Text by CLOT Magazine
On November 12, Somerset House Studios celebrates four years of its resident artist community with the first online edition of its annual building takeover series AGM, a special night of live-streamed premieres, collaborations, performances, and experimental DJ sets from their community of artists. Somerset House Studios is home to a community of over 300 artists, makers and thinkers since 2016. With AGA 2020, they are celebrating the importance of collaboration and highlighting the value of bringing people together.
Featuring performances broadcast live from Somerset House, as well as from across the UK and beyond, AGM 2020 premieres five new commissions from a specially curated line-up of artists and writers, including Aida Amoako, DeForrest Brown, Jr., Josiane M.H Pozi, Rian Treanor, Tyreis Holder, a performance from Sarra Wild; and alumni resident artists Beatrice Dillon, Jesse Darling, Klein and Larry Achiampong.
Streamed live from New York, DeForrest Brown, Jr. will premiere an exclusive AV performance drawing upon themes in his 2020 album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry, created in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Writer and critic Aida Amoako will showcase To Explain is to Exorcise, a new piece of visual storytelling created for AGM 2020, where she explores the limitations of language and the anxiety of being misunderstood. Or London-based filmmaker and visual artist Josiane M.H Pozi will showcase, in collaboration with alumni Klein, a new video work exploring the importance of elevation, friendship, and allyship.
When? On November 12 from 17:00 to 23:00. Works will remain available to view online for one month after the event.