Assemble Studio (Fran Edgerly and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome)

Following a week-long lab working with the MFA Performing Arts and MA Design programmes at IUA, this talk opens up a space for Fran Edgerly and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome to discuss and reflect upon their work with the studying artists at IUA within the broader contexts of their own work.


Fran Edgerly is a member of Assemble Studio – a multi-disciplinary Turner-prize winning collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen.

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome was born in UK of English and Chilean descent. She lives and works in London as a dance artist and choreographer, working independently and collaboratively since 2009. Working with composers, visual artists, music producers, pop/punk bands, choreographers and dance artists takes her work into galleries and alternative performance contexts.

Her work is concerned with experience and transformation between public and private bodies. A movement towards re-experiencing and reorienting inside the multi dimensional shifting realities of a body. Voice-bodies emerge from my thinking body. She recently finished an MA in Creative Practice at Independent Dance and Trinity Laban with Distinction.

In the last two years she has made: instant fragments a solo performed at GUSH 2017 2018, a new solo a body rites itself at Siobhan Davies Studios and Chisenhale Dance 2018, something orange: a body slip-slides through knowing, performed with Jamila Johnson-Small, sound by Nicholas Owen (Pumarosa) at David Roberts Arts Foundation for the exhibition opening of (X) A Fantasy and at Oval Space with Pumarosa, 2017. Performing 2DiveIn a solo, sound by Nena Zinovieff with CAMPerVAN at Tate Modern, 2017. something purple: my whole body over flows with thought, to be performed at Calvert Foundation for launch of The Six Sense of the Avant-Garde and at London Topophobia 2017. Passage a group work and collaboration with Pumarosa was performed at ICA, 2016. let the body, a commission made with music producer Shelley Parker, performed with Jamila Johnson-Small at Arnolfini Bristol, 2016. Performing with Helm and Alice MacKenzie at South London Gallery and (33-33), 2015 and made Naked Nude a solo part of Airbomb at Royal Academy of Art, 2015. In What I Am Seeing the Sun was a collaboration with Savages and A Dead Forest Index, performed with Rosalie Wahlfrid-Shaw for Station to Station at Barbican, 2015.

Also working with Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small, Joan Jonas, Project O, Pepa Ubera, Xavier Le Roy, Marten Spangberg, Marvin Gaye Chetwynde, Eddie Peake, Cecilia Bengolea, Adam Chirstensen, Pablo Bronstein, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti and Ina Dokmo amongst others. 

She is a co-founder and curator of the trans-disciplinary performance night London Topophobia. Recently she was choreographing on MASSES with Paloma Gormley and Finn Beams researching a new work uniting architecture, theatre and participatory choreography. In December 2017 she taught at Skogen, Gothenburg and led Dancing and Reading workshop with writer and lecturer Josefine Wikstrom.

This winter:

Friday – 12.10.2018 – 10 am 
Fabrizio Terranova

NOTE: A screening of his film Donna Haraway: Story-Telling for Earthly Survival will be screened on 11.10.2018 in a venue tba.

Friday – 26.10.2018 – 10 am
Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey (Performance for Pets)

Friday – 30.11.2018 – 10 am
Sigga Dögg

Friday – 7.12.2018 – 10 am
Pony Express