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Fusion Talk: In Conversation with Artists Dirty Freud


Dirty Freud

Dirty Freud are one of the artists that delivered artwork for These Things Matter Exhibition.

Dirty Freud are an electronic live and recording outfit who met in Niche Sheffield, then moved into the bassline scene. They found success after moving back to the North of England. The music contains elements of dubstep, 2-step garage, bassline. It is simply Dirty Cinematic Electronica.

These Things Matter is a small partnership exhibition between Museum of Colour, Bodleian Libraries and Fusion Arts, featuring six objects relating to slavery and empire, and six contemporary responses created by artists.

Dirty Freud and Chris Skerritt have created an audio-visual response to the assumption and fear which resonate in the letters that are part of the BODLEIAN’S colonial collection.

'Enjoy the journey as we take you from the past to our present'. Dirty Freud and Chris Skerritt chose to make an audio-visual response to the assumption and fear which resonate in these letters. Their work encapsulates what the letters inspired in them and why they felt it was important to showcase this.

We caught up with Dirty Freud to find out more about their artistic practice, commissioned artwork on display, and lastly what is one word you would use to describe the TTM exhibition.

Click to watch Dirty Freud's interview.

Please introduce yourself and tell us about your artistic practice.

I'm Danny - I'm a part of Dirty Freud and like my artistic practises specifically audio like music. Also, spoken words.

I'm Chris - and I'm visual artist mainly photography. I recently started at Leeds Arts University in September.

Can you talk us through your commissioned artwork on display at TTM?

Danny and Chris sat down with this project ''it's all about the letters'' which are based in the Bodleian, and it was all about the letters which are talking about 'you know people's first look at Africans and people of ethnicity ' - and there are a lot of myths, there are a lot of wild statements as well. People had this idea of what people from Africa were like, and what people from that part of the world were like, and we use those stereotypes and those stigmas to create something which was like a bit more true and a bit more representative.

What is one word you would use to describe the TTM exhibition?

ENLIGHTEN AND EDUCATIONAL - Because there's a lot of things which I and Chris enlightening.

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