The Den is a series of meditative works in sound and other media that gather material from Sop’s regular trips to their ‘den’. As someone in the “clinically extremely vulnerable” category for coronavirus, Sop has been shielding. In response to circumstances during lockdown, they take solitary walks at dawn in a nearby wood and cemetery, socially distancing from all but the buried, rediscovering the healing power of nature. There they have made their own secret den, which has become a calm, nature refuge where they can hide in public and go ‘off-grid’.
Sop is a London-based artist and musician making film, performance, sound, writing, and workshops often in collaboration with others who are also chronically ill. They come from the queer, DIY punk scene, and their work centres modes of sociality rather than dominant notions of productivity and wellness. They are one half of Rita Munus, a collective whose most recent project Write It Speak It Move It took place in Cubitt Gallery in 2019. They sing in Child’s Pose, drum in Woolf and their solo project is called dmf.
Part two of The Den was commissioned and supported by Disability Arts Online as part of its Covid Commissions programme, and by Unlimited, with funding from Arts Council England. It deals with the period when lockdown began to be eased but people shielding remained inside.
The final part in the sound work, The Den 3 is commissioned and supported by Wellcome Collection and by Unlimited, with funding from Arts Council England, where Sop will address living through the upcoming winter season.
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