These Cost The Earth

Elaine Mitchener ‘s new work descends and rescales the New Wing staircase in a multi-storey performative cycle.

Commissioned by Somerset House Studios

Made in collaboration with performers Wai Shan Vivian Luk, Tommaso Petrolo, and sound designer Michael Picknett, Somerset House Studios resident Elaine Mitchener presents These Cost the Earth, a new performance work that reflects upon the textile waste crisis, examining the environmental and human cost of discarding clothes to landfill.

Spanning movement, voice, and compositional sound design, the special presentation for Assembly takes Somerset House’s New Wing staircase as its setting, with Luk and Petrolo descending and rescaling the building’s steps in a multi-storey performative cycle for an onlooking audience below.

Photo credit: Anne Tetzlaff


Saturday 23 March 2024
Somerset House – London
, 17:30
Chairman’s Staircase
Part of Assembly 2024