Oh Dear Me (Documentation)

Knifeandfork (US)

Knifeandfork (Sue Huang and Brian House) created Oh Dear Me as a commissioned work for NEoN (North East of North) in Scotland. In this performance, the public is invited to chat through a distributed hybrid digital/analog musical messaging system that activates the acoustic geography and industrial history of Dundee, Scotland.

A series of musicians are situated along a path winding through the historic jute mills of the Blackness area of Dundee. Visitors are invited to type a message into a computer console at either endpoint of the path, and their words are digitally encoded via fragments of The Jute Mill Song (Oh Dear Me), a folk song written around 1920 by Dundee mill worker and labor activist Mary Brooksbank.

Commissioning organization: NEoN (North East of North) Ltd.
Funding organization: Creative Scotland
Musicians: Red Note Ensemble (Ana Romero, Arin Grattidge, Colette Colman, Emily Stokes, Joey O’Neil, Jordan Robertson, Kenny Letham, Marcus Shanks, Rebecca Wilson, Scott Kerr)
Video Documentation: Bonnie Brae Productions
Special thanks to Donna Holford-Lovell, Dan Faichney, Ed Broughton, John Harris, Christine Cooper, Anna Murray


Sue Huang works at the intersection of media arts, installation, performance, and social and collaborative practices. Her solo and collaborative works with Knifeandfork have been exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Cincinnati, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), New Museum for Contemporary Art, Beall Center for Art and Technology, and Kulturhuset in Stockholm. Huang has previously taught as a lecturer at Smith College, Cal Poly Pomona, and UCLA. MFA, UCLA Design Media Arts (2007).

Brian House is an artist whose performances, installations, and interventions address the rhythms of bodies in contact with computation. His work has been shown by MoMA (NYC), MOCA (LA), Ars Electronica, Transmediale, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Tel Aviv Center for Contemporary Art, Eyebeam, and Rhizome. House is currently a PhD candidate at Brown University.