Cally Spooner

Soundtrack for a troubled time and notes on humiliation

  • Cally Spooner - Still from DRAG DRAG SOLO, 2016

    Cally Spooner, Still from DRAG DRAG SOLO, 2016. Courtesy of the artists and Biennale de l’image en Mouvement.

Past Exhibition

Cally Spooner: Soundtrack for a troubled time and notes on humiliation

30 August 2017 – 26 November 2017

Using text, sound and choreography, Athens based artist Cally Spooner (b.1983, UK) stages absurdist replays of the political, economic and media rhetoric of our time.

As Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence, Spooner wrote a novel from which she sporadically uploaded dialogues, plots and requests for advice onto the Gallery’s website. Comedic and dystopian, her text nipped and tucked subjectivity into the abstract phrases of a high performance economy. Beginnings and ends were unclear, actions deferred: ‘Let’s have a baby! No, wait. Let’s grab a clipboard.’ Spooner draws on this novel for a new sound work; and the publication of a year long interview with a psychiatrist.

Organised in collaboration with PS/Y’s Hysteria Programme.


About Cally Spooner

Based in Athens and London, Spooner’s recent exhibitions include The New Museum, New York and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (in 2016). She is author of ‘Collapsing In Parts’(Mousse, 2012) and ‘Scripts’(Slimvolume, 2016).

About PS/Y

PS/Y is a research, curating and public engagement group exploring the interface of arts and health sciences. PS/Y develops interdisciplinary projects and dialogue with artists, scientists, arts organisations, academic institutions and communities. We aim to create new creative insights to engage diverse audiences for an interdisciplinary arts practice that explores the relationship between mind and body in Western culture. PS/Y has previously been involved in delivering Anxiety, London, 2014 and Acting Out, Nottingham, 2015 in partnership with institutions including Barbican, BFI, National Portrait Gallery, ICA, Gasworks, South London Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, University of the Arts, Kings College, and Wigmore Hall. For further information visit

Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence

Since 2009, Whitechapel Gallery has invited a series of writers and artists to take up the position of Writer in Residence.

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