25 Jul 2023


Soft Life: Time

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How can we make time free?

We contemplate different ways of experiencing time beyond the linear, with Somerset House Studios artist Shenece Oretha on transforming time through the practice of listening, sociologist Judy Wajcman on unpicking progress from speed in the digital sphere and psychologist Dr Ruth Ogden on how our experience of time is relational and whether it’s possible to conceive of ‘free time’ in a modern world.


Judy Wajcman is Professor Emeritus at the LSE and co-lead of Women in Data Science and AI project at The Alan Turing Institute.

Dr Ruth Ogden is a Reader in Experimental Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University where she researchers the psychology of time.

Through multi-vocal and multichannel sound installations, sculpture, print, workshops and text Shenece Oretha amplifies and celebrates listening and sound as an embodied and collective practice.

Dr Bayo Akomolafe, rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije and a post humanist thinker, poet, public intellectual, essayist, and author.

Listen to the Soft Life series

In this four-part series we take the idea of ‘soft life’ as a launch off point to explore alternative ideas around work, time, the body and ecology emanating from Somerset House and beyond. We talk to radical thinkers, artists and writers, who are carving out these new ways of being in the body, centring the soft and the in-between, finding space for rest and looking at ways of expanding time beyond the clock.


Soft Life

Our ways of working aren’t working. How can art offer new ways of being outside of the values of hustle culture?

The Body

Soft Life

How can the soft body challenge social hierarchies?

The Earth

Soft Life

What if the way we're approaching the crisis is part of the crisis?


Soft Life is produced by Alannah Chance and Axel Kacoutié
With sound by Axel Kacoutié and additional music by Ellen Zweig

This episode includes the following sound works by Shenece Oretha:
Listening Wholes
Ah So It Go, Ah No So it Go, Go So!
Who Can’t Hear Must Feel 

Supported by

Rothschild Foundation