Exploration of processes of listening through a performance installation that is composed based on performance movement and electromagnetic feedback.
Listening to place.
This work seeks to explore acoustic space with electro acoustic aids. Through audio feedback the sound engineer and performer will play and explore the acoustic properties of the space they are in. The process of composition and performance is an exercise in conscious listening and collaboration between performer, space and engineer.
Four speakers will be set up in the space all facing inwards (placed to measure to ensure cancellation and wave harmonization). The performer will be placed in the centre of the speakers with an open mic and contact mics on his body. Through voice and mic feedback the audio engineer and performer will collaborate to explore the aural properties and sound of the space. The work will play out like a performer/audio engineer/space jam but the only aural properties being voice and feedback. In order for this to take place the performer and engineer will need to engage in processes of conscious listening. It is hoped that this process will allow the audience to open out their listening and experience the space and listening in a way that they have not before.
The room will be in darkness and two lamps will be used to put focus on the performer and on the engineer. The performance will be followed by discussions on interactivity, the experience of listening, and questions on work process.