The Showroom

Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf presents "Sospiro", an immersive sound performance

TODAY: Saturday 12 Oct 4.30PM – 7PM
180 The Strand (Entrance 2 Surrey Street, WC2R 2ND)

Artist & Producer Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf presents Sospiro, a participatory performance on breathing, vocalisation and meditation with violinist Blaize Henry and sopranos Julia Daramy-Williams & Jacqueline Yu


Please join us for a public day of the Collective Intimacy live programme at 180 The Strand to enjoy an early evening session of immersive and improvised explorations of sound as a mode of meditation. Sospiro, (Italian for 'sigh') references the permeating and golden light of a sunrise, and the power of the breath. This participatory, three act experience will include:

  1. An introduction / mood setting improvised piece by violinst Blaize Henry
  2. A one-to-one breathing and vocalisation session between two sopranos Julia Daramy-Williams and Jacqueline Yu
  3. An invitation to the audience to form a human microphone / harmonic work

These three acts will merge sonically into a single piece. Sospiro continues from an earlier work by Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf titled Nigredo A Decomposition (2019, performed at Raven Row). This durational work is based on ritual and repetition, alluding to and a word play on the nigredo period of alchemy, referencing the state of blackness, putrefaction and decomposition crucial to the turning of base materials into gold. Nigredo and its new sister piece Sospiro are improvised sessions working with ideas of light and sound as immersive modes of meditation. Thematically, Sospiro alludes to solidarity, harmony, inner light and the voice as a form of protection and communal bonding.

Join this cocoon of comforts to recline, breathe and enjoy jasmine tea, derived from a flower that blooms at night and has associations with love and divination.


Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf is an an artist and producer whose practice focuses on performance, audio and moving image in non-gallery contexts, producing discursive works, collaborations and research projects. As Producer for Larry Achiampong’s Relic Traveller (2017- ) she has worked in partnership with Somerset House, Tate Liverpool, Jerwood Visual Arts and PS/Y. Nephertiti has also developed and delivered mid to large-scale exhibitions and programmes with the Royal College of Art with the British Film Institute, LUX and the Picturehouse Cinema Group (2013 – 14). She is currently Project Manager for Peckham Platform’s Create Civic Change, has a BA in photography from the Manchester School of Art and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art. Born in West Africa and raised in East London.


Collective Intimacy is a live programme that takes us on a journey in which multiple and trans-located narratives of the current Black experience and their futuristic imaginaries are the point of departure for a cosmopolitan view of the world. Presented in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory and The Store X, Collective Intimacy is inspired by Theaster Gates’s collaborative practice and The Showroom's commitment to togetherness and communal knowledge. The live programme of events takes place on Saturdays in October at 180 The Strand within the Black Image Corporation installation by Theaster Gates, and every other Thursday 10 October – 5 December at The Showroom. Across these two sites, both the spectacular and the everyday merge in an interconnected programme featuring artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public who are invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness.

Image: Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf, Nigredo A Decomposition, 2019. Performance and installation view, Raven Row. Violin, Blaize Henry