Data Elephant is an evolving and confrontational sonic commentary on data, permission and exploitation. A soundscape creates a texture of corporate invitation, eventually subverting its own brand of wholesomeness. A small visible disclaimer allows the artist to record excerpts of visitors’ intimate conversations and adds them to the sonic texture of the room. By physically being in the space, the visitor has ‘given’ their permission, with no control over how or to what degree their data is being used. In this sound piece, disingenuous data collection disrupts the soundscape’s invitation and serenity, gradually becoming more insistent over the course of the exhibition. As the visitors’ awareness is drawn to their lack of consent, it mirrors issues around privacy and fair use of data in the public realm.
The Glass Room is a pop-up tech store with a twist. At first glance, it offers the latest in shiny digital consumer products, such as the newest tablet, fitness tracker or facial recognition software. But as you go inside, you’ll find there is nothing for sale.
Instead, as you look closer at the ‘products’ on display, you’ll see that they are playfully and provocatively selected to turn the technologies we all use on their head. The artworks, design pieces, and ‘Ingenius’ staff welcome you to take a look behind the screens into the hidden world of what happens to your data. Dig deeper into how much we reveal about ourselves by trying out free, alternative apps, taking away the 8-day Data Detox Kit, or interacting with our thematic programme of workshops and events.
The Glass Room is an intervention that prompts reflection, experimentation and play. A place that invites you to discuss how data and technology are changing the personal, professional and social fabric of all our lives and a way of making informed choices in the future.
The Appointment is a film and sound installation which invites you to dig deeper into the experience of reality and your conscious self.
Based on the research of neuroscientist Anil Seth, and created in collaboration with composer Jamie Perera, and director and filmmaker Katharine Round, the installation demonstrates that reality is not always as it seems…
After a great evening testing the concept at the fabulous Open Senses evening in Rich Mix, we're set to do the next piece for the summer.
Sound and Music
Director: Ruth Grimberg
Producer: Katharine Round
Editor: Pinny Grylls
Production company: Disobedient / Wingspan
A moving glimpse into the quiet world of an ordinary English town in Surrey where a group of people have formed their own practical and positive response to the enormity of the refugee crisis. Ahmed is a refugee from Syria. Separated from family and friends and far from home he must put the past behind him. Ingrid and her son Ross have welcomed him into their home, but as they support Ahmed in his efforts to find a new life they find themselves on an unexpectedly rewarding and life-affirming journey.
Whilst many simply watched in horror as events unfolded, others in towns and villages all across the UK have worked energetically to raise money, collect supplies and clothing to send to camps on the frontline. Some have even taken refugees into their own homes, offering them food, shelter and support. They are determined to show that despite the climate of fear there is room for refugees in the UK and they are welcome here.
Additional music and sound mix
Directed & Produced by Katharine Round | Executive Producer Christopher Hird | Editor John Mister
The Divide tells the story of the effects of income inequality through 7 interweaving stories of people at different positions on the income scale, all striving for a better life in two of the developed world’s most unequal countries: the US and UK.
The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
After premiering at Sheffield International Documentary Festival, the film was released in 200+ UK cinemas across 70 cities in Spring 2016 to widespread critical acclaim, followed by a US and UK release on Netflix.
★★★★ "a fierce, unsettling film" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ "jaw-dropping stuff" Evening Standard
★★★★ "the intimate, people-centric approach makes for a more emotional experience than your average state-of-the-economy doc" TimeOut
★★★★ "a sensitive exploration of a vital issue" The Express
★★★★ "a tender, authoritative punch" Total Film
★★★★ "heartbreaking" HeyUGuys
★★★★ "poignant eye-opener" The Upcoming
"timely, emotionally shattering, formidable... This documentary will be seminal; it will be analysed to bits and viewed as valuable testimonial in decades to come" Picturehouse Cinemas
"an astoundingly accurate portrayal of social division...brilliantly shot, insightful" The British Blacklist
"a fascinating social portrait" New Scientist
"manages the trick of turning a data-driven book full of charts and graphs into an interwoven collection of gripping stories." Boing Boing
"The Divide beautifully translates the essence of The Spirit Level into 70 minutes of humanity...this film is a delight" The F-Word
Sonifying a series of mathematical proofs with Oxford's Simonyi Professor Marcus Du Sautoy. Series includes sonifications of Euclid's Proof of Primes, the Square Root of 2, and Thale's Theorum.
Disobedient (Leah Borromeo & Katharine Round) with Jamie Perera.
Climate Symphony tells the story of what climate change means, by transforming climate change data into sound.
Using climate data and field recordings of our most pressing climate issues, we combine science, art and journalism to tell stories sonically and in doing so we contextualise stories emotionally. Climate Symphony is a response to conventional forms of data representation, journalism and interrogation, which often fail to engage audiences with stories and meanings behind the data. Our parameters are clearly defined and our data rigorously fact-checked - yet no one piece can claim to be the definitive document on an issue.
