SoundHide, Ipswich, is a sited installation in Christchurch Park for SPILL Festival by sound artist and maker Mike Challis.
SoundHide, Ipswich, is a sited installation in Christchurch Park for SPILL Festival by sound artist and maker Mike Challis. As part of its development Mike and art theorist and dancer Pamela Harling-Challis will discuss the concept, design and experience of SoundHide and its iterations.
SoundHide provides a den in which people can rest and listen in an immersing, safe place to the wildlife sounds gathered from their local environment. The experience often invokes memories, sensations and a feeling of calm, security and wellbeing. The first SoundHide, made of straw bales, commissioned by Waveney and Blyth Arts Sculpture Trail 2015, was built last summer at the River Waveney Study Centre (old Otter Trust) at Earsham, Bungay on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. It featured sounds of the wildlife recorded by Mike throughout the Spring and Summer seasons. SoundHide became a time machine, taking the listener back to Spring and the mating of the Barnacle Geese or the dawn chorus on an early May morning. SoundHide at SPILL will feature recordings made in the green spaces of Ipswich (nightingales in Pipers Vale for instance) and aims to connect people with the sounds of their town.
Mike will play a preview of the recordings for the hide at the Salon and talk about its development. This will be followed by a discussion on the phenomenology of the SoundHide experience.
Mike Challis is a freelance sound artist, maker and educator who utilises technology to enable sound composition in a variety of situations, often installation based.
To book your place please call our friends at the New Wolsey Theatre on 01473 295900