Diana Policarpo
Visions of Excess, 2015

sound speakers, amplifiers, cables, cardboard, chalk, wood and mix media
Duration: 13:40min. (Ground Floor); 15:25min. (Cave) 
Dimensions variable

℗ Courtesy of the Artist
Xero, Kline & Coma, London

Performance by Cabiria
for Visions of Excess' Private View, 2015
Duration: 40min.

Photography © Pil & Galia Kollectiv

Thank you:
Pil & Galia Kollectiv
Matt McQuillan
Hannah Catherine Jones
Marina Elderton
João Noro Caldeira

Diana Policarpo
Visions of Excess

For her first UK solo exhibition, artist Diana Policarpo has created a new body of works. 
Visions of Excess, is a site specific installation composed of sound, collage and mixed media, which draws on the thinking of George Bataille in The Accursed Share as a starting point.
The work investigates power relations and popular culture juxtaposing the rhythmic structuring of sound as tactile material within the social construction of esoteric ideology. 
Policarpo creates performances and installations to examine experiences of vulnerability and empowerment associated with acts of exposing oneself to the capitalist world.

more information here

flyer by João Machado/Diana Policarpo
Does Not Equal @ W139, Amsterdam (Mar/Apr 2015)

Some of us believe in the struggle for liberation, if not in liberation itself. Perhaps equality is an impossible future and maybe we need a different game? What if we don’t want to 'lean in'? The time for infighting is through. We’re living in the apocalypse, in some messianic times, maybe its now that feminism can do some damage again?  

Does Not Equal is a group exhibition that questions the creative potential, historical legacy and ongoing concerns of feminism. Featuring more than 35 international artists, writers and curators the project presents various and conflicting responses that interrogate issues of gender equality and female subjectivity, including queerness in China, the politics of healthcare, and the dynamics of intimacy in public baths. Familiar characters such as the witch or medieval woman are inhabited. Elsewhere the history of colonial extraction and its commodification of bodies is explored whilst other works present archival investigations into radical political groups such as White Lightning.

In the wake of recent media attention, celebrity endorsement and cultural appropriation and recuperation, feminism no longer seems to be a dangerous word. If hashtags such as ‘YesAllWomen’ work to find some kind of universal solidarity Does Not Equal attempts to acknowledge the reality of difference and the struggle inherent in finding what’s shared. In adopting a discursive curatorial approach, and informed by a series of reading groups, the exhibition presents a programme of live performance, symposium and film screenings accompanied by a collective study room and series of radio podcasts.

*detail from installation

Diana Policarpo
March for Persephone, 2015

Sound installation with 4 channels, composition for percussion, 9:00min.
applied materials: sound, speakers, cables, light, pomegranate seeds

March for Persephone is a one woman percussive ensemble inspired by Johanna M. Beyer's poems and scores/drawings for Music of the Spheres (1938) as part of her unfinished polical stage work
Status Quo.

audio excerpt available here

The Feminist Rock Salt

*detail of platforms and video with Lynda Benglis (1977, Art Walker Center)
  video 2:30min, monitor, headphones, sound


*detail (cave) inside: playlist with tracks from different feminist artists (2.1 speakers) and neon lights 

*detail (opening night)

Diana Policarpo & Deniz Unal

The Feminist Rock Salt (Homage to Lynda Benglis), 2015

mixed media installation and platform for performance events
variable dimensions

* Performance stills

Diana Policarpo
Rock Sea Rider, 2015

26.03.2015 - Performance Day
Part I - soundscape and text (10:30min)
Part II - Something Came Over Me (P- Orridge Cover) (4:15min)

applied materials: voice, mp3, mixed media, microphone, speakers

link to listen to the track with spoken word (online soon)

Red Light Radio,  27.03.15
part of Does Not Equal @W139, Amsterdam

 Under the Influence Podcast with Diana Policarpo and Naomi Pearce

PV 13th March 2015 @ W139, Amsterdam

full programme and more info about the events here

MAI IM JANUAR, Berlin, 2015


Stefan Alber, Frank Ammerlaan, Knut Bäcker, Lutz Braun, Rick Buckley, Simon Davenport, Lizza May David, Matthias Dornfeld, Federico Epifani, Chris Hammerlein, Sebastian Hammwöhner, Alexandra Hopf, Ludwig Kreutzer, Oliver Lenhart, Daniel Lipp, Nik Nowak, Tobias Öchsle, Diana Policarpo, Veronika Rettich, Stefan Rinck, Ana&Pablo Londono Sarria, Kerstin Schröder, Wiebke Siem, Stefan Sulzer, Matthias Tharang, Alexandros Tzannis, Gabriel Vormstein, Riette Wanders, Klaus Winichner, Jonny Winter

KURATIERT VON: Salome Ghazanfari&Uwe Henneken

ERÖFFNUNG: 16.1. 2014 – 19 Uhr

PERFORMANCE: 20:00 Uhr, Veronika Rettich


LAUFZEIT 16.1. - 1.2. - geöffnet Samstags von 15 – 17 Uhr und nach Rücksprache

Raum für Kunst
Lobeckstr. 30-35 - 10969 Berlin
U8/M29 Moritzplatz


Beating Back Darkness at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2015

Installation view


Diana Policarpo
Beating Back Darkness, 2014

amplifier, sound vessels, chalk, panels, wood, cables and mix media
Dimensions variable
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany 

Curated by Luisa Heese
Photography © Michael Belogour


 Installation view at AND/OR, London Photo by Tom Carter

For further details about the Foam project, the on-going programme and works in the archive:

One off 12'' vlack dub plate record. Artist label on A and B sides. Presented within black inner and outer sleeves. Displayed and accessed within a record archive. Comissioned by Gareth Bell-Jones.

