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BANNERColombo Art Biennale - 2
Moving Out Sunbeach
I’m really delighted to be collaborating with film-maker Wendy Kirkup on her new art film focusing on Berio’s Sequenze III for solo voice. The work is in its initial development phase and will unfold over the next few months.
The final stage of our residency was focused on preparing for our Moving Out event. Overall, the day at Sunbeach was a wonderful combination of visual art, sound, sculpture, video, performance, people, food, beer, Arrack sour, sea, sand, laughing, chatting, sharing…and cake (what a fabulous day for a birthday!).
We were thrilled to have a good local crowd join us for the day, and also delighted that so many people came down from the Colombo Biennale and the University Faculty of Visual and Performing Arts to join us for some or all of the time.
In our exhibition, which combined some finished elements and work-in-progress, my sound work Sabda saha Pintura was available as a headphone installation.
The title Sabda saha Pintura means sound and picture in Sinhalese – through much discussion this seemed to be the most apt translation for the collage idea I was working with in the piece. Exploring differences in the English/Sinhalese languages was very intriguing – how or in what way metaphors or concepts translate, for example, sound, soundscape, landscape, environment.
During the afternoon an audiovisual tuk tuk tour was running – a collaboration between Natasha (Russell) and me. Three people at a time could hop into Sudu’s tuk tuk and take a short round trip to visit Natasha’s work in local shops accompanied by my soundtrack. Big thanks to Sudu and Chinthaka for running the tours.
The soundtrack combined recordings I gathered from those shops – people introducing themselves and their businesses, shop sounds, etc – the general store, jewellers, barbers, a fruit and veg stall. I also recorded an introduction to the tour in Sinhalese, with pronunciation help from folk at Sunbeach.
Before a fantastic Sri Lankan curry banquet, I accompanied Samson Omiagien with some live vocals for his performance piece with sculpture, which we had rehearsed in the lead up to the event.
Later in the final week we headed up the road for the Colombo Biennale. I was absolutely delighted to have been invited by Shereen Perera to perform a live score for Video Jam – an event running as part of the opening night.
My film extract came from the beautifully strange, thoughtful film Light in the Yellow Breathing Space by Vimukthi Jayasundara.
I still have much to reflect on – such a wonderful thought-provoking time. Thanks to Neil and UZ, Chaminda, Chathura, Hasantha, Kari and all at Sunbeach, Maria and Jack, my fellow artists-in-residence, everyone I met.
Here’s a short clip from the Video Jam at the opening night of the Colombo Art Biennale. The link takes you through to the Facebook page of Decibel.lk – a Sri Lankan online news, reviews and events site…
Thanks to Decibel for that. And big thanks to Shereen Perera for inviting me to score for Video Jam.
I am very excited to have been invited to create a live score for the Video Jam event on the opening night of the Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka. I will be responding with a solo vocal performance to a beautiful clip of Sri Lankan film-maker Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Light in the Yellow Breathing Space.
The event is on 2nd December 2016 at the ZMax Fairway Hotel roof terrace and is part of the Colombo Biennale Performing Arts Programme.
Here’s the Facebook event .
Check out a wee clip from our performance of Hanna Tuulikki’s Away with the Birds on the stunning Isle of Canna last August (about 14 mins in).
Nursery, Primary and Secondary pupils from St John’s Academy have created a variety of sound and visual digital art works through a series of workshops with the Plan B Collective team for the Curriculum for Excellence GLOW Co-Create Hooks + Bites Exhibition. Come and join us at the Threshold Arts Space in Perth Concert Hall for an audio visual treat.
I am delighted to have been appointed sound artist and facilitator to the creative team of Plan B Collective, who have been awarded £30,000 for a Glow Co-Create project, Hooks + Bites. It is one of ten different projects across Scotland commissioned to take artists into schools to work with pupils to generate creative content for the national schools intranet, Glow. Read more here.
A short clip from Sarah Tripp’s 2009 film Move Mood.