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SHF's Highgate Cemetery Commission

The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening is a 40-minute immersive soundscape from artist Trevor Mathison that offers a re-examination of the lives and histories of those laid to rest at the cemetery in the context of contemporary anti-racism movements, honouring Stuart Hall’s memory and his ongoing impact on contemporary national debates. Audiences are invited to listen to the soundscape on headphones as they follow their own pathway through Highgate Cemetery’s beautifully conserved landscape of monuments, buildings, flora and fauna.

Trevor Mathison developed The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening by exploring the legacy of Stuart Hall (1932 – 2014) and his arrival in the UK from Jamaica in 1951 and taking a historical look at Highgate Cemetery: how it came into being, the radical thinkers buried there, and its botanical meditative landscape. The piece imagines those that are resting – philosophers, artists, writers from different periods – coming together to expand on their lives’ work and debate with each other. Mathison has incorporated field recordings from the Highgate Cemetery and its surrounding areas, as well as audio extracts from Stuart Hall’s 2004 lecture ‘Through the Prism of Intellectual Life’ and text from Hall’s posthumous memoir ‘Familiar Stranger’ spoken by actor Joseph Black. In addition, extracts from Selina Nwulu’s poetry have been woven into the piece.

Click here for information about the project.

The commission was produced in partnership with Highgate Cemetery and LUX, and was supported by Arts Council England.

21st June 2022 / Audio

The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening by Trevor Mathison (audio)

The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening is a 40-minute immersive soundscape from artist Trevor Mathison that offers a re-examination...

21st June 2022 / Images

Special Preview: 'The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening' (photos)

By: Jessica Emovon

This discussion and performance was part of a special preview of Trevor Mathison’s newly commissioned artwork ‘The Conversation Continues: We...

21st June 2022 / Video

'The Conversation Continues We Are Still Listening' by Trevor Mathison (film)

The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening is a 40-minute immersive soundscape from artist Trevor Mathison that offers a re-examination...

16th June 2022 / Video

The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening, with Trevor Mathison and Aasiya Lodhi

This discussion and performance was part of a special preview of Trevor Mathison’s newly commissioned artwork ‘The Conversation Continues: We...

16th June 2022 / Article

Introduction to Special Preview: 'The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening'

By: Becky Hall

On 9th June 2022, the Stuart Hall Foundation hosted Special Preview: 'The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening', launching Trevor...