Alicia Jane Turner, composer & sound designer, premiered a place to call home as part of Spitalfields Music Festival 2021 (3rd & 4th July), at The George Tavern in Whitechapel.

a place to call home was an immersive sound and video installation that explored queer spaces over time, from historic LGBTQ+ culture in Europe to online spaces in the present day. Exhibited in a unique 1800’s flat nestled above a pub in East London, the installation asked how queer communities have survived, how we create safe spaces through our computer screens, and what it means to find a queer place to call home.

Presented in two parts, The Historic and The Digital, the installation combined research into queer history with spoken word, classical and electronic composition, and a series of videos created by queer people who were invited to talk about their relationship to and experiences within queer online spaces, both throughout their lives and over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are the film versions of Parts 1 and 2, an audio-only version with audio description of the video content, and an expanded text version with video transcripts.

a place to call home - Part 1. The Historic

a place to call home - Part 2. The Digital

Download – a place to call home – Text version

Alicia Jane Turner discusses ‘a place to call home’

And lastly, catch Alicia discussing ‘a place to call home’ with good friend of Spitalfields Music, and podcast extraordinaire, Jon Jacob:

Historic text researched and developed by Alicia Jane Turner & Jo Hauge.

Videos created by Ruby Rare, Mahatma Khandi, RODENT, CYBERTEASE, Vijay Patel, Jo Hauge, Liv Wynter, and Romy Iris Conroy.

With thanks to St Margaret’s House and the East End Women’s Museum.

Commissioned by Spitalfields Music with the support of PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund and Help Musicians UK.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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