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ESP Research Seminar: Louise K Wilson, Rebecca Lee and Samuel Rodgers
Wed 5 October 2016, 13:00 – 15:00 BST
Extra-sonic practice research group/Lincoln School of Media/Sonophilia presents:
Sound, Space and Listening: with Louise K Wilson (Leeds), Rebecca Lee (Nottingham) and Samuel Rodgers (Birmingham)
Louise K Wilson
Listening to the background
Louise’s work often incorporates field recordings to ask questions about the spatio-temporal physicality of institutional sites and our perceptions of them. She has previously travelled to numerous (military and scientific) locations including nuclear submarines, US listening stations, university halls, marine research environments, rocket launch sites and disused RAF bases in pursuit of the acoustics of these complex spaces. More recent work however uses ‘found sound’ such as cinema soundtracks and a personal archive of recorded interviews (made from the age of eleven onwards) to explore our relationship with the recorded past and the voice. She will be reflecting on how audio recording devices used to frame and mediate the world, also subject it to the affective power of memory and sensation.
Louise K Wilson is a visual artist whose work frequently involves the participation of individuals from industry, museums, medicine and the scientific community in its making. Recent exhibitions include Submerged: Silent Service (Ohrenoch, Berlin, 2015); Duet for One: Intangible Culture (Ohrenhoch, Berlin, 2014); Dukes Wood, Nottingham (2013); Topophobia (Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool and Spacex Gallery, Exeter, 2012. She is a lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Leeds. For further information: lkwilson.org
Rebecca Lee and Samuel Rodgers
If the bell rings, we will hear it
If the bell rings, we will hear it is a project that explores the reciprocity between materials, space and environment in live improvised performance. Through a series of performances and residencies, Rebecca and Samuel will develop a new body of work that focuses on the performer, their materials, the space, environment, and audience as listening, seeking to allow synchronicities between these elements to emerge through an intuitive approach to performance. Their performance at ESP #2 marks the start of the project, so here, they share some of the approaches and ideas guiding their work; how they differentiate their approach from other improvised music; and their interest in the sonic language that emerges through nurturing such an approach to listening.
Rebecca Lee and Samuel Rodgers have been working together since 2013 when they performed a number of scores by Jack Harris as part of his residency at Primary in Nottingham. In 2014 they performed a new work at Rammel Club in Nottingham, later performing this work as part of Oxford Improvisers’ programme. Since that time they have been developing their improvisatory practice for prepared flute and piano, as well as a more expansive performance practice that explores relations between materials, touch, movement, space, and listening.