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To mark the beginning of a new collaboration between LUX, Voices in the Gallery and Elaine Lillian Joseph exploring audio description, Sarah Hayden of Voices in the Gallery interviews Elaine about her practice as a professional audio describer in a recorded discussion with captions.

On Audio Description. Elaine Lillian Joseph and Sarah Hayden in Conversation


Elaine Lillian Joseph
 is an Afro-Caribbean audio describer for ITV and freelance describer for queer events (Bar Woteva, Melaneyes). By day she works on the nation’s favourite soaps (Coronation Street), period dramas (Sanditon, Victoria) and reality TV shows and by night she provides live commentary of cabarets and dance shows.

Sarah Hayden is currently writing a book about voice in video and thinking about voice and access in art. Recent publications include essays on Jenny Brady for LUX, Christopher Kulendran Thomas for Cultural Politics, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa for LUXZeroing In for Holt/Smithson Foundation, liquid voice and sensorial sovereignty for b2o: boundary2 online, and a trio of experimental lectures on Teacher Voices for SpamPlaza. Supported by an AHRC Innovation Fellowship (2019-2023) she leads “Voices in the Gallery”: a research, curating, writing and commissioning project, in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and John Hansard Gallery. www.voicesinthegallery.com