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Rachael Finney


  • Rachael Finney
  • Area

    School of Communication


    Tutor and Visiting Lecturer

  • Rachael is an artist and composer working with sound, moving image and performance. Key interests include phonic materiality, the acousmatic voice, listening and sonic space. Her work makes use of live performance, installation and recorded media. She also records under the moniker R Elizabeth, releasing material on Where To Now and Nightschool records.

  • Biography

  • Rachael possesses an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, where she is currently undertaking her PhD in the Department of Visual Cultures. Her research focuses on the phonic space of the background seeking to both question and realise modes of listening that occupy the edges of attention and the sounds, and specifically voices, that occupy these spaces. Rachael has exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally. She has performed in countries including Austria, Lithuania, Greece and the USA and has performed in festivals such as Supernormal and venues such as Cubitt, Café Oto, Black Tower projects, Iklektik Art Lab,  South Bank Centre and CCA Glasgow. She regularly participates in improvisational performances most recently including a performance with Adam Bohman.

  • Practice

  • Rachael’s practice focuses on phonic materiality and sonicspace. She is particularly interested in the material qualities of voice and how voice can be understood to (re)produce space. As a performer and composer her work often uses analogue processes where she is known for her extensive work with reel to reel tape. Rachael works with reel to reel tape and players in both live and exhibited forms. She has been featured on various collaborative releases and performance including The Chants Beneath curated by Jeremy Young and has collaborated with Benjamin A. Owen, Kit Poulson, and Adam Bohman. She has worked with artist Flo Brooks producing and performing live her composition Can I just Say Something for Brooks’ Is Now A Good Time (2018) exhibition at Cubitt gallery, London. Rachael has a forthcoming project with Space 21 in Kurdistan presenting a reel to reel orchestra.

Selected work