More Than Two: Omnibus

Art at Reading’s Jasmine Johnson spends one week in residence in the Level G Studio, transforming it into a recording studio to develop an audio work with a host of collaborators.

This residency is part of Johnson’s ongoing project, More Than Two, which is centred around a real community of London-based queer and polyamorous identifying individuals conversing about their future prospects.

The residency will culminate in the recording of More Than Two: Omnibus (a concept album), and a free live performance in the foyers on Sunday 16 December.

In 2017 Jasmine Johnson was a participant of alt.barbican, a Barbican and The Trampery artist development project for artists working at the intersection of art, technology and entrepreneurship.

Performance
Sun 16 Dec, 4pm, FreeStage on Level G, Free

More Than Two: Omnibus is a performance of all the ‘episodes’ developed as part of Johnson’s ongoing project More Than Two initiated in June 2017. Episodes are based on the accounts of a constellation of individuals who mediate ‘alternative relationships’ via screens. Using earpieces, the performers reproduce the words, utterances, intonation and pacing of conversations alongside musical accompaniment. Subjects such as coming out, sex apps and reproduction are handled with humour and anxiety.

Sound recordings from discussions, interviews and real dates inform the piece, with interviewees becoming embedded overtime, eventually becoming collaborators and devising the musical elements of the performance.

Previous episodes of More Than Two have taken the form of a 16-minute performance in the Barbican’s Fountain Room in November 2017, a live radio broadcast on Eddie Peake’s Hymn Show, and an exhibition at Almanac Project Space (both 2018). Each episode builds sequentially on the last.

The performance duration is approximately 50 minutes and will be presented by the full cast of project collaborators.

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