ShowRCA

Curating Contemporary Art

MA Graduate Projects

9–20 March

Project

Sound Field

An immersive experience bringing together sound works that physically affect the body

CCA Sound FIled Header Image

Florian Hecker, 3 Channel Chronics, 2010, performance view, Mumok, Vienna, 2010 © Manuel Gorkiewicz

The result of investigations into audio-tactile sensations, this exhibition brings together sound works that physically affect the body. Immersive by design, site-specific installations and performances afford visitors the opportunity to temporarily break from the image-saturated world.

Featured artists & artworks

Artists

Ain Bailey

CRTYRDGLLRYii, 2016

Ain Bailey AGORA
Ain Bailey, AGORA, 2015, installation view, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, 2015  © Ain Bailey

CRTYRDGLLRYii builds on Bailey’s recent AGORA project, an investigation into the acoustics of architectural spaces where publics are formed. Compositions, derived from field recordings, processed, and returned to her sites of inquiry, are played back as performances. The Courtyard Gallery space offers a different physical proposition from former sites of inquiry, as it does not have a strictly defined purpose. CRTYRDGLLRYii asks ‘What is the relationship between the gallery, sound and the human population who inhabit it, even for a moment?’

Artists

Mark Fell Florian Hecker

Two Opposing Spectra, 2016, Mark Fell and Modulator, 2012, Florian Hecker

Mark Fell and Florian Hecker present a new configuration of two sound works simultaneously occupying one space. This first-time collaboration manifests as a conversation in sculptural sounds and chromatic lights to create an environment which surrounds the visitor in a sonic scene.

Mark Fell 64 Beautiful Phase Violations
Mark Fell, 64 Beautiful Phase Violations, 2013, installation view, The Sonic Fusion Festival, 2013. Photo courtesy of Nick Harrison

Fell’s Two Opposing Spectra is a new work comprising two studio monitors that directly face one another. Each monitor emits a different synthetic oscillation that does not vary over time. The change therefore happens when the visitor moves between the speakers and experiences the interplay between the sounds, the space, and themselves.

Florian Hecker 3 Channel Chronics
Florian Hecker, 3 Channel Chronics, 2010, performance view, Mumok, Vienna, 2010 © Manuel Gorkiewicz

Hecker’s sound piece Modulator is structured according to a sequence of auditory objects, streams and events that exist in stark opposition to each other. Installed using a single, suspended loudspeaker system, the work features a complexity of non-standard sound synthesis processes, means of decomposition, and further resynthesis.

Sound Field programme

Wednesday

09 March

Curators’ tour

4–5pm

Meet at the Entrance

Thursday

17 March

Curators’ tour

4–5pm

Meet at the Entrance

Sound seminar with Jon Wozencroft

6–9pm

Senior Common Room, Darwin Building

Friday

18 March

Performance by Theo Burt

5–6pm

Lecture Theatre 2