Reel Lives concert series will be playing Virtual Voices, an 8 channel work by Hannah Kemp-Welch & I. This three part concert series is curated by Cathy Lane as part of the Reel Lives exhibition. Book on eventbrite.
Artists include Ain Bailey, Caroline Bergvall, Kate Carr, Viv Corringham, Poulomi Desai, Caroline Devine, Lisa Hall and Hannah Kemp-Welch, Cathy Lane, Lina Lapelyte, Brona Martin, Else M’bala and Karen Power
Virtual Voices reviews the current use of automated voices in our cities - considering how human presence is represented through recorded and digitally manipulated sound, and how this is used to direct our behaviour. The work questions how automation has been implemented, re-visioning the positive changes that voice technology could bring to working lives if social good were considered over profit motive.
"It seems as if an invisible, disembodied workforce has moved into the cities. A workforce who have replaced certain roles such as train operators, ticket inspectors, check-out sellers and lift operators. They are becoming more and more present, sounding out from new devices, serving new roles, talking more, and more, and more. Yet who are they?"
Virtual Voices articulates this workforce: hearing it's many mouths and many heads that speak simultaneously across great distances, hearing it's limited representation of the population, it's gender bias, and it's embodiment in the machinery it speaks from - the lumps of technology now clothed in a sonic human identity. Looking to the future, the work proposes how we could shape a positive automated future - one that doesn't result in mass unemployment or misrepresentation, but supports the anti-work movement's call for "The Right To Be Lazy". In support of this the artists commit their own voices into a hybrid synthetic persona, creating their own virtual workforce to speak on their behalf.
Virtual Voices is part of the project Listening for Instruction - a sonic survey reviewing the current position of automated sounds in our cities.
Our new work, Listening for Instruction, by myself and Hannah Kemp Welch is now up at Fringe Arts Bath's exhibition 'It Sounds Devicive. Show'. On till June 10 - info here: www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/devicive
If you're not in Bath this week, have a listen online to some extracts and have a digital flip through the zine: Listening for Instruction
Hannah and I are showing a new work in this exhibition investigating themes of devices & machines that surround us creating sound all day, every day. More details.
Great video by ISSTA documenting the conference 'Temporary Autonomous Zones' last autumn.
Lovely to meet Robbie Judkins recently and to take a cricket song sound walk around east London together talking about the sound of crickets and insects.
His brilliant radio show Animal Sounds, has a new episode #8 Insects that will air on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 25th Nov at 20.00. and feature a bit of our walk.
Its also going to be online afterwards on the Resonance FM Mixcloud page.
The amazing poster image is by Wil Judkins
Very pleased to have been invited to Sound Traces Moves conference last weekend to share my work Walking with Crickets with dancers, choreographers, musicians and researchers at the Orff Institute, Salzburg, Austria.
The full programme is here:
19, 20, 21 November
I will be leading two cricket song sound walks and presenting my work Walking with Crickets at Sound - Traces - Moves conference in November.
More info coming soon.
An excerpt of Walking with Crickets will feature on an upcoming radio show on the BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series exploring the cultural interest in Crickets.
A cricket walk and interview were recorded on 8th August by Brett Westwood & Sarah Blunt with myself, Ximena Alarcon, Hannah Kemp-Welch & Francesca Oldfield in Elephant and Castle.
On air: November 2016 - Tuesday 1st @ 11am & Monday 7th @ 9pm.
Online in November listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05w99gb/episodes/player
Photo by Sarah Blunt
A sound walk with cricket song as part of ISSTA's Festival and Conference of TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS ZONES.
6th September 2016 @ Nerve Centre 5.20pm
ISSTA, Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association
More on Walking With Crickets
With support from London College of Communication & CRiSAP.
A curated playlist of sound works selected by Framework Radio - featuring the lovely recording made by Richard Bentley on the Points of Listening sound walk in April - Walking with Crickets.
Listen here: http://www.frameworkradio.net/2016/05/553-2016-05-22/
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