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Why is Sop Sick?: A film by Vanda Playford & Sop
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Still from Vanda Playford & Sop, Why is Sop Sick?

A work-in-progress screening of Why is Sop Sick?, a film produced through an ongoing collaboration between filmmaker Vanda Playford and artist and musician Sop.

Why is Sop Sick? presents two parallel experiences of reality, each providing insights into the question posed by the film’s title. The first tells a narrative of Sop’s illness, an autoimmune condition, as it unfolds relative to their life events, artistic practice and encounters with medical professionals. The second focuses on shamanic journeys undertaken by Playford, seeking answers from the spirit world as to the source of Sop’s illness. Drumming – a central part of Sop’s musical practice and integral to the shamanic journey – interlaces both realities and engages a third holistic space of unquantifiable experience.

Why is Sop Sick? is commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Spirit of 2012.
Sop is a London based artist, musician and organiser working within collective and collaborative production which spans performances, music, writing and workshops. They come from the queer, DIY, punk scene, and their work centres modes of sociality rather than dominant notions of productivity and wellness. Sop plays in bands Woolf, Child’s Pose and Dead Mans Float and are half of the collective Rita Munus. They have shown work at Cubitt, London; LUX, London; Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Vanda Playford works as a General Practitioner and an artist. Her practice in both areas have come to inform each other following a practice-based PhD at the Royal College of Art where she researched Western medical practice from perspectives of ritual, symptom and storytelling. She has since trained in Mexhica Pactili, a Mexican and pre-Hispanic Practice of medicine, and made films in relation to this work. More recently she has developed an interest in European shamanic healing practices. She practices as a GP in London and has shown works in London, Mexico, Berlin and New York.
03:00 pm
Sat, 26 Oct 2019
Cinema 2

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