Submersive Testimony goes Live!

This specially commissioned 5 minute film has now gone live on the 7.3m high Media wall at Bath Spa University. You can see a live feed here, or you can visit in person at the Newton Park Campus from Friday 20th May to Monday 30th May.

This film seeks to challenge the  narrative of the global climate conversation. Global temperature is an ill-suited guide because it fails to contend with the inherently-systemic nature of climate change. Different communities experience the same event in different ways, depending on their degree of marginalisation. The people most vulnerable to climate change are simultaneously those with the least agency over policy.

In Submersive Testimony a Western businessman – someone with a great deal of agency over policy –is caught in a tempest and gradually submerged, reversing the assumption that the effects of climate change happen far away, and to others, not ‘us’.

The sonic component derives mostly from bioacoustic material – recordings directly from nature. Within the immersive symphonies of aquatic sounds, a parliament of rooks can be heard debating policy. Sounds from this intelligent and sociable species are not echoed in the visual narrative – the policy-makers are elsewhere, in a place of safety.

MediaWall is viewable 10am – 7pm for the individual members of the public. Large groups or parties cannot be accommodated during this period as there are examinations being held in the building


Fringe Arts Bath – getting wetter every day

The courier from Budapest delivers Klara Petra Szabo’s pieces on friday – 3 Frostworks each the same height as myself. James Sharkk is considering pasting his prints directly onto the peeling walls of the Ladies Pool. Laura Hopes (Tank) and Abris Gryllus moving image work will be as if in dialogue across a room whose ceiling has caved in. Laura Denning (thats me!) will show a multi-projection onto massive scrolls draping the kitchen walls in the old bath house. Erik Matrai’s Parting of the Red Sea will form a an immersive environment in the room off the Ladies Pool. Cities & Memory will take over the only room left in the Bath House that is safe to walk around. The building is chaperoned by elegant changing rooms on either side, forming a Crescent that is punctuated at the far end by the Ladies Pool. The entire site envelops a long pool and is situated on the bank of the Avon. Just a couple of minutes from the Holbourne Museum, down a residential street, through a secret gate, follow the path down to the site and prepare to linger.


Art Language Location

I am very pleased to have been selected to take part in  ALL2016 in October of this year. My piece – Simon Says – uses text as speech, speech as sonic trigger and text as CCTV annotation to tell the story of the water flowing below and sometimes along the streets of Cambridge, and which culminates in participants manipulating water flow using sound frequencies.

The project takes its name from a significant city resident who quietly and invisibly ensures that Cambridge doesn’t drown in its own sewage. Simon Bunn is the Sustainable Drainage Officer for Cambridge City Council, whom I interviewed last year when researching the man-made water courses in the city. This interview forms the basis of the trail

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