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Plague and Locusts 2020: Danielle Imara

Updated: Mar 23

During our virtual conversation with Danielle Imara, we asked her to introduce herself and her work.

Danielle is a participating artist in our virtual show Plague and Locusts 2020.


Here you can see her work.

Y&I Changing All The Time, Yolande Brener and Danielle Imara, 2020


E. Please tell our readers a little about yourself, your practice and interests in the pre-COVID conditions and id things changed and how? about the work you make now, how you make it, what preoccupies you most now, when compared to your dominant interests and themes before all this.


DI: I'm a London-based sound designer and live artist, who is interested in motion-sensing music technology and making socially engaged work. I love pedestrian based choreography and practice Silat martial art. [During the pandemic] my work has migrated completely to video from live art. I enjoy it, and it's practical at this time. Being a music maker/sound designer informs my approach to video work, and makes navigating video-making software much easier. Right now I miss my trips to Somerset for martial arts training weekends.

E. Are you finding these conditions very hard? Or is it a welcome break to be able to concentrate solely on work, rather than do other, money-making things?

DI: Over the summer it has been ok. I am lucky enough to have outside space and I live with someone I get along with.

E: Have you noticed a change in your rhythm since Lockdown? Has your concentration intensified or fallen away?

DI: My concentration has if anything intensified. There is a sense of getting lost, or absorbed in my work.

E: Is making work therapeutic or challenging nowadays? How is it different to before.

DI: Making work continues as always to be therapeutic. In particular my collaborative work with Yolande Brener gives me a feeling of connection, and the satisfaction of feeling we are expressing some essential truths about this time.

E: Do you think being artists makes you more resilient in these times? Meaning that those who have regular jobs, salaries etc. are now stuck at home with very uncertain futures ahead, as you always have.

DI: I wish for all people to have creative pursuits in these times, and truly hope that this time will open people's minds to other ways of living. I'm aware this is idealistic, and that very many are in too much hardship to even consider such things. Yes, I think being an artist is a great help and possibly we are more resilient, due to having creativity to support our mental/emotional health, and the fact we do often have insecurity in our careers

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