14 July: Workshop | Collected Silences | Lead by Softday | 12:30-6pm | (S//S Project Space)
“Silences,” said Murke, “ I collect silences. . . . When I have to cut tapes, in the places where the speakers sometimes pause for a moment – ir sigh, or take a breath, or there is absolute silence – I don’t throw that away, I collect it. (Böll, 1966, p114)
For this workshop investigating a specific text as source for inspiration, Softday invite participants to read a short story by the German writer Heinrich Böll (who had a long association with their homeland, Ireland), entitled 'Murke's Collected Silences', which is available free on Google Books.
Having read the short story Softday ask participants to thus prepare some field recordings using the short story as a reference point. Together, Softday will work with participants in a workshop situation to edit, manipulate and de-construct these recordings. Once complete there is the option to then play the new sound work as an ensemble.
Participants on the workshop may also be selected to play live on stage with Softday during their performance is F2 Hall on SUNDAY 15 July.
NOTA BENE Numbers to this workshop are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment
Artist Biography: Since 1999 Softday have engaged with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects. Early projects such as Bliain Le Baisteach (A Year of Rainfall) (2000) looked at fluctuating annual rainfall patterns in Ireland. Further, Cóisir an Tsionainn (The Shannon Suite) (2003) focused on the four-year life cycle of the wild Atlantic salmon and the effects of overfishing and pollution on the species ability to survive. Recently the Marbh Chrois (Dead Zone) (2010) project addressed the impact of two ‘contested’ marine dead zones as a key stressor on marine ecosystems in Donegal, Ireland. As a collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances. Both artists are interested in exploring the cracks between various media and creative genres such as expanded theatre, sound art, socially engaged practice, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies.
NOTA BENE Releases by the artists will be available in-store! www.sound-space-store.co.uk