Sun in Cancer, 2016

Site-Specific Installation

6 Channel Audio piece, 2016

Applied materials:
Sound speakers, wave player, equalizers, audio cable. Duration: 20:53 min. (loop)

Percussion, synthesizer, pedals and electronic generators: Diana Policarpo 
Theremin: Hannah Catherine Jones
Voice: Hannah Catherine Jones and Diana Policarpo

Composition for The Spheres: Hannah Catherine Jones and Diana Policarpo

Sound-Sculptures (bean bags), 2016

Applied Materials:
Canvas, sound speakers, polysterene, mp3 players, pre-amplifiers and audio cable. Dimensions: 102 x 88 x 117 cm (hxbxl)

Spoken word: Charlotte Puder (German) and Diana Policarpo (English)


1-  Johanna Beyer,
TotalEclipse (1934) and Universal-Local (1934), 03:00min.
2 - Johanna Beyer,
Status Quo/Music of the Spheres Introduction: Act I (1938), 02:34 min. 3 - Johanna Beyer, Letter to Henry Cowell (August 30, 1936), 01:50 min.

4 - Diana Policarpo, Total Eclipse (1934), Universal-Local (1934), Status Quo/Music of the Spheres ,Introduction: Act I (1938), Letter to Henry Cowell (August 30, 1936), 07:03 min.

Visual Scores (Steel Sculptures), 2016

Applied materials:
Steel, acrylic and graphite.

Screen 1, 200 x 135 x 60 cm (hxbxl)
Screen 2, 200 x 135 x 60 cm (hxbxl)
Screen 3, 200 x 135 x 60 cm (hxbxl)
Untitled (I), 180 x 95 x 60 cm (hxbxl) Untitled (Sphere), 200 x 50,5 x 51 cm (hxbxl)

Site-Specific Light Environment

Applied materials: Blue foil. Dimensions variable. 

Curated by Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickendanz

Photography: Lucie Marsmann

more info about the exhibition here  - lAb - Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld (DE)

The Spheres (an homage to J.M. Beyer), 2015

Live Performance by Diana Policarpo (electric bass, pedals and percussion), Hannah Catherine Jones (viola, pedals and theremin) and Camilla Padgitt-Coles (singing bowls, one-bar chime,visuals)

Film made from original instructions from Beyer’s Music of the Spheres manuscript and CRT projection by Camilla Padgitt-Coles 
Duration: 25min.

Pairing Down curated by Rachel Valinsky & Marion Guiraud
Courtesy of the Artist
Peninsula Gallery, NYC

Video documentation online soon.

Diana Policarpo
Visions of Excess, 2015

multi-channel and mixed media installation
sound speakers, amplifiers, cables, cardboard, chalk, wood and mix media
Dimensions variable
Duration: 10:40 min

wood, amplifier, sound speakers, soundscape and spoken word 
Duration: 15:25min
Dimensions variable

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

In Visions of Excess, Diana Policarpo pairs George Bataille's work on 'general economy' The Accursed Share (1946-49) with Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch (2004) where she analyses the history of women's oppression and the body in the transition to capitalism, investigating the rationalisation of social reproduction.
This work is driven by a soundscape and voiceover that evokes and reflects how bodies can be transformed in a register of experience but also limited in both space and time.

Performance by Cabiria
for Visions of Excess' Private View, July 2015
Duration: 40min.
To listen to an excerpt click herePhotography © Pil and Galia Kollectiv

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

Diana Policarpo & Deniz Unal

The Feminist Rock Salt (to Lynda Benglis), 2015

mixed media installation and platform/stage for performance events
wood, chicken wire, fabric, plaster, metallic paint,neon lights, speakers, amplifier and tv screen.

variable dimensions
W139, Amsterdam


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

Rock Sea Rider, 2015
26.03.2015 - Performance

* Performance stills

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, pedal

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

 Under the Influence Podcast with Diana Policarpo and Naomi Pearce

 FOAM at AN/DOR and Wysing Arts Center Archive

Installation view at AND/OR, London 
Curated by Mat Jenner
Photography by Tom Carter

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

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

Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Beating Back Darkness, 2014

Beating Back Darkness, 2014
multi-channel sound installation, vessels and acoustic panels

Applied materials: wood, chalk, cables, amplifier, voice, sensor, speakers and mix media.
Dimensions variable

Spoken word duration: 10:15min
Soundscape duration (total): 15min.

Courtesy of Dietrich Brants and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

Curated by Luisa Heese
Photography Michael Belogour

For her exhibition at 45cbm, Policarpo will present a new multi­-channel sound piece, accompanied by earthen plaster assemblages of objects and detritus (found on site) that operate both as speakers and vessels, what she refers to as drunk sirens. The space becomes a stage upon which a scene unravels; a disembodied voice jostles to be heard over a litany of visual and aural noise.

Luisa Heese

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.

Tuesday evening
GENERAL STRIKE , London 2013
23rd Nov - 7thDec

Art Review / April 2014

Artist Project: Tuesday evening

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.