Approved: 10.02.2010

Joseph Young

Artist, Consultant, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 10.02.2010



    Artist Statement

    Celebrating Urban Noise
    “As an only child, I passed the time by collecting things… and later when my parents bought me my first cassette recorder, I collected sounds.”
    (The Family Album, 2005)

    My practice engages with the overwhelming clamour of the global soundscape through installation and performance, to unpick and reframe the notion of noise as unwanted signal. I define noise as a unique spectrum of sound, lacking in any inherent moral or social agency.

    I utilise binaural sound recording techniques (microphones worn in the ears like personal stereo headphones) to uncover the wealth of sonic detail buried within the drone of contemporary life. By mediating the listening process through the creation of sonic narratives, I invite my audience to re-contextualise their experience and to prioritise listening over the dominant visual sense.

    Field recording then is the basis for my practice, utilising location sounds as building blocks in a compositional process of crafting sonic events and objects that represent and interpret notions of place, intervention and landscape.

    Whilst the machine age may be over, the post-digital landscape in which we find ourselves has many striking similarities to the early decades of modernism, which I aim to reflect upon in my practice. This expresses itself as sonic activism, exploring online remix cultures and the Creative Commons – recycling and repurposing the digital junk of a global marketplace. Whether recording and reworking the views of the public about democracy in Revolution #10, or adapting the gentle sounds of Berlin coffee shops to evoke a “shoreditchification” of the local high street – the simple act of listening can become a revolutionary intervention in an increasingly corporatisedpublic space.

    CV & Education


    2003-05:  MA Design by Independent Project, University of Brighton

    1999-00:  Certificate in Multimedia (Digital Arts) Lighthouse, Brighton

    1979-82:  Graduate Diploma in Acting, Drama Centre London



    2014:     Revolution #10
    Brighton Digital Festival commission (solo show)

    2014:     The Growing Manual
    Seoul Museum of Art (group show)

    2014:     The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing
    Lewis Elton Gallery, Guildford (solo show)

    2013:     Knitting Time
    with Colin Hambrook, Pallant House Gallery and Touch Art Fair (group show)

    2012:     Return of the Listening Ears
    51º Zero Festival, Visitor Information Centre, Rochester (group show)

    2011:     Base Sound :: Sonic Gold
    Sound installation for iPods; a commission for HOUSE festival, Brighton (solo show)

    2011:     The End of Listening
    a&e gallery, Brighton (solo show)

    2010:      Blast Theory Residence

    2008:      Past Performance Is No Guarantee Of Future Results
    Blank Gallery with Rachel Gadsden, Abigail Norris and Rowena Easton (group show)

    2006:      Redoubt Re:Play (group show)
    Sound installation for iPods at the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne

    2006:      The Family Album (group show)
    Sound installation for Sonic Arts Network Expo 2006, Manchester

    An edition of The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing has been acquired by the Estorick Collection, London.



    2014:     The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing
    Performance installation at Estorick Collection, London

    2013:     Kinetica Art Fair, London
    Sonic Baton

    2012:    Final Light
    Sonic Baton and Text performance at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

    2012:    Requiem for Grey Area
    Performance with Sonic Baton, Grey Area Brighton

    2011:    Concerto for Brutalist Buildings
    Site-specific performance, part of Common Sounds at the former Commonwealth Institute, London

    2010:    The moment I saw you I knew I could love you
    UK performance tour with Curious

    2010:    Start! A NeoFuturist Opera in 5 movements
    Site-specific collaboration for World Listening Day

    2010:    Active Crossover II
    Sound art performance with Simon Whetham at Grey Area, Brighton

    2009:    At Abrahams Symposium, London
    Sound & text performance with Rowena Easton and Mike Blow of Neo Futurist Collective

    2009:    Drive Thru Silence and the Green Belt Takeaway
    Participatory street performance with CiCi Blumstein

    2009:    A Call to Arms
    Site-specific performance commission for Fuse Medway Festival, Kent with Neo Futurist Collective

    2009:    Undercurrents
    Sound & text performance at Grey Area, Brighton

    2009:    The Singing Fool
    Binaural performance at University of Central Lancashire

    2008:    ReAwakening of a City NYC
    Commissioned walking performance on Wall Street for Conflux ’08 with Neo Futurist Collective

    2008:    ReAwakening of a City
    Collaborative performance for Sonic Arts Network Expo ‘08

    2007:    A rush of words to the head
    Sound & text performance Betsey’s Salon, The Flea Pit, London

    2006:    Faith #1
    Audiovisual performance with Jocasta Lucas at Whitechapel Gallery



    2010:             British Waterways sculpture trail
    Composition for public artist J Kay Aplin

    2010:             Me: Outside In
    Film soundtrack for Compass Community Arts

    2008:             Architecture Inside Out
    Soundtracks for artists’ films at Tate Modern and Woking Lightbox with Abigail Norris



    2013:     Orchestra of Ringtones
    Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

    2012:    Tate Britain
    Ear Walks and Listening Ears sculpture for BP Tate Together

    2011:     De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    Artist Interpretation Team

    2010-14 University of Brighton, MA Digital Media     
    Guest Lecturer

    2010-11 Edge Hill University BA Performing Arts
    Guest Lecturer

    2010:     Creative Partnerships
    Design and installation of creative learning environment at Filsham Valley School, with Johanna Berger

    2009:     Tate Modern - The Voice and Everything Else
    Voice workshop series and performance with Mikhail Karikis

    2005:      Sonic Postcards
    Workshop Leader for Sonic Arts Network at Lewes Priory School



    2014:     RBKC and Brighton Digital Festival commissions for Revolution #10

    2013:     Grants for the Arts “The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing”, also funding from        Kensington & Chelsea and Brighton & Hove City Council

    2012:     Grants for the Arts “The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing R&D”

    2008:     Grants for the Arts “ReAwakening of a City NYC”

    2007:     Grants for the Arts “ReAwakening of a City”

    2003-4   Equity Trust Fund (2 awards)

    2002:     South East Arts award

    1991:     Best Sound Design, Carling London Fringe Awards