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

Performance by Cabiria
for Visions of Excess' Private View, July 2015

Duration: 40min.
To listen to an excerpt click here

Photography © Pil and Galia Kollectiv

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

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


 Installation view at AND/OR, London Photo 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.

Untitled (The Hand), 2013
applied materials: mdf, metal, acoustic foam, snare, tape, kick,laptop, microphone, drumsticks
Dimensions variable
London, U.K

The project includes a lectern transformed and activated by percussion and spoken word.

there is a kind of river clay that goes through several metamorphoses, building shells, shifting and changing
Anderson has distinguished herself as a multifaceted artist, who addresses life, politics, social issues, and technology through her use of spoken word and storytelling. In her theatrical performance, she integrates projected film and video, photography, graphics, sculpture, and electronic and instrumental music.

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Anderson has distinguished herself as a multifaceted artist, who addresses life, politics, social issues, and technology through her use of spoken word and storytelling. In her theatrical performance, she integrates projected film and video, photography, graphics, sculpture, and electronic and instrumental music.

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rough her use of spoken word and storytelling. In her theatrical performance, she integrates projected film and video, photography, graphics, sculpture, and electronic and instrumental music.

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© Diana Policarpo / February 2013


Sound work comissions by Rui Toscano for his installation Bricks Are Heavy as part of the exhibition Sound Sculptures 1994 - 2013 @ Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

Rui Toscano commissioned a list of soundworks / tracks from different artists including myself to be playing in a different boombox. 
There are also sounds pieces from a wide range of artists as Lee Ranaldo, Julião Sarmento, João Onofre, or DJ Ride.

Diana Policarpo sound works (6 players):

1 - Untitled (Under The Volcano), 2011
5:14 min 
drums ; spoken word: Diana Policarpo
electric guitar / mastering: Pedro Andrade
Britannia Row Studios , London , U.K, 2011
2 - Untitled (New Cross I), 2012
1:14 min
percussão; rec; spoken work: Diana Policarpo

London, U.K

3 - Untitled (Coconut), 20121:04 min
rec; spoken word: Diana Policarpo
London, U.K, 2012

4 - April (So Long Sucker), 2012
2:25 min
percussion; rec; spoken word: Diana Policarpo

London, U.K, 2012

5 - Untitled (Amazon), 20122:24 min
percussion; rec ; spoken word: Diana Policarpo

London, U.K, 2012

6 - Untitled (Space Jam), 201320:27 min
drums: Diana Policarpo
theramin: Man From Uranus (Phil MFU)
London, U.K , 2013

Kassem Mosse / Diana Policarpo
Staat Aus Glas EP,  
Sounds Of The Universe / Soul Jazz Records



Three exclusive raw house & techno tracks from Kassem Mosse exclusive to our Sounds Of The Universe label on this very limited (300 copies worldwide) 12”.

This single is part of our Art+Sound 12” series, pressed on 180gm vinyl, each with VERY 

EXCLUSIVE 12 X 12 hand-screen printed artwork, numbered and signed by the artist Diana Policarpo.

The 12" single also comes with EXCLUSIVE free download code (you cannot buy the download on it's own).

This is Kassem Mosse's first solo project of the year. Channeling diverse percussive and rhythmic traditions - religious drumming ensembles filtered through astral jazz, Underground Resistance's rugged 909 output tempered with considered minimalism all cut together with signature slow motion groove, textures contrast and sci-fi synths.

This first EP on the Sounds Of The Universe label travels through the dissonant orchestral sweeps, gliding metallic harmonics and tight polyrhythms of 'Staat Aus Glas', the skidding delay and offkilter 80s darkside of 'Escape From Frankfurt', and the saturated cinematic techno of 'Nacht An Allen Tangent'.

Diana Policarpo is a Portuguese visual and sound artist working in London.

 © Diana Policarpo, 2012

Untitled (Invisible Script) , 2012
Applied Materials: plaster, voice, steel, audio cables, amplifier, contact microphones, mixer table, natural forces
Live Performance
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist
London, UK

Video performance, HD Video 16: 9, color and sound, 9'15''

The project comprises a sound sculpture and a script.

generative stage/non-stage (model), 2012

visualizing the nothingness may seem more a paradox 

Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Hill, 2012
  pen, paper;