Installation & Intervention

Bee Symphony 2013

A slowed down exploration of the sounds of Bees.

SoundPod D2000

A site Specific Sound Installation created for Heaven and Earth Five, Acclimatized,  Carkeek Park, 2013

Welcome to the Soundpod D2000. 

D because it's digital from beginning to end and 2000 because that once sounded like the future to someone born of the 1970's. 

It is fashioned from an old school Copper toilet float, Victorian in styling with a fascinating organic nature. I fell in love with these objects two years ago whilst turning them into bird feeders for solstice gifts. Inside this little trinket of the past sits a vision of the future a sound card of the technology used in hi tech greeting cards of today, throwaway technology. I question  this throwaway aspect and wish to find reuse.

Technology that once would make a man gasp and gawk now gets chucked in the rubbish. 

As for the beauty of the copper toilet float, it has a beauty I don't see in my modern home. 

I recognize the purpose of the copper float vs it's plastic doppelganger of today. Copper is antibacterial and withstands harsh conditions there was a point to getting a copper one in your loo, you would never need another, unlike it's plastic cousin who will likely require a replacement, perhaps several.  And is that why everything is made from plastic now, so we will always need more? As the toilet float it regulated the flow  of water now in the Soundpod D2000 it regulates the flow of sound.

Now these are interactive pods, they are equipped with infrared sensors and activated by you, or your dog. They work in day and night conditions and are well weatherized all powered by a single solar panel.

The point of the pods other then to explore reuse of disregarded objects was to attempt to neutralize some human noise.

These tracks are birds and bees of the areas in and around Seattle, who we digitally recorded since the spring began.  We visited a fantastic Bee man named Paul and nightly went to a local woods til we caught the local barred owls on digital recorder.

We even mimic bird sounds ourselves and I dare you to tell the difference.

It's been a wonderful exploration of sound but seeking the quiet creatures only makes you realize how truly loud we are. There's always a plane flying overhead, or a motor of some sort, Sunday early mornings offered a bit of reprieve.

From now through to October  the Soundpods can be found at "Acclimatized Heaven and Earth V" along with the work of 13 fantastic artists at Carkeek Park, Seattle, Wa.

The Soundpods live in a dead tree at the back of the orchard we hoped to reinvigorate this tree with life, one last shout. 

Sponsored in part by Goal Zero.

 

Bee Love 2011

The plight of the bees is one such voice I would like to reinforce, as Einstein says "If the bee disappeared from the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

Our entire food chain is reliant on these little fellows and i wish to offer a little extra safe harbor.
How at odds are we with our fellow creatures of this earth? We could be living in harmonic symbiosis with them yet we are actually killing those who feed us, and allow for our entire existence.
   
With our highly developed brains one would think we would take more care in how we kept house. Those of us who are loud and make the most noise stomp over those who are quiet and if we look at this as survival of the fittest well when those fit survive will bees survive right along with them?

Is it survival to kill what and who provides you with food?
To look at the quieter voices that surround us from the shyest human down to the gentle hum of a bee we see there's variation and strength in diversity rather than complete encompassment of the moral majority.
 
We need to tread a little lighter and think twice about what it is we consume as well as release, before the world becomes inflamed with a bunch of belligerent shouters and at a loss of our quieter necessary friends.

Collage

Various Collage from many years of adhesives and scissors. 

Noise Challenge 2013

Labspace Toronto brings you a collaborative and rather spontaneous worldwide project documenting noise with a series of weekly challenges. We are given a challenge and a week to respond  in any way seen fit really, no holds barred. thank you Labspace x.

 Pianist Said Quickly Sounds Like Penis 2003

The Jackass Penguin 2003

A sculptural Installation in an Erotic Book Shop as part of the Hay on Wye Literature Festival.

Sculptural Installation of a Jackass Penguin, to scale in an Erotic Bookshop.

Hay on Wye Literature Festival 2003

Nanobots 2001

Collaboration with sound artist Paul Manley