Devon’s research involves using a practice-based approach to interrogate socio-political structures with their music.
Devon Bonelli is a PhD researcher at the Royal Northern College of Music with supervisors David Horne, Simon Clarke, and Sam Salem.
Devon’s research involves using a practice-based approach to interrogate socio-political structures with their music. By analysing the intersectionality between mental health and technology, their compositions examine the ongoing mental healthcare epidemic and how technology can be used as a way forward.
Recently, they have collaborated with the Ayla Quartet on a piece entitled Sertraline Daydream (2021). This string quartet incorporates ideas on the medicalisation of mental healthcare with contemporary studies on post-capitalism and politics of desire to examine tension between mental illness and wellness.
They have been the recipient of a PRS Grant for their upcoming collaboration with the Larisa Trio and Excessive Human Collective. This work, titled Disco-pian Wasteland, will examine post-work theory, the rise of AI in the workplace, and interpersonal relations. This piece for piano trio, live electronics, multimedia video, and dancers will be workshopped in April of 2022 and developed further for performance in 2023.