Rory Pilgrim – The Undercurrent


Berlin’s Creamcake label is pleased to announce the release of the EP The Undercurrent by Rory Pilgrim, out on 1st August, 2021

“The Undercurrent” was presented as part of 3hd 2020: “UNHUMANITY” festival week. Telling of urgent contemporary issues through music, it is a statement on the era of the climate crisis. It creates connections between art, activism and spirituality, while exploring community-building locally and globally, offline and online. “The Undercurrent” was made over a period of two months through workshops, field trips and vlogs, and filmed in Boise, Idaho, with 10 young climate activists and the surrounding towns. While this environmental emergency appears to be the most important theme, these participants explore how climate change interconnects with other aspects of their lives, including family, difficulties with religion, friendship, fighting for gender equality and the essential needs of a household.

Rory Pilgrim works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performances. Centered on emancipatory concerns, the Ee (NL) and Isle of Portland (UK) based artist aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. 

Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially-engaged art, Pilgrim works with others through a different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. In an age of increasing technological interaction, the work creates connections between activism, spirituality, music and how we form community, locally and globally, from both beyond and behind our screens. Pilgrim was awarded the Prix de Rome in 2019, while recent solo exhibitions presented at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2020), Between Bridges, Berlin (2019) Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2018), South London Gallery (2018), Flat Time House, London (2016) and others.

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