HearAfter

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 HearAfter tracesOriginally produced by the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, HearAfter is a contemplative, immersive pre-composed sound installation inspired by the life cycle, memory, and the process of decay. HearAfter is a pun on ‘hereafter’, which means ‘in the time to follow’ and is often associated with questions about experiences after death. With this in mind, the piece HearAfter, through the present moment of a listening experience, at one level might be heard to tap into memory – a sense of something past, gone, altered or retold, but at the same time could suggest a kind of anticipation of a future that is both factually certain yet remains unknown.

While the human voice is often considered primarily as a communicator of words, I am artistically interested in its potential as sonorous, expressive and sculptural material. The sounds of breathing and an array of vocal gestures weave together with other abstract sounds into a collage of overlapping cycles and collisions.

Producer curator Katie Bruce talks, after the preview, about our first meeting and the HearAfter work at the GoMA blog – many thanks indeed to Katie, Jack McConchie, Stuart Gordon, and to GoMA and Final Fling for supporting the work.

Performances

2014
Transnational Express, Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
Ohrenhoch Sound Gallery, Weichselstr. 4912045 Berlin-Neukölln

2013
Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, Scotland

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