Sound artist and DJ Ain Bailey premieres a new work alongside artist and composer Jockel Liess. A sonic comrade of Ain Bailey, Jockel and Ain have studied and gigged together. Liess creates audio-visual compositions that derive from artistic traditions of visual and musical minimalism. For their collaboration, Liess has invited Bailey to respond to a new composition for a joint release on Resterecords in 2019.
This performance represents the culmination of Ain Bailey’s new live commission Congregation, a series of live events produced by the ICA, and is preceded by Congregation: Club Night
and Congregation: Sonic Round Table
The Congregation series furthers 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. With this series, the artist is considering the ways in which communities are formed through the sharing of sounds.
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.
Jockel Liess lives and works in London and studied at the Electronic Music Studio at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2012, and Byam Shaw School of Art in 2000. Liess exhibits his large-scale audiovisual installations and compositions in gallery environments, as well as at festivals and concerts nationally and internationally. In addition to his solo work, he collaborates on a variety of projects with other artists, musicians and filmmakers.