Samm Anga Artist’s Statement
Where my background in music always flirted with experimentalism, my work with video and sound deals with the democratisation of technology and storytelling. The late incarnation of digital processes into my practice means that I am constantly engaging pre-emptively with ever-newer, simpler technology, striving for an organic, analogue workflow despite highly technical processes. My love for avant-garde jazz growing up highly influences my soundscapes; I find myself painting sounds with frenetic synesthesia, in sync with the colour, pace and form of the accompanying visual field. A childhood of performance has also led to an obsession with the viewer’s journey. I constantly scrutinise my work with fresh eyes, cutting and disjointing, forcing succinct structures to what might otherwise become ostentatious maximalism.
My previous collaborations with Veronica involved creating responsive visual backdrops for my live performances. In collaborating again for this residency, the glaring elephant in the room is the complete and alien contextual societal shift within which we now found ourselves in. Since our last gig, live performances had become prohibited, we live in two separate cities, and most people, including ourselves, currently spent a majority of our time at home shielding from the much-reported Covid-19 pandemic.
Although it was natural to fall into patterns of creativity that we were used to, it made no sense to replicate a live visual or even music video format. I struggled to work with music outside of a context that I had always experienced it from- its relation to an audience I knew would inevitably be present. Instead, my current state felt insular, dormant, stuck within a digital loop reel of lockdown content. This work presents our reaction to that.