ArtsLab Shopfront's artists in residence

Three weeks in… what’s happenin’!

So, three weeks into the ArtsLab journey… how time flies! All of us are starting to generate lots of intriguing material in this, our development stage. I’m finding that it’s really nice to have the space, time, resources and encouragement to PLAY- to be given provocations and tasks, as well as being pushed to find our own way in terms of how best we use our rehearsal time within the contexts of our individual projects.

Speaking of the individual projects, I mentioned in my last post that I would speak more about that the next time I wrote. So here it is! My project sprang out of my interest in ‘the everyday’- the things we come across in our everyday lives which hold intrigue, interest and power when put under the microscope, but are otherwise overlooked. In particular, I wanted to focus on this experience from an aural perspective – the many, MANY sounds that pass through and by our ears every day of our lives.

I’ve been doing a lot of sound recording in the past few weeks in order to collect a vast array of sound material from all over the place. I’ve been using a range of devices to record, including a flipcam, laptop, and phone, in order to capture sounds through many different sources, which has given me a nice range of timbres to work with.

The fun/scary/core part of the process is what I do with the sounds once I’ve collected them. Will I perform? Will I be absent? Will it be a live, interactive experience for the audience? Will it be an installation? I have no idea. And that’s cool. That’s why I’m here, to find out what it is this project wants from me and from its audience. I’m working with the desire to draw an audience’s attention to the fascination that lies in the supposedly mundane – to see how weird, wonderful and brilliant the soundscape of the world is in its everyday existence. How that manifests by the end of 9 weeks of development leading to the Work-in-Progress showing, and 6 months of residence here at Shopfront culminating in the ArtsLab season – who knows!! But I’m looking forward to finding out.

In my next post I’ll aim to share some of the results of my experiments, so expect some sounds and visuals from what I’ve been up to to make their way to this blog very soon!

Image: http://joeystrawn.com/2011/02/16/something-fun-to-do-in-nashville-tonight/ 

Responses (2)

  1. Celeste says:

    *standing ovation*

  2. Tanya Thaweeskulchai says:

    Oooh, results of experiments?!