PHILIP | SCHNEIDER & HANS ROSENSTRÖM DK/FI

Choral piece addresses the stigma of loneliness in a time engrossed in social media, self-staging, ‘likes’ and virtual friends.


The Nature of Isolation and Loneliness
(2019-2020) is a performative study and manifestation of isolation and loneliness. It’s a choral piece for 10 voices created by the artist duo Philip | Schneider and the Finnish installation artist Hans Rosenström.

The piece addresses the stigma of loneliness in a time engrossed in social media, self-staging, ‘likes’ and virtual friends.

The work started in Stockholm in 2019 before anyone knew that there was something called COVID-19 – and without knowing how relevant this topic would become. In the light of the following situation, the boundaries between people changed character – distanced in body but connected in thought by the new common pandemic reality.

Loneliness is a feeling most people experience in their lives. Studies even show that the area of ​​the brain that is activated when we experience loneliness and isolation is the same place that registers physical pain. Loneliness is often hidden away as a taboo in our society, without being addressed.

In The Nature of Isolation and Loneliness, we enter the farthest corners of the human brain, travel through the cells of the body and exit again with a renewed view on the community and the people around it.

Philip | Schneider consists of artists, singers and composers Josephine Philip and Hannah Schneider. With a common background in popular music, and an interest in the voice and its performative possibilities, they create seductive spacious compositions, performances and sound installations that engage both body, ears and mind.

Hans Rosenström is a Finnish artist internationally recognised for his site-specific spatial and sound-based installations. His practice is characterised by an ongoing exploration of how we relate to each other as human beings. His poetic and quirky works have a special resonance in these turbulent times where similarities are ignored and differences are exhibited and exploited by politicians and the media.