Jay Bernard: Crystals of this Social Substance: the conversation



On 23 July 2021, artist Jay Bernard hosted a live conversation around their original sound work, Crystals of this Social Substance, at the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion. Crystals of this Social Substance is a 41-minute audio commission by Bernard, who invited eight young people living in neighbouring areas of South London to discuss money. In the sound work, we hear them search for the language to articulate their personal relationships to money and grapple with how and why it is unevenly distributed across their city.

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Crystals of this Social Substance was commissioned by Serpentine Education in 2021 for Listening to the City, a programme that animated the 2021 Pavilion, designed by architect Sumayya Vally of Counterspace. Listening to the City drew on Vallyโ€™s ideas of the Pavilion as a โ€˜holding spaceโ€™ for many stories of life in the city, and engaged with the sonic landscapes of specific London neighbourhoods.

The work has now been released on Serpentine Podcast as part of Sound Gallery, a series of artists’ audio commissions which invite active listening. Search Serpentine Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts to hear more Sound Gallery commissions, including works by Brian Eno, Ain Bailey and Torkwase Dyson.

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Live event contributors were Jay Bernard, Lola Olufemi, Marijam Didลพgalvytฤ— and Mijke van der Drift. Each participant was invited to present a proposition for a game about money in the 21st century, as a way to open up an imaginative discussion about our present economic reality and possible alternative futures. Following the conversation, Bernardโ€™s audio work was premiered inside the Serpentine Pavilion.

Find out more here: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/crystals-of-this-social-substance-the-conversation/

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Jay Bernard is an artist from London whose work is interdisciplinary, critical, queer, and rooted in the archives. As well as being a film programmer at BFI Flare, they were named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2020 and winner of the 2017 Ted Hughes Award forย Surge: Side A, a cross-disciplinary exploration of the New Cross Fire in 1981.

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