Zoë Irvine b. Aberdeen 1972
Zoë is an artist primarily working with sound, exploring voice, conversation, sound recording and the relationship between sound and image. Her artworks range from carefully crafted individual pieces for broadcast and installation, to participative events.

Her large scale works include This Evening’s Performance Has Not Been Cancelled (2020), an operatic call centre created in lockdown. This Evening’s Performance connected audiences to 9 European opera companies who’s performances had been cancelled or postponed, live, in conversation, by phone. This work was later documented in her radio short doc The Lockdown Oratorio of a Call Centre Operator (2022) commissioned by Lux Scotland/ BBC Now and Next programme.

DIAL-A-DIVA, a global 24 hour live phonecast concert experienced by phone that took place in 2005 & 2007, and Magnetic Migration Music a suite of works over a 10 year period exploring found cassette tapes from all over the world (actively collecting tape 1998 – 2008).
From 2013 – 2015 Irvine was artist in residence at the Scottish Parliament, collaborating with composer Pippa Murphy.

Alongside her own work, Zoë Irvine and Pernille Spence began collaborating as IRVINE & SPENCE in 2015 and continue to do so. Their work is a synthesis of ideas, methods and mediums from their individual practices in sound, performance and film. Their process is one of experimentation, close observation and audio-visual composition. Their most recent film piece Getting OK With Not Being OK That Things are not OK won the De Varti prize for funniest film at the Anne Arbor Film Festival 2024

As a freelance sound designer her work spans artist’s films, experimental radio, documentaries and more mainstream work.

Zoë is lecturer and researcher in Sound for Film at Edinburgh Napier/ Screen Academy Scotland.

900 Voices is a participative project by Zoë Irvine with Lindsay Perth and Jules Rawlinson, leading towards a sound installation in St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh. It has been commissioned as part of St Giles’ momentous 900th anniversary celebrations and launches in August as part of Edinburgh’s International Festival.
IG @900.voices

CONTACT – zebraphone@gmail.com
IG @soundslikezoe

© 2024
Zoë Irvine