Side A: Erzulie, (10:00), 2014

Side B: Darkness provides a better source of illumination, (05:55), 2014

25 / 03 / 2014

LISTENING SEMINAR 4: Sound Works by Women Artists 


The MA in Aural and Visual Cultures Presents:
Listening Seminar 4 – Sound Works by Women Artists
Tuesday, 25th March 2014  8-10PM

This seminar will present new audio pieces by a selection of women artists. It features the work of Adrianna Palazzolo, Cara Tolmie, Diana Policarpo, Hannah Catherine Jones, Jenna Bliss, Jenna Collins, Marina Elderton and Nicola Woodham.

Each of these artists investigate different aspects of sound, in relation to space, atmosphere and the presence or absence of the image. Through a variety of approaches, these works explore notions of multi-vocality, using rhythm, time, formal and informal speech, narrative and noise, both as material and inspiration.

The works have been compiled back-to-back on a playlist, to prioritise collective listening, over discussion. I hope this event, which is married to space and corporeality, will allow us to question the various ways we experience the sonic world.

Diana Policarpo
March, 2014

Part I

1. Jenna Bliss
“Lincoln Detox”, 2014
14:14 min, stereo sound

2. Adrianna Palazzolo
“18.03.14_Mario”, 2014
05:05 min, stereo sound

3. Nicola Woodham
“Humwhammy/Voice Changer”, 2014
08:29 min, stereo sound

4. Cara Tolmie
“PIT”, 2014
07:36 min, stereo sound

Part II

5. Hannah Catherine Jones
“Aria (for our ears)”, 2014
09:00 min, stereo sound

6. Jenna Collins
“Deaf Captain Accident”, 2014
05:52 min, stereo sound
Music by Tim Parkinson.
Extract from TRIO (2007) played by Angharad Davies, Tim Parkinson and Stefan Thut and extract from Viola Piece (2003) played by Julia Eckhardt.

7. Marina Elderton
“C’est Celestial I”, 2014
05:06 min, stereo sound

8. Diana Policarpo
“Part A – Erzulie”, 2014
13:45 min, stereo sound
Based on an excerpt from “The Divine Horsemen” (1956), by Maya Deren.

dienstag abend
23rd Nov - 7thDec

Work in Progress at The Mews Project  (London, U.K)

28 th Nov 13
Opening at The Mews Project 5 pm

d.a. is a flexible platform initiated by Fernando Mesquita and Ludwig Kittinger. Artists and other professionals are invited to different locations to form a collaborative ( co-labourative) structure to serve as a hub for research of artistic mechanisms and conditions relating to a situation.
Our focus is on leveling the process between idea and outcome in which the existing manner of spatial and/or social and/or any contextual situation serves as a foundation. We encourage participants to step out of their usual work patterns, as a suggestion, not a requirement.
Within the d.a. dynamics we recognize the action (activity/non-activity) as more relevant than the result. The project engages on forms of collaboration in order to: do things, or not, independently of whom or/and what. We are not seeking for types of collaboration that are based on collectively following some concept where a conclusion is the objective. 

Art Review / April 2014

Artist Project: dienstag abend

Diana Policarpo
Acoustic Mirror II, 2014
collage and drawing on paper
21 x 14.8 cm

Swiggity swangin' biggity bangin', like I'm turning leftI'm biggity bustin a rightAnd now you know in and out, out and in I dip

(...) We continue along as separate bodies. (...)

Black Flag surrenders under Lea Bridge Road, all melody destroyed, decayed, destructed like a new pair of jeans and a guy works on his boat confused by the boombox blaring with this art audience waiting for something better to happen. Our routines have locked us in, relapsing to the party - the thick amorous air, the frenetic unhindered movement - we can rewind, sobriety approaching with every damp gust of wind and warm ray of sun, walking to warm - wishing we could be naked. (...)

Diana Policarpo & Jenna Dini Bliss, 

A Walking Piece by Diana and Jenna, 2013
duration: 30 min.
Photo: Limner Studio © Art Licks

Performance for Art Licks Weekend 2013 as part of Stop, Look, Listen! in association with Art Licks.
Hackney Wick, White Post Lane, London -  Friday 4th October, 6.00 pm

Diana Policarpo
Here on Earth as Well, 2013

amplifiers, bass bin, 2.1 sound system, trophy, marching drum, sound panels,
and mixed media

Dimensions variable

Live performance
4th July 2013

special thanks to:
Raquel Figueira, Hannah Jones, Marina Elderton, Lika, Matt McQuillan, Jasmine Johnson
recordings and video of the performance will be available soon.