A multidisciplinary research
& development arts space.
13/5/19 - 7/6/19
Open call to artists
“An urban neighbourhood is determined not only by geographical and economic factors, but also by the image that its inhabitants and those of other neighbourhoods have of it. The narrowness of the real city in which each individual lives" Chombart de Lauwe
“the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals. A whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities…just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape.” Guy Debord
Psychogeography is the method to bring all those scattered images within reach, it enables people to wander freely through space and time with eyes and ears, watching and listening. It examines the influence of physical surroundings on the instinctive behaviour of individuals.
The Artistic practice is a way of recording thePsychogeography of the urban landscape, capturing unique prospectives, using text, image, movement, sound & spoken word to uncover & map the depths of our surroundings, reframing & reclaiming our town & city scapes.
SHIFT is looking for artists to contribute to a Psychogeographic archive throughout May culminating an exhibit of selected works early June.
We are looking for artists to map Cardiff's Queens street using their artist practice to capture responses to place and space, unburdened by the conventional representation of space and navigation.
Contributions could include;
Visual, audio maps
Photographic & moving images
Artist walks, talks and debates
Performances & music
Interested parties should send Artist bio, links to work and a brief proposal.
SHIFT can not offer any financial support but will offer any space available, equipment & technical support that can help todevelop works.
An Audio Visual Installation by Teddy Hunter Words by Rosey Brown
How can we hear something that cannot be heard?
How can we translate something that does not talk?
‘The lichens are strangely connected beings: algae intimately interrelated with fungi. A still stranger connection: algae, fungi, humans.’ (Arne Næss, The Ecology of Wisdom)
We know that complex root systems connect plants and trees, but what is less understood is how these interconnections facilitate plant-to-plant communication. Whilst we may not be able to hear plants ‘talking’ to each other, we can nevertheless sonify biodata, using the concept of ‘plant language’ as a challenge to translate a language that cannot be heard into a sound that we can interpret.
The installation consists of three ambisonic ‘worlds’ - each consisting of a set of four loudspeakers - installed in close proximity to each other. Ambisonics allows us to hear sound more holistically - it’s a multidirectional recording and playback process. From a distance the sounds merge, but as we move closer to each world we begin to hear that amongst the sonic overlaps and collisions, certain characteristics emerge, allowing us to drift from one listening environment to another. In a sense - each world is based on the language of a particular plant - provides the listener with a different way of translating plant messages, allowing us to ‘eavesdrop’ on a plant conversation.