This one-day workshop is led by Iris Garrelfs and will provide you with an introduction to exploring site specificity through sound, as a sense, a socially engaged method for exploring sites and communities, and an artistic medium. We will prioritise our ears through exercises and a sound walk, and explore how we can collect, curate and communicate site.
Collecting site may include recording environmental sound, interviews, or sounding architecture; curating site looks at creating a unified work from the material; and communicating site explores strategies to employ in site-specific performance or installation. This workshop will focus on the aspect of collecting site, firstly by familiarising ourselves through listening, then recording interviews, environmental sound, collecting objects and other materials. We will briefly look at curating and communicating site.
Iris Garrelfs is a site-responsive sound artist active across performance, installation and fixed media. Through listening she explores relationships with the world; her understanding of place includes people who, through their ideas or presence, participate in creating it. Her work establishes experiences, environments for listening and has featured in major institutions worldwide, for instance the Onassis Centre Athens; Transmedia Borders Mexico, International Computer Music Conference New York; GSK Contemporary – Royal Academy Of Arts; Rencontres Internationales; Tate Britain; National Gallery. She is the commissioning editor of the open-access journal Reflections on Process in Sound and lectures in Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London.