Hannah Catherine Jones aka Foxy Moron is a London based artist, researcher, radio presenter (The Opera Show, NTS Radio; Late Junction, BBC Radio 3; The Prototype, BBC Radio 4), composer and conductor, and founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra. Jones often performs under the pseudonym Foxy Moron– creating works that juxtapose ancient musical modalities (Mixolydian, Phrygian) with sci-fi timbres to produce what she calls ‘sonic antagonisms’. These ‘sounds in opposition’ are a vehicle for the artist to think through both the painful legacies of slavery and its continuing affects and effect, and also the conceptual possibilities of Afrofuturism – re-imagining the past whilst simultaneously looking towards the future. Foxy Moron performances are often sung in Zulu, reflecting the artist’s Caribbean/South African heritage and are understood by Jones as “a form of self-reparation – re-educating myself through decolonization.” (Liquid Architecture, 2017).
Jones has also presented ‘Grieving Aloud’ for TEDxKingstonUponThames, exploring the transfiguration of grief into joy through music, and as a PhD candidate at Oxford University she is examining the relationship between Afrofuturism and Gesamtkunstwerk through the art-music of Sun Ra and Wagner. Jones received an Oram Award 2018 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS Foundation) for innovation in sound and creative technologies. Jones is featured in The Wire August 2019 for her upcoming work with the Biennale of Sydney 2020.
She will present her work Owed to Bussa. Owed to Bussa (2016) is the first in Hannah Catherine Jones’ Diasporic Oweds series of investigations into her own embodied Afrofuturism. Newly reconfigured as an installation, Jones infuses the historical figure of Bussa with her sense of ever-expanding research practice. A digital scrapbook of her internet browsing history– simultaneously experienced and shared with her audience as a form of collective and actionable history.