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Foldable Sounds Collective is composed of three artists: Daniela Maria Geraci, Lucy Rose Cunningham and Isabelle Pead, who met whilst studying at the University of Leeds.

 The collective formed during April 2020 lockdown, following the rise of Zoom and Facetime windows – once a less prevalent means of communication. Individually dealing with sound as an archival, performative and narrational tool, collectively they interrogate sound’s potential to sonically transport the imagination outside one’s four walls, drawing on a global need for freedom of movement.

 The Foldable Sounds project – on which the collective was based – draws on the simultaneously collaborative and independent nature of the child’s drawing game Exquisite Corpse. Placed into groups, participants share sounds, layering and editing recordings together to form a track. With 106 participants to date, the project now has 4 albums of field recordings folded into each other and shared via email chains –  4 people per track, maximum 4 minutes of recording, 2 days to pass it on.  The collective process, the tracks themselves and collective listening felt resistant in a time when individualism was forced.

 Our philosophy continues to be one of sharing conversations that urge a critical questioning of the lack of accessibility and diversity within the far reaching topic of sonic practice, as well as strengthening communities through exchange of resources and unusual collaboration.

 All donations towards albums produced have gone to supporting charities including UK Black Pride, MAFWA Theatre Leeds, Women Asylum Seekers Together, the UN Refugee Agency and NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People).

As well as being selected as part of SHAPE Pleatform’s 2021 Artist Cohort, Foldable Sounds have recently exhibited within ‘Sound Occupations,’ STIFF International Festival, Rijeka, Croatia in collaboration with European Capital of Culture 2020. They have featured on NTS, Netil Radio, Balamii and Soho Radio, and are current residents of Resonance Extra as well as Leeds-based DIY station, NARR Radio. Featured articles include SUPERFRIENDZ and ARCCA Magazine. Additionally, the trio have curated work, presented sound workshops and held performances throughout the UK and Germany, namely at Leeds Art Gallery, South London Gallery, London Contemporary Music Festival, HuMBASE Stuttgart, MoM Art Space Hamburg, and Gallerie Kaufhof, Stuttgart.