Freya Dooley’s work combines literary and pop cultural references to create unstable semi-fictions and dense soundtracks.
The Host (2019), is a new multi-screen audio-visual work that takes Mark Twain’s 1876 short story A Literary Nightmare as its departure point, in which the protagonist is tormented by an earworm jingle and only finds relief by passing this affliction on to an unwitting audience. Elaborating on the real and imagined experiences of a reluctant host to dream-like states, stubborn parasites and repeated riffs, Dooley explores the effects of listening on our emotional and physical states.
The exhibition also features the recent work Speakable Things (2018) which connects Greek mythology, pop music, opera, television and ‘guilty pleasure’ in a fragmented visual essay. Meandering between lip-syncs and landscapes, song and speech, melody and cacophony, the film's lyrical narratives explore the loss, leakage and leverage of the voice.
Alongside the exhibition is Find joy in these scenes of fruitless labours, Dooley’s new commission in the Café Bar that is produced in collaboration with Foundation Press, an experimental risograph press based in Sunderland.