PH1: artists in place

Morrad, Annie (2015) PH1: artists in place. [Event, Show or Exhibition]

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A reflection…
When finishing this piece, I was left with a reminder of presence and also the thought that, what is perceived to have left, is still here.

In sound, we hear a sound for an instant and after that instant; we assume the sound is no longer. In fact it will always be present, it’s just that we cannot hear it anymore.
Gaston Bacharlard in The Instant writes that ‘From the standpoint of life itself, we must therefore try to understand the past by means of the present instead of endlessly striving to explain the present in terms of the past….’

In this sound piece I explored the idea of ‘the instant’.

By working with Delaine and Damian James Le Bas, I had an understanding of past and present and of then and now coming together in one moment. This was both through their artwork and their teaching.

I formulated an idea of using an actual live physical soundscape, often humorous, recorded over an hour, connecting this with me playing a saxophone piece of my own composition. I wanted the presence and the place to come together in one form. When exhibiting, this sound file will be presented on wireless headphones in order for the audience to engage in a personal experience.

I used the Eye in York as ‘the place’, as this was where Delaine had set up the repository of knowledge. The saxophone was used as a constant presence, one that uses the breath of a human being to engage sound through a metal instrument. The collection of continued sounds recorded at the Eye, was placed beside the saxophone file. This formed the final outcome.

What I'm left with, is a deeper knowledge and wider understanding of the Roma's use of place and how this becomes a moment in that place's existence; a moment that is all the richer for the presence of these travellers, with their wisdom of the world and their extended history. Through experiencing the variety of peoples we learn more about the world and ourselves in it, reminding us of how much others give to us.

annie morrad january 2015

Keywords:PH1, sound art, experimental
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
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ID Code:16896
Deposited On:08 Mar 2015 22:42

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