Instructions for Living a Life
‚ÄúPay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Mary Oliver
Instructions for Living a Life is a podcast journey by M.J. Harding and Sarah Shin through inner and outer space bringing together sound, poetry and instructions. A proposal for inhabitation as a practice of freedom and beauty as survival strategy, Instructions for Living a Life explores the coincidence of psychic, geometric and embodied spaces through rituals and exercises of listening, dwelling and breath.
1. Sammy Lee (narration)
2. Thich Nhat Hanh
3. Aura Satz
4. Bhanu Kapil
5. Pauline Oliveros
6. Himali Singh Soin
7. Claire-Louise Bennett
8. Tabita Rezaire
9. Nisha Ramayya & Sun Ra
– Field RecordingsBiography
Sarah Shin is a freelance curator and writer and founder of New Suns, a curation and storytelling project from feminist perspectives and practices, which began as a literary festival at the Barbican Centre. She is also among the co-founders of Silver Press and, more recently Ignota Books.
M.J. Harding is a sonic dramaturgist, composer and producer. He trained in music and anthropology at Goldsmiths University. His work incorporates human speech melodies and song, with a particular focus on the role played by criminality and madness. In addition to creating sound and music works, he holds workshops and teaches small classes that explore language, history and embodied practices. His recent stage work Removal Men was nominated for several awards in London.
Claire-Louise Bennett grew up in Wiltshire and studied literature and drama at the University of Roehampton, before moving to Ireland where she worked in and studied theatre for several years. In 2013 she was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize and went on to complete her debut book, Pond, which was published by The Stinging Fly (Ireland) and Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) in 2015, and by Riverhead (US) in 2016. Pond was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2016. Claire-Louise’s fiction and essays have appeared in a number of publications including The White Review, The Stinging Fly, gorse, Harper’s Magazine, Vogue Italia, Music & Literature, and The New York Times magazine. She also writes about art and is a frequent contributor to frieze. In addition she has written for Tate etc., and Artforum, and a number of international exhibition catalogues. In 2016 she was writer-in-residence at Temple Bar Gallery & Studio. In 2020, Milan based art publisher Juxta Press published Fish Out Of Water, an essay Claire-Louise wrote in response to a self-portrait painting by Dorothea Tanning.¬†
Field Recordings A podcast¬† where audio-makers stand silently in fields (or things that could be broadly interpreted as fields).
Bhanu Kapil is the author of five books of poetry/prose, most recently How to Wash a Heart ( Liverpool University Press, 2020) The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat, 2011), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2015). Her blog can be found here.¬†She is also the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry, 2020.
Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow, and is now based in London. States of the Body Produced by Love is her first full-length book published by Ignota. She is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. Her pamphlets include Notes on Sanskrit, Correspondences, and In Me the Juncture, as well as Threads, co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil.¬†
Tabita Rezaire is an artist-healer-seeker working with screens and energy streams. Her cross-dimensional practice envisions network sciences – organic, electronic and spiritual – as healing technologies to serve the shift towards heart consciousness. Navigating digital, corporeal and ancestral memory as sites of struggles, she digs into scientific imaginaries to tackle the pervasive matrix of coloniality that affect the songs of our body-mind-spirits. Tabita is based in Cayenne, French Guyana.
Himali Singh Soin works across text, performance and moving image. She makes metaphors from nature and outer space to construct speculative cosmologies in which human and non-human life are entangled. Her poems utilise a non-linear illogic that invites an alchemical way of knowing the world.
Aura Satz‚Äôs practice encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including Tate Modern (2012), BFI Southbank (2012), the New York Film Festival (2013), Tate Britain (2014), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2014-15), Hayward Gallery (2014-15), Whitechapel Gallery (2016), Sydney Biennale (2016), NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo (2017), Lentos Museum, Linz (2017-18), SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017/18/19), High Line Art (2018), the Rotterdam Film Festival (2013-20), MoMA NY (2020), MCA Chicago (2020), Kadist San Francisco (2020) and Sharjah Art Foundation (2020). She has presented solo exhibitions at the Wellcome Collection, London (2010-11); the Hayward Gallery project space, London (2013); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2015-16); Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2016); George Eastman Museum, Rochester (2015); and Gallery 44, Toronto (2014); among others. Satz is Moving Image Tutor and Reader in Fine Art (Sound and Moving Image) on the Contemporary Art Practice programme at the Royal College of Art.
1: Aura Satz, ‘Tuning Fork Spell’, 2020. Watercolour on black paper, beads.
2 – 5: Ancient tantric art from Rajasthan,¬†India.