Newcastle
City wall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, June 2015, photo by Lalya Gaye.
My practice investigates spatial and social conditions within urban environments through interactive artworks situated at the intersection of sound, performance, and mobile technologies. My approach to both sound and media is greatly informed by my experience of walking in urban environments, which I consider to be a form of personal and spatial encoding. I began working with sound and technology simultaneously out of a desire to articulate the immediacy of walking while carving out a sense of place within the acoustic ecology of the city. Over the past decade, I have navigated these spaces through a gradual progression from headphone-based artworks to interactive pieces that integrate, through embodied interaction, the affordances of objects with the body’s expressive potential. Drawing from everyday experience and influences such as body art, locative media, phenomenology and the politics of broadcast, I use sound to create reciprocal dialogues between body, artwork and site through exploratory gesture, embodied interaction, improvised choreography, and play. I consider my practice to be an ongoing investigation into the ways that sound generated through the body places users between territories, and how these liminal spaces can create new forms of meaning.