Art Assassins takeover the Bivvy Broadcast

Art Assassins takeover the Bivvy Broadcast

Embedded artist in residence Dawn Scarfe teams up with South London Gallery's youth forum, the Art Assassins

Dawn's Bivvy Broadcasts stream live ambient sound through the night from 11pm - 7am. They are set up after dark using a small microphone and tenuous 3g connection. Listeners are offered a window into the nocturnal sounds of the forest whilst keeping vigil over Dawn’s situation as she sleeps out in a bivvy bag on the forest floor. Her location remains secret until the broadcast has finished.

Working with Dawn, the Art Assassins will disperse into small groups to explore different parts of the forest in the dark, maintaining remote contact with each other using radio. Over the stream of ambient sound they will offer a commentary on their unfolding experience, attempting to decipher and share what they think they are hearing.

Saturday 6th Sept 11pm - Sunday 7th Sept 7am 
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Dawn Scarfe, Bivvy Broadcast

In the build up to the Bivvy Broadcast the Art Assassins, many of whom have little experience outside of the city, have been honing their survival skills through a series of workshops at the gallery in order to fully prepare themselves for a night sleeping outdoors on the forest floor. You can follow how the group are getting to grips with the Principles of Bivvying & Making Sense of the Dark, on our blog here.

Dawn Scarfe
"Sleeping out in unfamiliar woods in complete darkness I've had some of the most intense listening experiences I can remember. I'm interested in how the Art Assassins will respond to this unique situation. Radio has long been their medium of choice, and their commentary could help to convey some of the suspense of the activity. It will also be another opportunity to gather responses from remote listeners in more civilised surroundings. The discrepancy between how sounds are interpreted in and out of situ has been one of the most interesting aspects of this project."



Dawn Scarfe is artist in residence with Forestry Commission England through Sound and Music’s Embedded programme which places composers with leading national arts organisations.

 The Art Assassins are supported by Oscar Murillo’s Lottery and Chelsea Arts Club.

We believe that Forest Art Works. Since 1968 England’s Public Forest Estate has played host to artworks and initiatives across artforms. We believe that woodlands and forests are vital places for contemporary artists to engage with, to make and present new work. Forest Art Works is a new partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England to support achieving great art and culture for everyone in England's public forests.
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