10 Young African Artists You Should Know
Homing is a unique instrument that allows an audience to touch, listen and play their memories of home. Dogs barking, laughter, thunder, traffic, a piano - wherever you may be today, wherever you may live, each string of the artist Jenna Burchell’s touch-sensitive instrument Homing triggers familiar sounds that take you back to that place, real or imagined, where you know you belong, feel safe, breathe easily.
The travelling project Homing encourages audiences to talk about what home means to them in the context of diaspora. It is an opportunity to move diverse people to interact and exchange stories, embracing the differences and similarities that unite them. The continual co-creation of meaning that develops between the artwork’s strings, sounds, and the audience members, is at the heart of this immersive experience. Working together or individually, audiences unfold soundscapes of varying intensities, emotions and meanings.
Art15 marks the debut of Homing in the UK. The audio soundscape allows the audience to travel across South Africa, from Pretoria revelling in its wide-open spaces, local farms and crackling veld fires, to Johannesburg’s bustle and industrial beat, to Grahamstown’s cultural melting pot of poets and musicians, and finally to Cape Town’s windy mountain tops, local ambient and historic harbour. Along side this is a set of strings holding a newly composed soundscape of London, offering an encounter between these unique places.
Jenna Burchell is a South African artist who works in creating immersive experiences. Her work often takes on the form of interactive sculptures, performances and large-scale installations that bring art, technology and people together in meaningful ways. She believes it is through the connection of these elements that we can inspire the future of human experience. Her collaborative process crosses multiple industries and involves communities, places and countries around the world. Stemming from her personal experience of living in a diasporic family her work revolves around notions of home, land and cultural belonging.
Link to Homing video: https://vimeo.com/109107616
Image rights: Sulger-Buel Lovell and the Artist
South African, b. 1985