Absences in the soundscape

A collaborative project with Michele Selvaggi

Made for & support by Du Vert a L’infini Music Festival 2021

03:06, HD Video, 1920 x 1080, 2021

This audio-visual project explores the inevitable sonic changes that have occurred in various human-dominated soundscapes, previously governed by human specific noises, have lost most of their “social” character as less and less human interaction is possible within them. The usual vibrant atmospheres we were familiar with have now been replaced with ruins of isolation, stagnancy,  and tales of loneliness.

In this project, Michele and me gathered field recording material from Ontario, Canada and visual samples from Chicago, US separately. we plays on the concept of “distance” and embraces the consequences/ artistic restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic.

Soundscapes ranging from those found in nature to those found in high activity city regions were taken and cleaned up to remove any intrusive  sounds. Over the course of the work, ambiences derived from natural environments slowly progress into noises sourced from more industrial regions. Mirroring the progressions of sound, the landscape samples sourced from Chicago are cut and reshaped from graphics to stereoscopic ‘objects’. By using a strategy of disconnecting sourced moving images and animating them, the visual artist explores the idea about how environment as the main subject could reflect our living status. The efforts on creating spatial and isolated visuals intends for looks at the ‘time’ and the ‘space’ themselves.