We present sonic interpretations that stay true to the data, which we hope will engage diverse communities, inspire new conversations, draw attention to the effects of our changing climate and affect our understanding of the people and planet behind the stories we share.
Climate Symphony is devised by Disobedient in collaboration with Jamie Perera
"Research shows that sound touches us in inexplicable ways. By using music, the hope is to create an emotional response to something that for many might look meaningless on a page."
Music - JPM
Since Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister in July last year, she or her advisors have made the time to meet newspaper representatives 64 times.
She has NEVER met with victims of press abuse.
TAKE ACTION TODAY by sending a letter to the Prime Minister demanding she meet with victims of press abuse BEFORE she makes a final decision on the second half of the Leveson Inquiry. Go to:
An overall perspective on sonification. Through work with Disobedient (Leah Borromeo & Katharine Round), Marcus Du Sautoy and Julian Treasure from The Sound Agency.
Director: Jezza Neuman
Music: Jamie Perera
- RTS Award for Photography
- Robert F Kennedy Award for TV Journalism
- Emmy Awards Nominee 2013
In the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 16 million children now affected. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life sometimes have to leave their homes with just a few days notice.
This World asks three children whose families are struggling to get by to explain what life in modern America really looks like through their eyes. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, this one-hour documentary offers a unique perspective on the nation’s flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, foreclosure and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected.
Watch on PBD Frontline here
***** Guardian Review: "lightning-speed pianist will make your heart tingle".
Written by Lubomyr Melnyk and Jamie Perera.
Produced by Robert Raths and Jamie Perera.
Released by Erased Tapes Nov 20015
Listen / buy: https://www.erasedtapes.com/release/eratp077-lubomyr-melnyk-rivers-and-streams
Jamie Perera - Sound Design, Art Sonification
21 Nov 2017 - 25 Mar 2018
Enter this participatory installation by artist Sam Winston, exploring perception and spoken word.
After spending a number of weeks in his studio, living and drawing in complete darkness, Sam Winston has created an immersive exhibition which allows you to experience the creative impact of darkness. You can enter a newly commissioned dark room which is completely covered in text that has been written by the artist during the creation of the installation.
Amnesty International - Entry into Force
Sound and Music
Produced by Bob Appleby
Directed and animated by Nathan Bayliss
This video animation is both a celebration of the Treaty 'coming into force' on the 24th of December 2014 and a call to governments around the world to accept and uphold the treaty and put pressure on the world's biggest exporters and importers of arms and ammunition to join the treaty and endorse it too.
Inspiration from the Berlin Wall (see pic below video).
Narrative of Simple Forms
Gallery: Winns Gallery Walthamstow
In sound and media, made in collaboration with artist Nathan Bayliss
From a talk from Duncan Marquiss talk at the Symposium: “Out of Control” event at Wellcome Trust. He mentions the journey of the paintbrush through time, and instantly I thought “what would that sound like? How would it tell the story of the painting?”
As opposed to trying to recreate a Van Gough in sound, I took drawing back to its most simple qualities - shapes (panning on the x axis, frequency on the y axis). The result was Narrative of Simple forms
Idea was to turn the idea of drawing on it’s head, people were given the choice whether to see the visual of the “drawing” or not, and whether the sound moving in their headphones was considered a drawing in of itself.
Very happy to have helped director Frankie Fathers with this.
What’s it really like to be a young Native American? Beset with alcohol and drug problems, this South Dakota reservation is desperate to revive ancient traditions and joins the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline which they say threatens their land.
Pine Ridge is home to the Lakota Sioux and is one of the poorest areas of America with many struggling against drug and alcohol addiction. The Lakota were forced onto the Rez in the late 1800s, their customs and religion stripped away over the decades. But things are changing. Schools are now reviving traditional ceremonies, banned by the government until 1978, and young people are returning to Lakota ways.
The Natives: This is Our America follows a symbolic buffalo kill at Little Wound High and eighteen year-old Arthur’s journey as a new father. Transgender teen Sky and his friends join thousands of other Native activists at the Standing Rock protest camp to protect the Sioux Tribe’s water supply which they say is under threat from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Disobedient with Jamie Perera
Sonification of Donald Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Pullout Speech.
Trump distorts the truth and so we decided to distort him according to the level of porky pie he was telling. You might hear sheep in the background when his people clap for him, personally I can't tell them apart.
Featured in Cafe Oto's "AMPLIFICATION / ANNIHILATION: IN SONIC DEFIANCE OF EXTINCTION" curated by Anja Kanngieser
Director: Andrew Hinton
J.S Parthibhan is a bank manager with a difference: he's interested in people, not numbers. Through micro loans, he helps villagers in rural areas develop a sense of entrepreneurship and self-respect.
