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31 July 2008
Acme Studios is set to open a new studio development, in East London later this year. To celebrate and extend the value of the project, Acme has chosen its first artist in residence. He is Jan Hendrickse, a sound artist from London. Jan gains a free studio in Leven Road, London E14 (worth around £7,000) for two years along with a grant of £10,000 a year. He takes up residence at the end of 2008.
Jan originally trained as a classical musician, and now works increasingly as a sound artist and composer. During the residency he intends not only to develop his own practice, but working with local residents and community groups, he plans to explore the acoustic ecology of East London, employing listening as a way of investigating the sonic environment. Participants will be invited to take part in audio walks, recording sessions, workshops and discussions. The project aims to contrast the personal and cultural histories in East London with the changing industrial use of the area. These sessions will start in spring 2009, and anyone who wishes to register an interest can contact Acme for further details.
As Jan who is 42 says: ‘This residency represents an amazing opportunity for me to develop my work. The project involves getting people to listen and respond to their environment. I’m interested in how buildings function sonically and will be investigating sounds in the area, in locations like churches and mosques, power stations and the Olympic site. All my work is underpinned by the practice of listening.’
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