Some time ago now (just before the pandemic in fact) I was interviewed by Nicole Robson, a PhD candidate in Media & Arts Technology at QMUL and a composer, musician and researcher exploring site-specific artworks.
It was a nice afternoon talking about the process of making site-specific sound works along with the terms for those involved - us as the makers of this work (my answer was 'an assembler, an aligner of things') and the name for the 'audience' ('participants' for me mainly).
I was one of nine interviews alongside other site-specific / responsive artists working with sound: James Bulley, Alex De Little, Roswitha von den Driesch & Jens-Uwe Dyffort, Sebastian Kite, Emma-Kate Matthews, Gerriet K. Sharma, Jeroen Vandesande and John Wynne. Nicole together with co-authors Nick Bryan-Kinns and Andrew McPherson have brought this together in the journal article 'On Mediating Space, Sound and Experience: Interviews with situated sound art practitioners' in Organized Sound journal.
Their study has identified artists as mediators, 'transfer[ing] their own situated and embodied listening to that of the audience and develop[ing] sonic and staging devices to direct perceptual activity and listening attention' (p1). Plus findings that '(2) the audience has an active relationship to the work; (3) the artwork shapes behaviour and perceptual experience; and (4) [the] engagement challenges.' (p3).
This is a really nice study of the formation of situated / site-specific sound artworks. It has also been a nice opportunity to reflect on my own practice and research since Feb 2020, of how my 'site' of the body has expanded to include other people's bodies, interweaving an 'audience' as participant even more so.
Have a read of the paper online here, or email me for a copy:
Hugely honored to have this amazing line up of guest speakers presenting at our event - sharing their experiences of curating / directing urban sound art festivals and projects around the world:
Join us, online 6 October, 3-6pm BST, Online: www.crisap.org/research/projects/sound-art-and-urban-spaces/
The exhibition has been extended!! On now until Jan 31st 2022.
Head down to Finsbury park to experience the Peoples Park Plinth exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery. Three site responsive mobile artworks are live now till Jan 31st 2022. Just take your mobile phone and a set of headphones and head to the gallery in the centre of the park and to check out our work, 'We are just animals, humans and machines getting on together in specific lifeworlds', by Hannah Kemp-Welch and I.
Peoples Park Plinth: www.furtherfield.org/peoples-park-plinth-2021/
Image © Hydar Dewachi
Huge thanks to Francesca Oldfield for shooting this video of our mobile app work 'We are just animals, humans and machines getting on together in specific lifeworlds' by Hannah Kemp-Welch and I.
If you cannot make it down to Finsbury park to visit the work in situ, this is the video for you :)
Big thanks to the Cities & Health team for putting together this detailed write up of Acts of Air exhibition and for interviewing Cathy Lane and I.
It's available here.
And here are some snippets below ....
Very pleased to be invited to be part of this Sustainable Sound series by CESSA (Concordia University) with Jordan Lacey and Pamela Z. I'm looking forward to connecting CESSA students in Montreal to the Acts of Air exhibition on the 26th.
It's been super interesting over the last couple of months doing workshops like this one - being able to be able to connect with people while they enact the artworks, watching their videos and talking about how their location and performative choices come into play. Looking forward to this one on the 26th! Sign up if you'd like to join in (there's a little space for non CESSA students I believe)
Sonic Rupture w/ Jordan Lacey (Apr 12) https://www.facebook.com/events/291318962607217
Acts of Air w/ me (Apr 26): https://www.facebook.com/events/1837378519754732/
Pamela Z (May 3) https://www.facebook.com/events/869490890294453/
And here's a link to the online exhibition Acts of Air, that we'll be visiting! http://acts-of-air.crisap.org/
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.
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:
15th October 2016
10.30 – 17.00
A one day workshop to explore audio interventions with me at the V&A. Build a small portable audio play back kit and use it to create audio intervention in the V&A or surrounding streets.
Read more and book on the V&A site.
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