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Frenulum, HD video, 4m, 2020

'Frenulum' dramatises a controversial real-life operation, following eight children as they perform imaginary tongue surgery on a member of their group, in order to help them speak phonetic sounds from the English language better.

The operation (called a lingual frenectomy) is common across the globe. However, in certain countries such as South Korea, where demand for English is extremely strong, it is also used for the distinctive reason for helping children reach specific English sounds better. Widely disputed by health professionals and local authorities as a suitable procedure for such a goal, it is representative of the physical manifestation of a whole set of global socio-economic-cultural pressures to perfect the English language for future career and life opportunities. It also signifies a wider contemporary phenomenon at play of disregarding medical advice in favour of socio-political views, pressures, and narratives.

'Frenulum' dramatises this encounter, evacuating any adults from the situation, leaving open the question as to why the children are self-performing such a procedure, and in the process politicises notions of children’s games and play.

  • cast
  • Alicia Bramwell
  • Noel Evans
  • Verity Drew Firth
  • Dulcie McEvoy Gould
  • Roman Jameel
  • Zac Pile
  • Konstanza Firth-Radford
  • Anika Selvarajah

  • crew
  • Artist/Director Henry Bradley
  • Director of Photography Marlon Rouse Tavares
  • Camera Operator Rosie Taylor
  • Sound Recordist/Design Oriol Campi
  • Costume Design Immanuela Stawski
  • Music Composition Benjamin Bradley, Henry Bradley
  • Clapper Loader Immanuela Stawski
  • Vocal Coach Consultants Claire Goodall, Kate Montague
  • Creative Producer Phillip Warnell
  • Producer Nikta Mohammadi
  • BBC Commissioning Exec Stephen James-Yeoman

  • supported by
  • New Creatives Scheme
  • BBC
  • ICA
  • Kingston University

  • special thanks
  • Tim Copeck and the Kingston University AV rental department,
Elaine Eaglestone at Casting Kids
Kate, Kate Montague

  • install shots
  • Transmissions, ICA, London, 2020

education
MA Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London, 2015-17
BA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, London, 2010-13

solo exhibitions
tongue, PS2, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 2020

selected group exhibitions
New Creatives, BBC 4 / BBC iPlayer, UK, 2020 (upcoming)
Ventunesimo, Biella, Italy, 2020 (upcoming)
Current Transmission, ICA, London, UK, 2020
A Voice Off Screen, RTM.FM, Art Licks Weekend, London, 2019
GLOSSOLALIA, UKYA, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, UK, 2019
This is not a holiday, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, UK, 2018
A Fluid Haze, Galerie Porta, Ferrara, Italy, 2018
Requiem For a Failed State, AUF AEG, Nuremberg, Germany, 2018
Requiem For a Failed State, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018
ACTS RE-ACTS 5, Wimbledon Space, London, UK, 2018
Who Cares?, Deptford Cinema, London, UK, 2017
Soft Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London, UK, 2017
A Bath of Self-Esteem, Galerie Del Carbona and Galerie Porta, Ferrara, Italy, 2017
Belligerent Eyes, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy, 2016
A Public Hearing, Arts Catalyst Gallery, London, UK, 2016
Not too, Art Licks Weekend, London, UK, 2015
IN THE CITY: International artists exploring the city on a global scale, Hanover Project, Lancashire, UK, 2014 Sensory limitations/explorations, Construction Gallery, London, UK, 2012

residencies
Ventunesimo, Occhieppo Inferiore, Italy, 2019
Phototendering, PS2, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 2019
Ferrara Residency, Resina, Ferrara, Italy, 2018
International Artist-in-residence, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018
Retreat, Paradise Lost, (multiple locations), 2017, 2014, 2013
Belligerent Eyes, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy, 2016
A Public Hearing, Arts Catalyst, London, UK, 2016

selected publications
Proposition Studios, Artist Interviews, 2020
Ventunesimo, Salt Project Collective Magazine, 2019
A Fluid Haze, Filo Magazine, 2018
Who Cares?, Ferrara Residency, 2018
Retreat, Paradise Lost, 2017, 2014, 2013
Tonguing, Roleplay, Animate, Fidelity, Goldsmiths University, 2016
IN THE CITY: International artists exploring the city on a global scale, Hanover Project, Lancashire, UK, 2014

awards
ICA: New Creatives, Comissioned by BBC, ICA and Kingston University, London, UK, 2019
Jerwood Visual Artist Bursary, Jerwood Arts, London, UK 2018
International Artist Fellowship Award, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018 Impact Doc Award, Impact Docs, International, 2017
MA Scholarship, Goldsmiths University, London, UK, 2015 Artist Retreat Award, University Arts London, 2013

talks
Visiting Artist, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London, 2020
Visiting Artist, MA Experimental Moving Image, Kingston University, London, 2019
Rhythming (b), HALLE 14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018
Soundings and Vanishings, The Showroom, (Centre for Research Architecture roundtable), London, 2017