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Part of Sonica Glasgow 2019
Myriam Boucher (QC/CA) -Phases
‘evocative … brings its audience close to something akin to feeling many emotions all at once’ – The Link
Hailing from Montréal, Myriam Boucher is a video and sound artist working with both classical modes of composition and scientific research. In Phases she considers one of our most commonplace marvels: the ability of water to change state from gaseous to fluid to solid. Treated images of ice floes, cloudforms and glaciers are set to a haunting, unsettling soundtrack that mixes traditional instrumentation with field recordings of water and crumbling ice. The results are beautiful, but also salutary, bringing to mind the most conspicuous example of this changing of state: the melting of polar ice, and the potential consequences for sea levels as solid turns to liquid.
Supported by: The QC-UK Connections Programme (British Council & Québec Government), The Ministry of Culture in Québec & Québec Government Office, London
Kathy Hinde (UK) - Twittering Machines
The word ‘tweet’ is perhaps starting to be more associated with technological communication than the natural association with birdsong: its meaning may be under threat, just as the habitats of birds are threatened by humans. Kathy Hinde responds to this double dilemma with Twittering Machines, which renders John Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale in Morse code, then uses multiple output devices to interfere with the transmission, simultaneously redoubling it and struggling to translate the bleeps back into recognisable language. Meanwhile, recordings of birdsong are treated to generate further distortions and interference. The effect is of a swirling, chattering dawn chorus of birdsong, real and artificial – a reminder of how technology can overrun the natural, and of what we stand to lose if it does.
Commissioned by: TÖNE Festival of light and sound and developed at a Cryptic Cove Park Residency
Supported by: The QC-UK Connections Programme (British Council & Québec Government).
Sabina Covarrubias (MX) - Trip
Warm, burbling, playful electronica meets by glitchy, geometric computer-generated visuals in Sabina Covarrubias’s Trip, which takes inspiration from science-fiction’s depiction of voyages into space and the way our bodies age – an everyday yet almost unnoticeable journey into the unknown future. Covarrubias describes her work as visual-music: the animated projections she generated and manipulates live are developed according to musical composition techniques (crescendos, counterpoint, leitmotifs) and balanced by music that builds on the spectralist technique of composing music by reinterpreting visual and mathematical data. Covarrubias invites her audience to join her in contemplating journeys both real and fantastical, into outer space and deep into ourselves.
Part of Seeing Hearing UK Mexico, a three-year collaboration between the UK and Mexico made possible with the support of Anglo Arts, the cultural department of The Anglo Mexican Foundation A.C; British Council Mexico; CMMAS (Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras) & Cryptic