Audio Description Tour: Dineo Seshee Bopape
Join Artes Mundi and audio describer Anne Hornsby for a series of tours of Artes Mundi 9. Designed for Blind and Partially Sighted people, each session will explore a selection of artworks or moments from the Artes Mundi 9 prize-winning artists.
Anne Hornsby is a pioneer of UK Audio Description, having introduced the second audio description service in England to the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, in 1989. She launched Mind’s Eye in 1992 to offer audio description for theatres, galleries, museums, dance, film festivals and online content. She has won two awards for her work and is an accredited trainer. Prior to lockdown, she was audio describing over 100 events a year in addition to offering training on a regular basis.
Dineo Seshee Bopape’s expansive practice deals with socio-political notions of memory (from the personal to the collective, the known and unknown), narration and representation as interrelated forms. Her work often utilises a diverse range of commonplace, elemental materials such as soil, bricks, timber, with found objects and archival images, video and sound, to develop dense and powerful installations. These draw together the celestial and the earthly, the bodily and the metaphysical, the personal and collective. For example, in her work for the Berlin Biennale in 2018, an orange light bathed a basement room filled with scattered objects seemingly like debris, alongside videos including those of sexual violence perpetuated against black women and footage of Nina Simone’s mental breakdown on stage. It created a tense, potent, almost hallucinogenic atmosphere of discomfort and disquiet.