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Interruptions: Freya Dooley

Ventriloquy for radio


‘Ventriloquy for Radio’ is a futile performance for bad listeners. The act of ventriloquism is the act of speaking through something: a speaker, a character, an invented extension of the self. In this new sound work, Dooley explores the possibilities for conversation via polyphonic monologue. Two characters, Parrot and Protagonist, are folding in on themselves in their shared domestic space.

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About the Artist

Working across media, writing is at the centre of Freya’s practice, which encompasses moving image, performance and sound. Recent projects have manifested as intimate installations, visual essays, recited monologues, listening events and collaborative fictions. The work often operates in anxious states: attempts to articulate an inside-turned-out. In her work, seemingly disparate threads interweave via meandering anecdotes, pop-culture references and invented truths. Forthcoming projects include the Jerwood Solo Presentations at Jerwood Arts, London in 2021, and new writing for Maintenance, a collaborative publication project curated by Yellowfields. Recent solo exhibitions include Scenes From Between the Mountains and the Sea, Beppu Project, Oita, Japan, 2020, Somewhere in the Crowd There’s You, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2019 and The Song Settles Inside the Body It Borrows, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, 2019.


Read Chris Alton's review on Corridor8.

Part of the Interruptions programme of free events provided by the Holden Gallery.