The work has entered the digital domain due to the restriction of C19. The work of listening and making has had to diversify the practice.Technology is a vital aspect to listening. However, rapid consumption of electronic devices and their stimulus on our consciousness has compromised our ability to appreciate listening. A conscious awareness of listening is now crucial to wellbeing within the current, geopolitical landscape we now find ourselves adapting to.
Adaptation and diversity are two driving forces within the natural biosphere. We are being invited to advance with the rise of A.I technologies and the new enforced, global, digital environment. My listening practice developed a physical relationship with the listeners body and the body of sound through interactive sculptures. Because of the global pandemic, the work is now adapting and diversifying its method of delivering listening to a virtual audience.The listening practice now attempts to point towards contemplation of individualisation, through silent, moving images, a kind of listening with our eyes, a visual feast. Through collage, print, photography and video, these silent movies become objects to observe time and space, illuminating the observer mind within.
Shoes Off, Sit: Has been chosen for Septembers COVID-19 edition of Dwell Time, a not-for-profit arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing.
Dwell time: The time a train spends at a scheduled stop without moving. Typically, this time is spent boarding or alighting passengers, but it may also be spent waiting for traffic ahead to clear, or idling time in order to get back on schedule.
In these are unprecedented and worrying times, our mental wellbeing and creativity is paramount. Whilst we are confined with limited social interaction, we want to offer space to explore our responses to the pandemic and social isolation.
The work engages its audiences interactivity in listening…so much to reflect upon through the works interaction and feedback with an audience! Thank you to Debbie Hillyerd and Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Somerset for giving us the space and time to be with the world again!
Installation view ‘In Real Life’ Graduate Exhibition, The Maltings, Hauser & Wirth Somerset 2020 Photo: the artist.
Listening needs to be encouraged within our local and national communities. We need to practice and engage in listening to each other again. Some of us, have forgotten what it is to listen and know one’s deepest self. This initiative encourages communities to sit and listen together, in the space in-between walls of prejudice and bias.