Lawrence English: Seirá

In April 2017, English came to Pasadena to research and document, through a series of photographs and field recordings, sites around the greater Los Angeles area where the remnants of WWII air raid sirens can still be found. This new body of work is an extension of English’s recent research into the relationship between sound, music, warfare, and terror.

His most recent release, Cruel Optimism, is a consideration of power, both present and absent. It meditates on how power consumes, augments and ultimately shapes two subsequent human conditions: obsession and fragility. English states, “I’m focused on creating work that opens dialogue towards saying we don’t necessarily have to instantly look for answers or engage in preconceived notions of what we should be doing. We need to ask better questions of ourselves, of each other, of the technology we have at hand and how it is we use them in the day to day. The music is a positive affirmation of self, of people engaging and striving as objects of projection into the world.”

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