My original background is in the theatre, with a long and successful career as an actor and composer for over 20 years. In 2005, I refocused my practice as a visual artist after an MA at University of Brighton, producing my first sound installation “The Family Album” which was exhibited at Sonic Arts Network Expo 2006.
As an artist, I’ve exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery, Jerwood Hastings, Seoul Museum of Art, Conflux New York City and Berlin Month of Performance Art. An edition of my work “The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing” is held in the permanent collection of the Estorick Collection in London. My sound pieces have been published or broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Public Record, Furthernoise, Radio Papesse and Resonance FM.
In 2007, I formed an artist group, Neo Futurist Collective, and we embarked on the creation of a series of works entitled (Re)Awakening of a City, in celebration of urban noise, inspired by the surviving seven bars of the score to Awakening of a City by Futurist artist, Luigi Russolo. The group is a collective of one. In 2012-14, we produced “The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing” – a six movement noise opera about artists and gentrification, which toured site-responsively across the UK. Our current project Revolution #10, an epic sound installation and performance inspired by The Beatles’ “Revolution 9”, is about the importance of democracy and investigates our political system through public interventions and online debate.
More information about Joseph Youg:
Main website: artofnoises.com
Neo Futurist Collective: neofuturistcollective.com
The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing: skinnyvintage.com
Revolution #10: revolution10.uk