SSW Artist in Residence

Jez riley French
a quiet position – elusive fields
Public talk and workshop
Thursday 9th August – talk 18:30 – 19:30 + discussion
In recent years Located sound (field recording / site specific) has become a key thread in the wider sonic arts and in ecological / environmental concerns. Yet it’s power to both inform and challenge our perceptions of place remain somewhat muted under the weight of our imposed perceptions. How do we navigate our relationship with sound as material and experience and what is the role of technology?
In this informal talk Jez riley French will discuss some of the projects he has been working on in recent years, explaining the various extended techniques (contact microphones, hydrophones, electromagnetic coils, ultrasonic detectors, infrasound etc) that he uses to connect with located sound as both an artistic practice and a personal exploration. Hopefully this will lead to a group discussion on key topics such as perception, the art of listening, the gendering of sound technologies and practices and a sense of place without overt narrative.

Friday 10th August – workshop 10:00 – 13:00 +
Following on from the previous days talk, whatever your level of experience with field recording or active listening this workshop aims to provide a general introduction to both equipment and approach. The group will discuss different elements of the technology from the standpoint that they are are merely tools – important in various ways but not as important as personal connection and intention – and the psychology of listening. The group will then spend some time using hydrophones, contact microphones and coils to uncover the hidden sounds of local minerals and the SSW site itself.
No experience is necessary however if you have, or can borrow, a digital recorder do bring it along.
*Please note the workshop with Jez riley French is free but space is limited and booking is required. To book please contact arts@ssw.org.uk/ 01464 861372