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Brian Eno, Joe Namy and Sumayya Vally

Becontree Broadcasting Station Launch: Listening with Brian Eno, Sumayya Vally, Joe Namy and DJ Tati

Valence Library

6 November 2021

Tune into the launch of the Becontree Broadcasting Station, a partnership between Serpentine Galleries and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham as part of Radio Ballads, with a special livestream listening session with Serpentine 2021 Pavilion architect Sumayya Vally and artists Brian Eno and Joe Namy.

This listening session taking place at Valence Library will feature a selection of tracks, archival recordings and sound works that suggest an alternative way to experience our changing cities through collective listening. Eno, Valley and Namy will each present a series of sounds comprising music, personal and public archives and broadcasts, to create alternative genealogies and narratives of the city that unravel layers of sonic histories. Vibes will be provided by Becontree’s DJ Tati.

The live audience for the listening session will be made up of community groups and residents of Barking and Dagenham and will be broadcast live online at www.becontreeforever.uk on 6 November, 2021 from 3pm to 5pm for a wider public.

Becontree Broadcasting Station is an online community radio station serving the Becontree Estate and greater London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. We are an open and inclusive radio platform for the local community, and offer free workshops, and a chance to develop your own radio show, no experience necessary.

If you have an idea for a radio program, DJing, podcasts, or are just interested in audio production and radio, please contact jnamy@lbbd.gov.uk to get involved. 

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Brian Eno is a musician, producer, visual artist, activist, who first came to prominence as co-founder of Roxy Music before releasing solo works and collaborating with the likes of Harold Budd, David Byrne, David Bowie, U2, Laurie Anderson & Coldplay among others. His visual experiments with light and video have been seen in installations all over the globe. He is a founding member of the Long Now Foundation, trustee of Client Earth and patron of Videre est Credere.

Joe Namy (UK/Lebanon/USA) is an artist, educator, and composer, often working collaboratively and across mediums – in sound, performance, photography, text, video, and installation. Joe’s projects often focus on the social constructs of music and organised sound, such as the pageantry and geo-politics of opera, the noise laws and gender dynamics of bass, the colours and tones of militarisation, the migration patterns of instruments and songs, and the complexities of translation in all this – from language to language, from score to sound, from drum to dance.

Sumayya Vally (b. 1990, South Africa) carries an obsession for Johannesburg and her work around narrative, identity and memory in the city have admitted her into a host of conceptual and investigatory projects, including a position as assistant curator and film producer for La Biennale di Venezia 2014 (South African Pavilion). Sumayya has recently been selected as a finalist (top 3) for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation architecture residency prize (2019) and was a finalist for the Rolex Mentorship and Protege award (2018/2019). She was recently named to the TIME100 Next list celebrating 100 emerging leaders shaping the future.

Sumayya’s design, research and pedagogical practice is committed to finding expression for hybrid identities and contested territories. She is in love with Johannesburg. It serves as her laboratory for finding speculative histories, futures, archaeologies, and design languages; with the intent to reveal the invisible. Her work is often forensic, and draws on performance, the supernatural, the wayward and the overlooked as generative places of history and work. She is presently based between Johannesburg and London as the lead designer for the Serpentine Pavilion 2021.