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Hannah Sawtell: The Island Studio Sessions

Hannah Sawtell's multi-disciplinary practice considers the manifestations and manipulation of surplus cultural production, the noise of the document and a language of editing that designates the screen as a lens.

Hannah Sawtell lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and events include Piano Lesson, Vilma Gold, London (2012); ICA Artist Film Club, ICA, London (2011); LUX Touring Programme 2011/12, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Tramway, Glasgow and First Site, Colchester; Exploring The Abstract, Tate St Ives (2011); Serpentine Cinema, The Gate, London (2010). Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at ICA, London and Out of Focus, Saachi Gallery, London.

This project continues a series of co-produced residencies, exhibitions and broadcasts at the Clocktower Gallery and online at This ongoing project brings together artists who in various ways negotiate the space of transition between aural and visual modes of production and dissemination, investigating how music and noise function as a forms of cultural disruption, charged with the potential to collapse genre boundaries and subvert social and cultural institutions.

MAYDAY: The Booth

Listen to the recording of this event HERE. Hannah Sawtell's MAYDAY:THE BOOTH was a live radio broadcast for The Island on which was presented during ‘lunch-hour’ 13.00 to 14.00 (EDT) on 1 May 2012 from the Clocktower in Downtown Manhattan. 

MAYDAY:THE BOOTH is created from recordings, collaborations and contributions from workers who have responded aurally to the idea of 'May Day' (International Worker's Day) and what it means to them today. It was broadcasted live against the backdrop of immigration law demonstrations in the U.S. and the occupy solidarity rally at Union Square, Manhattan.