I am currently working in collaboration with students at Manchester School of Art, to develop a live work for the Interruptions series at the Holden Gallery, Manchester. More information on the project below:

In the dark times. Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.
Bertolt Brecht, 1939

What does a song mean? It depends who’s singing it, how, and where.

In 1979 Robert Hazard penned Girls Just Wanna Have Fun whilst lying in a motel bath. The song told of a woman-obsessed lothario; fortunately it never made it past the demo reel. Four years later, Cyndi Lauper – having found the lyrics of the original to be too misogynistic - switched the line: “All my girls have got to walk in the sun,” to “I want to be the one to walk in the sun,” and released it as her first major single. The track went on to gain recognition as a feminist anthem with Lauper describing it as a song, “for all the women around the world to remember our power”.

Dark Times Karaoke Club is a project about remembering our power in dark times; we might even find some hope along the way. We’ll work together as a group across a series of sessions exploring our relationship(s) to popular music; reworking songs to ‘sing’ about what matters to us. The project will conclude with an artist-karaoke-night.

More information here.

With thanks to:
Zoe Watson, Curator, Holden Gallery, Manchester
Elly Lukoszevieze, Assistant Curator, Holden Gallery, Manchester

Commissioned by:
Holden Gallery, Manchester