Co.Lab Sound Peer Network is comprised of 14 international artists and curators developing collaborative practices across sound and performance art. This year long collaboration will comprise of workshops, lectures, open forums, and studio sessions to develop new participatory methodologies and a body of collaborative artwork.
Not only concerned with the theory and history behind avant-garde sound and performance practices, Co.Lab Sound aims to discuss the contemporary issues of live and participatory artwork both in-person and online today.
Co.Lab Sound Peer Network 2020-2021
My art practice uses the soundwalk as a means to capture natural sounds in forested environments. A soundwalk can transcend the sounds that we hear in the environment – it can become a psycho-geographic layering of sounds heard in a space -- as well as the imagined sounds stimulated by the experience. This is reminiscent of the ‘dérive’ that Guy Debord (a situationist) wrote about in his paper ‘Theory of the Dérive’. In relation to my current work in social isolation, these imagined sonic experiences have created nostalgic feelings for me and a longing for the sounds of the wilderness that I cannot experience at the present time.
A soundwalk can be seen as an event that enables the artist's imagination and inner worlds to manifest themselves. A soundwalk can tap into the powers of spatial imagination while the artist moves through a forest space, for example. It becomes both a situation where the artist records sounds through creative activity and at the same time experiences a unique series of events.