Women Drivers is a bank of long-form samples featuring the voices of women talking in depth about their cars and their relationship to driving, subverting the patriarchal trope of the ‘clueless hazard’. The material was sourced from the documentary series ‘From A to B: Tales of Modern Motoring’ (1993, dir. Nicholas Barker).
Due to the nature of my playing style and the machine I use to integrate sampled material into my sets, I can never be sure which of the fascinating Women Drivers will appear, or what her choice of vehicle will reveal about her self-image, fantasies and aspirations. As a young woman, one of my first forays into the world of motoring was a Mercedes 508D – 24 feet in length, rated at 5 tonnes, with deafening engine noise and no power steering. What does my choice reveal about me?
Women Drivers appeared sporadically during live improvisations between 2017 and 2019.