The Artists Surround Sound Project
Film at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015
Sofie Alsbo, Alice Jacobs, Mariele Neudecker, Camille Norment
Curated and organised by David Gryn of Daata Editions and Artprojx worldwide.
SoundScape Park, New World Center, Miami Beach.
December 2-5, 2015 at 6pm
Figure of 8 (Rainforest, Ecuador, sound recorded at height: 1.39m, 9.78m, 22.59m, 30.79m and 37.26m), for 5.1 surround, 16 minutes looped, 2015 (courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany)
’Figure of 8’ aims to create a soundscape that is artificially collaged from 3-dimensional sound-recordings that, at the time of capture, observed and co-responded with the circadian rhythm of the place. The sound implies and animates a physical shift through a physical space and a horizontal timeline, a sound experience of ‘a night in the jungle’. Going beyond the image, Neudecker, at times, works with classical music and ‘sound data’, exploring the pathos and evocative power of ‘audio’ that is rooted in ‘ground truth’, a term used in remote sensing to describe data collected on location. In this particular location: no image, moving or still, can possibly capture what the sound manages to convey. Tiputini Biodiversity Station [Ecuador] where these recordings were taken – for a permanent, commissioned work for the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, London, which is due to open late 2016 – is one of the most bio-diverse forests in the world. Its sounds never stop.
Mariele Neudecker [b.1965 Germany] lives and works in Bristol, UK and uses a broad range of media including sculpture, film, photography as well as sound. Her works have been exhibited widely internationally both in group- and solo-exhibitions. Her practice investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural world and notion of a Contemporary Sublime. Neudecker often uses technology’s virtual capabilities in order to reproduce a heightened experience of nature & landscape, thus addressing the subjective and mediated condition of any first hand encounter.
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, London, UK
Futurecity, London, UK
Bath Spa University, Bath, UK
Laurie Lax and John Taylor, Bristol and Bath, UK
Jan Meinema, Creative Music Technology @ Bath Spa University, UK
Manus Pitt, BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol, UK
Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
- Mariele Neudecker