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The Conch: March 2024
WED 20 MAR 2024
Past event

A still from a film by Hannan Jones

Image courtesy Hannan Jones

The Conch is a forum for artists to present work in progress and receive feedback from the audience.

This edition of The Conch brings together presentations by James Jordan Johnson, Hannan Jones and Bint Mbareh.


James Jordan Johnson is of Afro-Caribbean heritage, specifically Jamaican and St. Lucian, and was born in London. He works with performance and research to explore the genealogy of Caribbean performance and material cultures. In his work he explores how this culture creates unreadable knowledge systems. He asks what this might do or undo for socially determined ideas of Black subjectivity and culture making. He is interested in pre-existing or self-created methods of disguise. His practice is grounded in map-making and counter mapping, through walking, route making and object activation.

Hannan Jones is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work looks at hybridity, language, and rhythm, and how these concepts are associated with cultural and social migration. She also explores psycho-geography, the idea that different places can have an effect on our emotion and behaviour. Often her processes begin by working with sampling techniques, electronics and Musique concrète, a type of composition that uses recorded sounds. Her inquiry into sound is not only to reclaim histories but also explore the space between them.

Recent presentations include: Selected 13, Videoclub (2023); David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2023); Silent Green, Berlin (2023); Cafe Oto, London (2023); Edinburgh Art Festival (2022); Well Projects, Margate (2022); Counterflows, Glasgow (2022); CCA Annex (2022); New Radicalisms, (A)WAKE, Rotterdam (2022). Hannan is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, and a 2020-21 Open School East Associate Artist. At present, she is a fellow with Akademie Schloss Solitude x Liquid Architecture for ‘Algorithmic Poetry’ and a recipient of the Oram Awards 2023.

Bint Mbareh works with all formats of sound (radio, live, installation and many others) and is driven by the superpowers of communal singing, human and more than human. The key issue linking her work is the myth of limited water supply, pushed by Israeli Settler colonialism. She was Café OTO’s Youth Music Resident for 2021 and co-founded Exist Festival in Palestine which ran from 2019-2023. She has shown sound and object work at Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, 2022; Mosaic Rooms, London, 2022 and 2023; Unsound Festival at the Lincoln Centre in New York, 2022; Mardin Bienali, 2022, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, 2022, and Al-Serkal Avenue 2023.



  • Event is seated.
  • There is no break out space but participants are welcome to take breaks before and after presentations
  • Room may be dark at times to show presentations.
  • Wheelchair access and disabled toilets are available at this site.
  • Please contact with access requirements.