i saY

Campbell, Steven, and Foley, Donna (2011) i saY. [Artefact]

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Abstract

Presented within Townsville's Strand Ephemera, a biannual ephemeral art exhibition, the sound installation titled i saY is seemingly very simple. A small and darkened shipping container placed on the city's bayside parklands physically contains nothing more than a kitchen table, a flickering candle and a few chairs. Six audio speakers are placed within the container, two on the table, and four suspended overhead. The simple visual setting belies a more complex sound-art installation relying on the soundtrack to evoke memories (for locals) or to provide an experience (for non-locals) of subjection to a storm of monstrous proportions, Cyclone Yasi.

Research Statement

Research Background This work furthers recent academic and analytical forays into the nature of sound as applied in film, television, and sound-art in a practical setting. Having worked with my proprietary Play+SPaCE interactive music system over many years, I have developed a considerable interest in the ways that sound can extend and represent, in the listener’s imagination, well beyond the confines of the setting in which it is provided. This work seeks to evoke sound in and for four separate spaces, aided by a multi-channel output configuration and sonic layers of narrative, cyclone-related environmental sound, and music.
Research Contribution Contextualized as a work in the genre of sound art, the work is intended to invoke memories and stimulate conversation for those that experienced Yasi. Alternatively, it is intended to provide a brief glimpse of the experience for others; through its presentation in a claustrophobic setting, through the realistically terrifying sound presented, and through the real stories related by people from one of the North Queensland towns most severely effected by the cyclone.
Research Significance The work explores notions of sound-art and extends the perception of the soundtrack outwards from the space in which it is physically encountered. This extension relates to a relaxed and reflective narrative space in which stories are told about the Yasi experience, to an unseen external and metaphysical space in which the sonic horror of the cyclone unfolds, and to a musical space that punctuates or reflects on both of the former.
Item ID: 19278
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: Audio projection equipment, shipping container, furniture
Funders: Townsville City Council
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 22:42
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190504 Performance and Installation Art @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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