top image: The Broadcaster Project._ Inhabit, Wellingore, September 2013
other images: The Broadcaster Project._ Inhabit, Waddington, September 2013
Inhabit is an ongoing photographic project that takes the shape of a newspaper. Inhabit uses the brick as a starting point to examine architectural constructions and their transformations in diverse everyday places around England.
The photographs occupy most of the newspaper pages and they are displayed in notice boards, outside two Methodists rural chapels. In one of the pages of the newspaper, photographs of Bevin Court in London are superimposed on a reddish photographic background that captures the small brick traces that cover a parking lot in Nottingham. In other pages, a crate is demolishing a council state in Nottingham. The background is also bricks, although in this case they are new fake bricks, that cover new buildings.
Inhabit started within the context of the group project “Appropriated Instructions” and the redbrick Methodist chapels functioned as the trigger to survey the places we inhabit.
The Broadcaster Project.- Imagined Drones. Waddington, August 2013.
The Broadcaster Project.- Imagined Drones. Wellingore, August 2013.
Imagined Drones is a public intervention created in the context of “Appropriated Instruction” a group project that makes use of the notice boards located outside the post-methodist building in Wallington and Wellingore. The project began with a first visit to Waddington where the presence of civilians arranging a public demonstration brought to our attention the fact that the nearby air force base was used to launch drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) to Afghanistan.
In this context, the project took form of a reflection on the secrecy that surrounds the contested presence of this unmanned devices. When asking people about drones, the most common response was a vague awareness of the term. So the project’s intention was to create a space of observation through a simple question: how do you imagine a drone? Can you draw it for me? The power of imagination acts as a creator of reality, a sort of mental construction that allows the collaborators to engage with this invisible, yet very concrete reality.
The fist intervention constitute a series of collected drawings from 21 different people and intervened by the artist with images of the sky taken from her flat in London. The resulting images are placed as an inventory, a taxonomy that displays the different shapes of imagined aerial devices titled with actual drone model names. (CLICK HERE TO SEE)
The second part of the project is constituted by a small laser cut of a sky image in the form of a drone posted in front of a larger image of a blue sky, producing in this manner a play of camouflage depending of the shadows created by the sun.
Waddington and Wellintore, July 2013.
Village player is another take on the performance and actions involved in making audio field recordings and remains simply text until someone performs the instructions to make a live sound piece. It’s one in a recent series of pieces which explore how to make and present field recordings.
Field recordings of approximately two minutes in length, were taken one Sunday in May, during walks around Waddington and Wellingore where the Broadcaster notice boards sit. Recordings, which contained a number of ‘sound events’ made by different people and actions were then chosen and given the status of sound works in themselves.
I then wrote instructions for how a viewer might re-create those sound pieces, with an awareness also of what surrounds the two boards – pavement, an iron fence, bushes etc. By taking on the invitation to create the sounds and view them as elements of a sound piece, the viewer becomes a player and the piece, a way of playing back the field recording.