Jenna Burchell

b.1985

Jenna Burchell is an anti-disciplinary artist whose practice emanates from her desire to activate otherwise banal spaces and create immersive sensory experiences. Her methodology transpires into interactive sculptures, large scale installations and performance and body art that present transient moments of exchange between unpredictable human interactions, meticulous technological innovation and art.

“I believe it is through the connection of these elements that we can inspire the future of human experience."

Often taking on a biomimetic aesthetic, executed with the minimalism of the Bauhaus philosophy (function before form); motion sensored light wetlands and touch sensitive audial copper forests, Burchell’s works draw into question the familiar and unfamiliar. Her process involves and connects communities, places and countries around the world. Stemming from her personal experience of living in a diasporic family, her work revolves around notions of home, memory, land and cultural belonging. The environments created invite the spectator to further examine these notions and the technological means through which relations are formed and maintained in our zeitgeist.

“The growing spaces between people and families as a result of migrant labor have come to define the human experience of globalization. We attempt to fill these between-spaces with telecommunications technologies, social networks, and long transportation to countries we do not yet call home.”

Jenna Burchell attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2007. She has been the recipient of the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award (2011), Arteles Art Residency in Finland (2012), Ithuba Arts Fund (2013) and the Soundlands Public Art Commission in Bangor, Wales (2015) . She has had travelling solo exhibitions, exhibited in international institutions such the Smithsonian National Museum, and in art fairs such as Art15 London and the FNB Joburg art fair. Burchell is represented in the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Spier Art Collections as well as private and corporate collections. 

Jenna Burchell

Selected Works

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Latest Insights

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'Art Versed' Interview at 1:54 London 2017

'Art Versed' Interview at 1:54 London 2017

Jenna Burchell
Press
06 Oct 2017

"Replay the Earth’s song in your head and know that beneath you something genuinely incredible is happening." - Isabel Gilchrist

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017 Virtual Tour

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017 Virtual Tour

Soly Cissé, Mohamed Lekleti, Jenna Burchell
News
06 Oct 2017

Not able to make it to London for 1:54? Explore the fair through a virtual tour from anywhere in the world!

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YSP Residency

YSP Residency

Jenna Burchell
News
30 Aug 2017

Yorkshire Sculpture Park welcomes Jenna Burchell as artist in residence Sept 2017.

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S25º58’47.2548” E27º46’32.1672”

S25º58’47.2548” E27º46’32.1672”

Jenna Burchell
Studio Videos
21 Feb 2017

Jenna Burchell Songsmith (Cradle of Humankind)

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S25º58’39.3852” E27º46’36.1704"

S25º58’39.3852” E27º46’36.1704"

Jenna Burchell
Studio Videos
21 Feb 2017

Jenna Burchell Songsmith (Cradle of Humankind)

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S25°58'49.749" E27°46'24.744"

S25°58'49.749" E27°46'24.744"

Jenna Burchell
Studio Videos
21 Feb 2017

Jenna Burchell Songsmith (Cradle of Humankind)

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S25º58’50.9448” E27º46’29.1936"

S25º58’50.9448” E27º46’29.1936"

Jenna Burchell
Studio Videos
21 Feb 2017

Jenna Burchell Songsmith (Cradle of Humankind)

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S25°58'44.6664" E27°46-17.1804"

S25°58'44.6664" E27°46-17.1804"

Jenna Burchell
Studio Videos
21 Feb 2017

Jenna Burchell Songsmith (Cradle of Humankind)

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A Place in Time

A Place in Time

Jenna Burchell
News
12 Apr 2016

Curated by Helen Pheby PhD, Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in collaboration with Mary-Jane Darroll, assisted by interns Naudia Yorke and Danika Bester.

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Songsmith Bangor, Wales

Songsmith Bangor, Wales

Jenna Burchell
News
12 Feb 2016

Jenna Burchell is given the 'keys to the city' for Songsmith, Bangor

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RSG Radio Interview during Joburg Arfair 2015

RSG Radio Interview during Joburg Arfair 2015

Jenna Burchell
Interviews
20 Oct 2015

http://iono.fm/e/204973

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Be Art Magazine on HOMING at Art15 London

Be Art Magazine on HOMING at Art15 London

Jenna Burchell
Reviews
27 Jul 2015

Another interactive, and quite interesting, piece was Homing by Jenna Burchell. Presented by the Sulger-Buel-Lovell from Cape Town, this evolutive “memory harp” plays sounds taken from our everyday environments, allowing the visitors to create their own tune. And, as the artist regularly adds new strings and sounds from the cities where the piece is shown, Homing also appears as a living organism, a universal creature, building delicates links between people and cultures from various countries.

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Two-Vivid Productions Interview on Art15

Two-Vivid Productions Interview on Art15

Jenna Burchell
Interviews
26 May 2015

Two-Vivid Productions sat down with Jenna Burchell at Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery in London after Art15.

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HOMING - on ARTNET list of top ten ART15 London highlights

HOMING - on ARTNET list of top ten ART15 London highlights

Jenna Burchell
Reviews
22 May 2015

Sulger-Buel Lovell congratulates Jenna Burchell for her success at Art15 London. Homing, her interactive sound installation has been highlighted by Artnet as top ...

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HOMING

HOMING

Jenna Burchell
Interviews
21 May 2015

Art 15 Global Art Fair London

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Aesthetica Art Prize, York (UK)

Aesthetica Art Prize, York (UK)

Jenna Burchell
News
20 Feb 2015

Selected as one of 9 finalists from over 3000 contemporary art entries worldwide, Jenna Burchell will present her interactive sound installation Homing in the Aesthetica Group finalists exhibition in York, UK, hosted by Aesthetica Magazine and York Museum Trust.

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Homing video - Jenna Burchell

Homing video - Jenna Burchell

Jenna Burchell
Studio Videos
11 Dec 2014

An interactive sound installation by Jenna Burchell - touch memories

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Exhibitions

The latest exhibitions from the artist.

A Place in Time

A Place in Time

Jenna Burchell
Cape Town
07 May 2016 - 31 Jul 2016

NIROX Foundation, Kromdraai, South Africa Jenna Burchell features her new interactive Sound Sculptures inspired by a recent residency at the NIROX Sculpture Park ...

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Homing

Homing

Jenna Burchell
Cape Town
31 Aug 2014 - 09 Sep 2014

CAPE TOWN, South Africa Traveling interative sound installation, Homing, by Jenna Burchell 31 August - 9 September 2014

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Publications

The latest publications from the artist.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017

Soly Cissé, Mohamed Lekleti, Jenna Burchell
Publication
04 Oct 2017

04-08 October 2017 Please join us at Booth G27, in the South Wing of Somerset House, London

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Switching a Brush for a Motherboard

Switching a Brush for a Motherboard

Jenna Burchell
Publication
07 Dec 2016

The Songsmith Project.

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Homing - Jenna Burchell

Homing - Jenna Burchell

Jenna Burchell
Publication
11 Dec 2014

An interactive sound installation by Jenna Burchell - touch memories

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