I am playing with the idea of my alternative statement ‘I walk’ being an audio piece, which I have uploaded here.
Following the suggestion from LCN mentor Levin Haegele I have been looking into foley effects. I want to bring the physicality of the discarded materials I work with into my audio and video pieces.
The crackling sound is the recording of a blue plastic bag being gently rustled. Plastic bags are often used by Foley artists to recreate the sound of a crackling fire.
I am experimenting with the tension between the reality of the rustling bag and the illusion of a fire.
I am also videoing and photographing trees in urban spaces through the filter of plastic bags, which may become a backdrop to ‘I walk’.
I have decided to make an alternative artist statement.
This has come about through various discussions I have been having about the rules I make (and break) in my practice, regarding my use of discarded materials. It also came up in my first tutorial with LCN mentor Kathrin Böhm.
I imagine it will be either in the form of a text based video or an audio piece. As part of the programme I am developing my video editing skills.
Here is a draft :
amongst the discarded
across the pedestrian crossing, along the towpath, down the dog shit alley, to the top of the mountain.
and I collect,
one brown leaf, two crisp packets, three wet plastic bags, and four dandelions
I turn them inside out, stick them together, and sing
this is my landscape, these are my resources
shit. I used selloptape
and I didn’t forage for it
is sellotape made from plastic?
I invite you to the forest
nature, my home as a child
you are too busy (we all are) / it is not your refuge
I will invite you again tomorrow
we are always welcome. right?