Listening for Instruction surveys how sounds are used as signifiers in public spaces.
Collecting beeps, hisses, tones and automated voices, this work looks at how human workers are replaced by recorded sound, how sound is used to direct our behaviour, and how the voice is positioned within that. Probing current debates around the potential changes automation brings to working lives this study advocates for an automated future, supporting the anti-work movement’s call for ‘the right to the idle’ - the artists commit their own voices into a hybrid synthetic persona in support of this.
- Journey (sound, 7m 14s). Listen to extract.
- Virtual Voices (sound, 6m 35s). Listen to extract.
- Dictionary of Beeps (zine, 29 pages). Read online.
A collaboration with Hannah Kemp-Welch, first exhibited at Fringe Arts Bath, Bath Festival 26 May - 10 June 2018, with an 8 channel edit of Virtual Voices exhibited at Sound Reasons Festival 26 October - 21 November 2018.