The Theremin is an early and unusual electronic instrument where the performer plays the device without ever touching it. Malaysian composer Ng Chor Guan, a master of the theremin, chose ‘sense’ as his prompt to create this haunting soundtrack. Inspired by the feeling of mystery and loss, I created a piece based on an isolated artist residency I completed at the National Seashore of Cape Cod.
Elemental: Sense is a collaborative work using a hauntingly beautiful sound track created by Ng Chor Guan, an internationally acclaimed, award winning composer from Malaysia. This experimental video was inspired by the otherworldly musical composition as well as my obsession with the cyclical dimension of the human condition.
The year of Elemental continues! Our second collaboration features the sound work of Dublin-based composer George Higgs. Using the umbrella prompt of Elemental, his light, yet haunting composition led us to choose Dreaming as the sub-prompt.
Elemental: Dreaming is a collaborative work using a contemplative sound track created by George Higgs, an Irish composer whose work comprises opera, songs, chamber work, experimental electronics and music from instruments of his own making called Higgsturments. The video footage was shot in and near Copenhagen. This experimental, cross between a dream and nightmare piece was influenced by Higgs’ meditative sound track as well as my carnivalesque footage collected in Copenhagen and at the Yoko Ono retrospective at the Louisiana Museum of Art, located 25 miles north of Copenhagen
Elemental: Dreaming… of Ireland was inspired by the lyrical and lovely sound work by George Higgs. During the summer of 2013 I had the pleasure of living and working in Ireland for six weeks. In revisiting the video I shot during that time, I found moments that echoed the feeling of memory and time evoked in George’s sound piece. Thank you, George, for reminding me.
During the 2017 calendar year, Sandy Dyas and LeAnn Erickson will be pushing the collaborative mission of Homegrown Stories by seeking out international artists to complete stand-alone sound art pieces that will be paired with their independently created video pieces.
Using the umbrella theme of Elemental, the collaborators will use a focused prompt as creative inspiration. The goal of Elemental is to push the creative exploration of place and space through the development of a global collaborative effort.
The first Elemental collaboration was with the sound artist Lloyd Dunn.
Using the title Elemental: Air as a creative prompt, Lloyd Dunn (Prague sound artist and co-founder of the Tape Beatles) completed a soundtrack independent of my completion of a video track. Combining the two resulted in lovely and haunting moments of serendipity.