Residency with Witte Rook, Breda, The Netherlands

Artist Residency from May until July 2021 to further develop the activation of discarded mechanical devices using sound impulses to be presented as a live performance. The first stage of this project was carried out during the residency at Ferme-Asile, Switzerland.

This period of research involves collecting sounds from Marseille and Breda and utilising them in the activation of objects found or donated in both locations. The first six weeks will be carried out remotely with me recording sounds in Marseille and testing their properties in the studio. I am meeting with the team of Witte Rook on a regular basis to discuss the progress of the project, but will also be connecting with artists and organisations in The Netherlands to discuss all aspects of the project and find further opportunities to present the results.

During the final three weeks I will be in residence at Witte Rook, physically meeting everyone I have connected with and presenting the results in Breda and hopefully other places.

This page will serve as a hub for links to view the project as it develops, with links added each week that will detail the progress of the project, the activities involved and the artists and organisations I connect with.

Also I will be updating the image to the right which shows the routes I am taking around the city, exploring for sounds and materials. I have chosen to show the routes only, not the city map, as I hope to slowly show the city as I rediscover it.

Last updated: 24th June 2021

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Week one

I explore Marseille, collecting sounds of particular areas for the first time in over a year. I stay local in the beginning, but by the end of the week I am already widening my net.

The image to the left shows my handy recorder (Roland R-05) capturing sounds of traffic passing below in a tunnel that runs under a large part of Marseille. This vent allows us to hear the traffic.

Please click on it to see the week's activities in more detail.

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Week two

Exploring the sounds of the city goes hand in hand with attending cultural events this week, with me attending a concert and an open air art exhibition.

Along with regular meetings with Witte Rook online, I also met with Bart van Dongen who runs POM in Eindhoven and current artist-in-residence at Witte Rook, Ruth de Vos.

Please click on the image to read about the week's activities.

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Week three

Time is divided between documentation of the live performance setup I developed at Ferme-Asile, CH which I am developing further in this residency, recording trips, meetings with local artists in Marseille and more official business here. Regular chats with the team of Witte Rook continue, plus on Tuesday I met with Rogier Telderman, musician and organiser of Dock Zuid collective space in Tilberg, NL.

Please click on the image to read the week's activities.

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Week four

The whole week is devoted to completing the documentation of the live performance setup and many scenes are reshot.

The video is now uploaded for viewing but has developed a glitch that needs fixing. I thank you for your patience.

Once this has been completed I can begin to replace all the previous sound material that activates the motors with the recordings I have collected in Marseille.

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Week five

The week is spent trying to replace the corrupted shots in the documentation video, which required a complete reinstall of the editing software.

As you will see I was also busy meeting many artists all around the globe online.

And I found time to build three new sound making devices from the detritus I have been collecting that I am particularly pleased with!

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Week six

A further three sound-making devices have been constructed, which does mean that all the previous devices used in this work have been replaced...

Work now begins on the structure and approach of the live presentation.

Plus a very pleasant chat with Breda-based musician Julian Edwardes.

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Week seven

Various combinations of objects and sounds were made during this week, the most promising documented in video and sound. The structure and flow still need a lot of work but this is the final week in Marseille and the whole setup has to be moved to Breda next week, where it will no doubt change. 

And in this final remote week I spoke to Arvind Ganga in The Hague and he will kindly host a performance of Channeling at his studio.

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Onsite! Weeks eight to ten

'Channeling' arrived in Breda! Reconfigured twice, additional material and devices added, and the structure reworked many times... This took place over the three weeks while I also managed to meet many of the creative people I had been introduced to and reached out to.

Presentations took places in Den Haag and Breda and received very positive responses!

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Epilogue...

After returning to Marseille I received a full length video from Arvind of the presentation in Den Haag and some feedback regarding the two shows. Videos of the presentations have been combined into one movie and I also edited one more movie to show the devices.

I also had a meeting with Kang Ji Youn who is living and working in Den Haag but also teaching in Breda, and who I completely missed while there!

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