Sonya Dyer


In Andromeda, a portal between worlds opens, creating a conduit between the Andromeda galaxy and Earth, transporting a chorus of drummers into the world of an unsuspecting protagonist.

Sonya Dyer’s commission for Art Night 2021 continued Hailing Frequencies Open, her ongoing body of work intersecting the Greek myth and constellation of Andromeda, actor Nichelle Nicols’ astronaut recruitment activism and the complex genesis of HeLa cells, the first human materials sent into Space. Dyer’s commission includes performance, animation and morse code. Continuing the epic world building characteristic of the HFO project, Speculative fiction, social justice and art history collide.

Andromeda was broadcast as part of our online programme: 13 July – 15 July + as part of our marathon screening on Thursday 15 July 2021.

Commissioned by Art Night and Somerset House. Supported by the Adonyeva Foundation. Images – Sonya Dyer, HFO: Andromeda, 2021. Image courtesy Art Night, photo by Talie Eigeland.


Sonya Dyer is an artist and writer from London. She is a Somerset House Studios Resident and was a finalist for the Arts Foundation Futures Award 2021 and a 2020 UK Associate Artist at the Delfina Foundation. Dyer is an alum of Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program. Dyer’s practice explores how subjectivities and alliances are formed across cultures and temporalities, creating possible futures. Recent projects include 13 Ways of Looking, Herbert Gallery and Museums (2020), Rewriting The Future, Site Gallery (2019), Another World is Possible, CAMP, Copenhagen (2018), Familiar Strangers, The Luminary, St Louis, (2018), Or, Dark Fecundity, The Centre for Afrofuturist Studies, USA (2018), The Claudia Jones Space Station (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, 2017) and Into the Future (Primary, Nottingham, 2015).

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