Posted on 2014-01-11 18:50:16 .
On Friday 17th January I will be speaking at a Tate research event entitled Art Maps: Field Notes.
This research seminar features presentations by three artists, myself, Simon Pope and Susan Stockwell, followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Professor Steve Benford, investigating the Tate’s Art Maps project and the relationship between art, place and technology. The Art Maps project is developing a web application that allows people to relate Tate artworks to places. Using a smartphone or computer, anyone will be able to find works in Tate’s collection on a digital map, then share local knowledge to help pinpoint locations as well as add comments.
We were invited to explore and test the Art Maps website on desktop and mobile devices and are each presenting a short illustrated response to the site, and the ideas behind it, from the perspective of our own practice and creative preoccupations. There is also a short presentation by doctoral student Cristina Locatelli, examining her findings from a series of public engagements with Art Maps. The event would be of particular interest to artists, technologists, curators and academics interested in locative media and mapping.
Full details can be found on the Tate website.
Posted on 2013-08-15 14:29:47 .
Ok, this is bad – over a month into the show I am finally getting around to posting about the great ILLUSION exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin. The Gallery specialises in shows that use art to illustrate, comment on or otherwise deal with scientific ideas, and ILLUSION looks at how we can learn about perception through (mostly visual) illusions. I have taken the principle behind my Exploded Sound work to create an audio illusion (entitled Significant Birds) in which a spoken text is broken down into individual harmonics which chirp away in 12 bird cages – the listener hears them drift in and out of phase. As they coalesce it is impossible not to hear the voice although no individual speaker contains any more than a single fluctuating pure tone (like the chirping of a bird – the bird imagery extends my piece Bird:Cage).
The Show runs till the end of September and details can be found here:
There are a couple of interviews with me online here:
(this one is a little stilted at first because they had just persuaded me to demonstrate some vocal harmonics on camera so I’m trying to express myself in a way that will make that feel natural )
The ILLUSION show also showcases the larger version of Madi Boyd’s The Point of Perception for which I made a soundtrack earlier this year:
Posted on 2013-06-18 11:37:33 .
Posted on 2013-06-17 10:15:05 .
Check out the Summer Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. This exhibition of incredible images of Space is on till September and features a soundscape by my composition students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The students contributed compositions and sound designs for the various themed sections of the exhibition and I have devised a Max/MSP patch that distributes these around the Gallery and sequences various combinations at various times, so its worth hanging about for a while. There is a little feature about the exhibition with some of the music here http://www.monocle.com/radio/shows/culture/
Posted on 2013-06-17 09:56:18 .
This curious contraption which seems to have landed in the grounds of Chelsea School of Art is the Be Open Sound Portal – a surround sound listening environment designed by Arup Acoustics. All this week it is in residence at Chelsea, just next to Tate Britain and I was asked to contribute a piece to one of the programmes that will be playing there. Opening times are here http://soundingspace.tumblr.com/times. My piece is first in the LCC block which is at different times each day. Mine is called ATC Zero.
Taking as its starting point two recordings I made in London after the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which left all air traffic grounded for several days (a condition known as ATC Zero), the piece moves through an invented landscape of exterior and interior spaces (including that of the Portal itself) and explores the simultaneous feelings of openness and enclosure experienced in that time. Its basically a chance to experiment with some vaguely ambisonic techniques, both recorded and synthesized. Check it out if you are in the area!