Lori E Allen and Rachel Pimm
Worming Out of Shit
1 August 2015

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.

Rachel Pimm with Lori E Allen
Thursday 20 August – 12am
A presentation by artist Rachel Pimm in collaboration with archaeological sound designer Lori E Allen. Using performance and sound, the event explores Pimm’s research into the roles of soil strata and landfill in the composition of the earth’s surface. Pimm is interested in the instability that results from the aggregation of organic and man-made materials and our coexistence with naturally occurring architectures.
Rachel Pimm (born 1984, Harare) lives and works in London and New Delhi. Pimm received an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2013. She co-founded the artist-run project Auto Italia South East in 2007 and since 2012 has worked collaboratively with MoreUtopia! Her work has been included in recent programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2015); Zabludowicz Collection, London; South London Gallery, London; Enclave Gallery, London (all 2014); Auto Italia, London; SPACE, London; Can Felipe, Barcelona (all 2013); Milton Keynes Gallery; Ibid Projects, London; and The Architecture Foundation, London (all 2012). In 2015 Pimm was shortlisted for the Converse X Dazed Emerging Artist Award.

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.