“Somewhere between the narrow entry of Who I am and What I seem to be, lies a vast and nameless place.”

In this transmission, Axel Kacoutié discovers a new sense of self in the cosmologies, concepts and realities of queer and indigenous folks. What are the links between gender expression and our relationship with the Earth? How does it destabilise colonial and capitalist imaginations of what we’re told a gender binary is meant to be?

Featuring the voices of:
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr Alex Wilson
Artist Buitumelo Kotekwa
Afro-Taino Two-Spirit change-maker Cleopatra Tatabele
Scholar and Research Assistant Karyn De Freitas
Transmasculine, non-binary scholar and Founder of the Free Black University, Melz Owusu.

Artwork by Erin Tse

Development Producer: Eleanor McDowall
Assistant Producer: CA Davis
Additional Recording: Heidi Chang and Israel Ramjohn
Sound Design, Music and Mixing Production: Axel Kacoutié
Produced by Axel Kacoutié
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

All the Names Given as it’s meant to be heard, narrated by Raymond Antrobus

Throughout, the audiobook is punctuated with [Caption Poems] partially inspired by deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim, which attempt to fill in the silences and transitions between the poems, as well as moments inside and outside of them. Direct, open, formally sophisticated, All the Names Given breaks new ground both in form and content: the result is a timely, humane and tender book from one of the most important young poets of his generation.

©2021 Raymond Antrobus (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Original Music by: Axel Kacoutié

Produced by: Eleanor McDowall

Mixed by: Eloise Whitmore

Interludes is a collaboration between Shade Podcast and Axel Kacoutié featuring six contemporary artists: Amy Sherald, Ming Smith, Phoebe Boswell, Rahima Gambo, Nnena Kalu and Cassi Namoda.

Framed by the question “What does healing sound like?”, these podcasts offer a visceral connection with the artists’ work. In each episode we weave the artists’ reflections through Axel’s original soundscapes, as a collaborative exploration of their creative experience.

Interludes opens an alternative space. The aim is to soften our tendency to intellectualise artwork, and instead create a sonic texture that is more intimate in its connection with the artist.

Concept & Production by Lou Mensah
Created by Axel Kacoutié

Supported by Hauser & Wirth
Artwork by Erin Tse
Animated by Luke Dye-Montefiore

Supported by Frieze Membership

John, constantly stepped on as one of society’s rank and file, decides he will claim the silver spoon from the metropolitan elite

He tries to blend in, presenting himself as someone who dresses well, someone who belongs. Sunny however, who’s born into wealth, sees through his disguise. With that, any hopes John has of being welcomed with open arms vanishes.

That evening at Sunny’s apartment, Sunny and her boyfriend Tom host a gathering. Drinks flow, intellectual conversations about nothing, life is good. Outside the apartment however, John and others like him desperately search for an opening to access the apartment. As one of the guests arrives late, it creates the perfect opportunity, allowing John and the other to make their way in.

Blissfully unaware until it’s too late, Sunny, Tom and the others soon find themselves relegated to the status of the guests in their own home as John is finally able to enjoy the finer things in life.

 

Directed by Ajuán Isaac-George
Score by Ioana Selaru

Decode returns for a second series to go deep inside another iconic UK rap album, track by track, week by week, line by line, beat by beat. What masterpiece is being dissected this time? Say hello to Skepta’s award-winning Konnichiwa, from 2016. Hosted by Kayo Chingonyi. A Reduced Listening Production for Spotify Studios UK.

Written in collaboration with Ioana Selaru. An Afonica Sound production for BBC Radio 4

About: Alternative reality drama. Extended Life Syndrome (ELS) is a rare genetic condition that makes some people live twice as long. But would you want it? Now think again. Would you?

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Music composition for the 20 year anniversary of adidas’ Y-3 campaign

Chapter 1

Chapter 1.5 feat Ioana Selaru

Production Credits:

Photography: Gabriel Moses
Creative Direction: Jamie Reid
Styling: Robbie Spencer
Movement Director: Blackhaine
Makeup: Nami Yoshida
Hair: Kiyoko Odo
Casting: Sarah Small
Set Design: Samuel Overs

Groomer: Nao Gayoso
Retouch: Studio Private

Editor: Joseph Taylor (The Assembly Rooms)
Colourist: Adam Kaniowski (Grain Post Production)
Online Editor : Matthew Blacklock
Online Editor: Otis Tree

Talent: Zinedine Zidane, Joe Grey Adams, @invuharry, Marcelo Zhang, Max Cookward, Ratiba Ayadi, Isabel Phua, Nandi

Production: Farago Projects

Ilya Kaminsky, I See a Silence
Ukrainian/American poet Ilya Kaminsky’s work Deaf Republic was heralded as one of the most original books of 2019.

I See a Silence, his new lyric work for Artangel, combined poetry and prose to form the centrepiece of a soundscape for walking the Ness, produced by acclaimed audio designer Axel Kacoutié with the voices of Neil Brennan, Ilya Kaminsky and Zakia Sewell.

Drawn to the singular ecology of the landscape and the flora and fauna that both preceded and survived decades of weapons research, Kaminsky’s ‘poetry of place’ uncannily evoked a landscape of the imagination. The journey began at the Bomb Ballistics building, where a panoramic viewing platform looks out across the vast shingle stretching towards the sea.

Visitors were able to experience I See a Silence whilst wearing headphones and walking between the different buildings on Orford Ness.