A special online commission for Chisenhale Gallery’s website produced as part of our 21st Century programme. A live version of Worming out of shit was performed by Rachel Pimm in collaboration with Lori E Allen at Chisenhale Gallery on 20 August 2015.
The work has developed from Pimm’s research into the roles of soil strata and landfill in the composition of the earth’s surface. It explores her interest in the instability that results from the aggregation of organic and man-made materials and our coexistence with naturally occurring architectures.
Worming out of shit uses sounds from freesound.org and the artists would like to thank all the users for the samples. For the Sample Attribution List please click here.
Lori E Allen (born 1975, St Louis) lives and works in London and Berlin. Allen received an MA from The Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1999 and a BA in Anthropology and Classical Studies from New York University in 1997. Working in sound, Allen uses sources including obscure dialogue, background noise, cut-up word percussion and distorted popular television themes to create unique audio landscapes. Projects include Tears of the Material Vulture (with Tapeworm), Berlin (2015); and collaborative work on Madame Chaos (1995-1996). She is currently working with Jerome Gaynor exploring their shared personal experiences of life near a toxic suburban landfill site in St Louis.