ARTIST: LOLA DE LA MATA
TRACK: QUEENS OF THE DRAG
LOCATION: OLD UNION YARD ARCHES
Tucked away on Union Street is an enclosed courtyard and hidden walkway, set alongside several arches of the railway viaduct which now house a variety of theatres and restaurants.
Anchored by the Union Theatre – which was established in Bankside over 20 years ago and now stands here in its custom-built new premises – this stretch also features the Spanish Theatre Company’s Cervantes Theatre, aerial fitness gym FlyingFantastic, and The Africa Centre, which supports African culture, enterprise, art, music, and education in the UK. The nearby Over The Road Café is a local favourite, and now sits alongside Tel-Aviv inspired Bala Baya and Italian Macellaio RC.
Lola de la Mata is a London based French composer, artist and musician specialising in violin, electronics and voice.
Her practice explores the experience as embodied sound through the relationships between the bodies of the instrument, the performer and the architecture. Her recent works focus on her experiences of the female body, AI research and the appropriation of female voices in corporate products. She has collaborated with dance companies and dance artists in Basel, Paris, London and New York, and is currently developing the sound for a dance film in collaboration with choreographer Celina Liesgang. Lola is the curator behind the interdisciplinary artist group Parallel Praxis,which seeks to support and explore the fundamentals of process within individual practice through peer to peer exchange and workshops.