Travelling on his moped to isolated villages, Parthibhan has made it his mission to bring his bank to the people, not the other way around. For him, reforming the system should happen at the most basic level: face to face. "It is about more than just dealing with money. It is dealing with people, with their aspirations."
These villagers need a loan for a new kiln. He educates them about money and talks them through the process of opening an account. "If I were a doctor I would care for the people coming to me the same way as I do now." In the past years, he's successfully backed countless similar ventures: "You can talk about financial crisis, but the importance is cultivating people. If you do that, everything falls in to the right place".
Well, this was nice. After a few heartfelt conversations with Grey Filastine, I cycled all over Paris with a massive boombox strapped to my back, constructed a swarm sound system with the Jardin de Alice Hackspace, created ambient loops of nature being fucked over, ticking clocks, swarms of bees, and then just when it looked certain that the police were going to arrest anyone that was walking in groups greater than two, we were freely performing it all over Paris for COP21. It's nice to co-create reactive sound art. Composition can be very passive sometimes.
We also whipped the Saudi embassy. But Al Jazeera didn't show it for some reason :)
Music & Music Supervision
Client: Vice New
In September 2014, VICE News documented the birth of the so-called Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. When students organized a weeklong strike to protest China’s handling of the local election process, the government responded with tear gas. Thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the city’s streets in solidarity with the students and the protesters occupied several major roads for weeks on end.
Nearly two months into the occupation, the demands and resolve of the protesters remained unchanged. They started to become fatigued and divided against each other, however, and public support for their cause began to decline. The movement was under immense pressure to either escalate their action, or to retreat and give back the streets.
When VICE News returned to Hong Kong near the end of 2014 to check in on the protesters, we witnessed the final days of the Umbrella Movement’s pro-democracy demonstrations.
Watch "Hong Kong Rising" - https://news.vice.com/video/hong-kong-silenced
Sound Design and Dubbing Mix
Feature film - 2011
Directed by Isabelle Frémeaux, John Jordan, Kyp Kyprianous
Production : Zones/La Découverte - U.K/France
The future is not what it used to be. Our Utopian imagination has atrophied in the asphyxiating atmosphere of apocalyptic predictions: a climate catastrophe, energy shortages, spreading social injustice, mass extinctions, economic meltdowns and resource wars. It is a lot easier to imagine the world ending than changing for the better. But perhaps it is exactly when Utopia becomes unimaginable that it is most needed.
Many of us fear that radically different ways of living are impossible, but is this fear simply because Utopias have become invisible, eclipsed by the shadows that capitalism throws over everything that refuses to fit its shape?
Just as the storms of the financial crisis began, Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan set out on a journey across Europe to experience examples of post-capitalist living. They were not looking for escapist Neverlands, blueprints for a perfect future or universal systems, but communities who simply dare to live differently, despite the catastrophe of capitalism.
For 7 months they travelled through 11 communities and projects. From a direct action Climate Camp set up illegally on the edges of Heathrow airport to a hamlet squatted by French punks, an off grid low impact permaculture community to occupied self-managed Serbian factories, a free love commune in an ex Stasi base to a farm where private property had been abolished, Fremeaux and Jordan shared different ways of loving and eating, producing and sharing things, deciding together and rebelling. Having befriended the mayor of a Spanish village that had expropriated the local Duke’s land, children who ran their own anarchist school and the philosophical postman of the Danish free town of Christiania, the authors became convinced that within the invisible interstices of the dominant system, the spirit of present tense Utopias is thriving. The recent Occupy movement, with its direct democracy and experiments in micro alternative societies are further proof that there is a hunger for visions of postcapitalism.
From this experience came a film-book, (published by Editions Zones/La Decouverte, paris, 2011) fusing reflective travel writings with an attached DVD. Whilst the book is a rich travelogue, analyzing the communities, their practices and their histories, the film is a magicorealist road movie set in an imagined post-crash post-capitalist future but shot in the style of a fictional documentary during the journey.
Beautifully designed by SKART (who represented Serbia at the 2010 Venice Architecture Bienniale) Paths Through Utopias is a unique publication whose words and images blur the boundaries between the present and future, the imagined and the realised. It makes us crave another way of living, and challenges us to start now. Chosen as one of top ten books of 2011 by French culture magazine Les Inrokuptibles the book film has sold over 12,000 copies and has now been published in Germany (Nautilus,2012) and South Korean (Beautiful People, 2013).
Following the publication in France, the authors left London and their tenured university jobs and are now setting up a radical community on an abandoned farm in Morbihan, France – La r.O.n.c.e (meaning brambles in French - Resist, Organise, Nourish, Create, Exist).
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOdfc0xMKuY
Keep up to date with John and Isa: https://lessentiersdelutopie.wordpress.com/
With Nathan Bayliss (animation) and Richard Peppiatt (film)