The sonic instruments that I have been building for the past years, were brought together as one installation, film and soundscape in June 2019, where a guild of visionary women artisans, architects and engineers used them to lay plans for the foundations and communication infrastructures for a new city. Extending their lines of thought into the future, they unfurled the sonic spaces of the sensitive instruments playing and working them as their tools. Air pipes were used to sample and analyse the air of the existing city. A triangle structure with tremolo arms was used as a base to form elastic audiovisual structures in a volatile negotiation. The instruments have individual characters and this presence is felt as various undercurrents in the forthcoming film and soundtrack. They are informed by ancient musical instruments, hypnotic material processes of artisan work, aquatic life forms and utopian collective architecture. Each instrument has unique inbuilt properties of sound, movement, materials and intention for its shared use. Moreover, the number of performers changes the pace and feel of each. The performers, instruments and sounds come together in an intricate choreography of delicate and suspended relationships.
With Choreographer Pepa Ubera, we merged our different approaches of movement and sound together over a three week period of exploration, this was something I specifically built into the process of the work, making it particular to this place and time. The work as a whole exists as a constellation of possibilities, having passed through many hands along the way, this version is specific to the group and their moment together. The performers also embodied each of the instrument’s qualities making them their own. The performers are: Letizia Binda-Partensky, Josefina Camus, Bun Kobayashi, Priya Mistry, Sara Ruddock and Céline Tschachtli. Choreographed by Pepa Ubera.
Currently in development is an installation for an exhibition period of time that will include a number of live performances, a film, a specially produced soundtrack, and a commissioned text by writer and curator Amy Lay-Pettifer.
Audio and video clips will be updated on this site in the coming months.
Director of Photography for the film and lighting, Emma Dalesman. Project Sound Engineer, (overseeing sound engineering), Francine Perry. Live Sound Engineer for the performance and film recordings, Phoebe Robinson.
Special thanks to Sound Engineer Sherry Ostapovich and all those who took part in workshops in 2017 and 2018 at Chisenhale Dance Space (in particular Antonio de la Fey, Robert Vesty, Paola Napolitano and Mira Vladimirova).
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. canadacouncil.ca