist Sonia Boyce, has shown widely, including at Tate Britain; the Whitechapel Gallery; and The Kitchen, New York. In 2016, Bailey was commissioned by Art Basel Miami Beach to compose for the Soundscape Park. Bailey also devised a Study Week at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, which considered the role of sound in the formation of identity. In addition, in 2017, Bailey collaborated with Gaylene Gould on the creation of a Sonic Trail for Tate Britain, London. She also performed at Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine!, the 2017 Serpentine Marathon. Bailey is a research student at Birkbeck, University of London (on a break in studies), and was guest professor in sound at Kunsthochschule Kassel for the winter semester 2017/2018. Following a commission by Serpentine Projects, Bailey is currently conducting sound workshops with LGBTI+ refugees and asylum seekers.