“Joe Young is one of the most talented and innovative sound artists of our generation.” Prof. Lizbeth Goodman, Director SMARTlab UCD

Artist Statement

In 2005, I graduated with an MA from the University of Brighton, refocusing my practice as an artist. I make sound and performance work for galleries, site-specific spaces and digital media, whilst retaining connections to my former theatre practice through sound design, composition and podcast commissions.

As an artist, I’ve performed and exhibited at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Jerwood Hastings, Estorick Collection, Conflux (USA), Seoul Museum of Art and Berlin MPAI have guest lectured at Edge Hill University, University of Essex, Rose Bruford College, University of Sussex and on the MA Digital Media at University of Brighton. My sound pieces have been published and broadcast by Radio 3Public RecordFurthernoiseOne Minute of SilenceRadio Papesse and Resonance FM.

Recent works include Revolution #10, a participatory public artwork about democracy which was presented at the House of Commons in March 2015 and The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing, an ambitious 6 movement noise opera about artists and austerity. The work toured site-specifically to venues across the UK and an edition of which is held in the permanent collection of the Estorick Collection in London.

Sound commissions include Sound and Music’s Minute of Listening; Sonic Arts Network’s (now Sound and Musiceducation programme Sonic Postcards and Creative Partnerships. Several projects with digital collective Invisible Flock; sound designs for Talawa Theatre Company and Silent Opera; a series of films for Architecture Inside Out; a short film collaboration with Curious for Channel 4’s Three Minute Wonders and soundtracks for dramas and documentaries on Radio 4 and ITV.

As my artist alter-ego, Giuseppe Marinetti, I created the Neo Futurist Collective, a visual and performance art group dedicated to the celebration of urban noise. In 2008, we began a series of works entitled ReAwakening of a City, based on the surviving seven bars of the printed score to Awakening of a City by Futurist artist, Luigi Russolo. Information on the project can be found here and in an interview with Marc Garrett at furtherfield. Other works include a walking performance on Wall Street, as part of Conflux FestivalStart! – A NeoFuturist Opera in 5 Movements for the first ever World Listening Day and Concerto for Brutalist Buildings at the former Commonwealth Institute in London. I have been a panelist and speaker at the Battle of IdeasAt Abrahams and Future Cities on the subject of the legacy of the avant garde.