Tutors: Jen Southern & Rebecca Birch
The defining element to my studio practice is sound. Inspired by Murray Schafer's ideas surrounding Acoustic Ecology, my practice explores the relationship between human beings and their sonic environment.
Sound is a means through which we communicate information to one another within our domesticated and industrialised environment. Animals living within the surrounding natural environments also rely on sound to communicate, perhaps more so than we do. For the most part, their survival and reproduction are heavily dependent upon sound. In our society, we have occupied and dominated the natural environment and disrupted this natural flow of information. We now have an unbalanced soundscape, in which these natural sounds have become masked by our sounds.
My practice questions what happens when these circumstances are reversed. What happens when the sounds from the natural environment invade our space, particularly our domestic space. How do we feel and how does this affect our perceptions and relationship of/with the space.
My work makes use of the transformative power of sound and the dynamic quality of the ocean to explore these issues. Taking the viewer on a sonic journey in order to re-evaluate and meditate upon the unbalanced soundscape.