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Joseph Young


Joseph Young is sound artist based between Brighton, Berlin and Bray.

Joseph’s practice engages with the contemporary sound world to consider what it has to tell us about the prevailing culture and social conditions. It begins with the creative process of soundwalking – listening to, and then recording everyday sounds, to engage in a deeper and more immersive understanding of place. He utilises the binaural recording technique to capture sonic environments, a process in which the entire body becomes a microphone.
Joseph’s sound works are held in several permanent collections and his installation and performance practice has been shown extensively in the UK and internationally including: Seoul Art Space Mullae, British Ceramics Biennial 2017, Towner Art Gallery, Shetland Museum & Archives, Errant Sound Berlin, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Pallant House, Jerwood Hastings, Estorick Collection and Seoul Museum of Art.

Joseph’s research project takes the Brabazon family archive as a starting point to explore the complexities of the Killruddery estate in Bray, County Wicklow, in order to uncover new ways of telling the story of an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family and their place in the Irish landscape, from 1618 to the present day.

Through conversations with the family, exploration of the written archive and recording the landscape in which the archive is contained, the research explores the idea that the archive is haunted by its own histories and that through auto-topographic research strategies these ‘spectres’ (Ed. Fink, Kohl & Siegert, 2020) can be amplified and placed within a theoretical and site-specific context to examine their potential as a metaphor for social change.

Joseph Young
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