Friday, 14 September 2012

Research Artist - David Chapman / Louise K Wilson



David Chapman was born on the South Coast of England in 1959 and lives in London. He worked as a professional musician, performing and recording with The Blue Aeroplanes amongst others, until studying Film at the Polytechnic of North London, and completing postgraduate studies at the University of Westminster.
He currently creates digital sound pieces for both gallery and web exhibition. Recent work includes Octo: Sotto Voce (2009) at York Minster and Re-sounding Falkland (2010 ), a series of works produced in collaboration with Louise K Wilson on the Falkland Estate in Fife, Scotland.
Previous sound work has included a series of projects based around Gunpowder Park, a recently reclaimed munitions test site, in the Lee Valley, near London. The projects, based on the collection of bio-acoustic and environmental field recordings include Revelation (2004), an on-line art project which maps through sound and image the site surrounding in London Lee Valley and Hark (2005), an audio-visual installation.

 Recent live performance has included a series of experimentations with playable sound sculptures and performance work with visual artist Janette Parris.
He has produced and directed a number of documentary films, including The Hum (1997), which explored inexplicable occurrences of low frequency noise in the West of England and Steel-Cello / Bow-Chime (2005), which examines the performance history of the sound sculptures developed by artist Bob Rutman in the 1960s. He has also produced a number of new media art projects, such as Wigs of Wonderment (2002), with performance group moti roti and Chanting Heads (2001), with the arts organisation AAVAA.


 An 8 – channel sound piece, for the ‘Sound of the Deer’ event , April 5th 2008, Falkland Place, Falkland, Scotland.
Arcadia, is an 8 -Channel sound piece produced by David Chapman and Louise K Wilson. It uses the seventeenth-century Dutch tapestry, hung in the Tapestry Gallery of Falkland Palace, as a ‘score’, creating an audio response to the fantastical scene depicted with its diverse menagerie of wild and domestic animals. The tapestry, which includes representations of deer, hunting dogs, horses, goats, peacocks, birds of prey and kingfishers as well as monkeys and lions, evokes an arcadian landscape that is peopled with a courting couple and hunters.

http://www.resoundingfalkland.com/

The artists  created a soundtrack which the  guests  discover as they walk the length of the tapestry, illuminating its visual elements and immersing themselves in a rich world of ambient field recordings.  These recordings have been made in numerous locations on the Falkland estate and other locations in Fife. Extracts from the hunting song Johnnie O Brairdislie are from a recording made especially by folk singer Sheena Wellington.





Online art project – produced in collaboration with Maureen Kendall and Paul St George.
Revelation uses multimedia to reveal views of a natural site that would otherwise remain invisible. The natural site is Gunpowder Park and the work was made in the year proceeding its opening-reclaimed from its previous designation as a munitions testing site. Made over a 12 month period it shows Gunpowder Park as offering a wealth of natural views and a rich diversity of wildlife that remain invisible to people who do not have time or access or sufficient prior knowledge to see them. The work uses art and multimedia to reveal these views in interesting and interactive ways.
Revelation contains hidden cameras, sound recordings, extensible poetry called JellyText and interactive chronophotographs.

Observances – 2005
A series of eight short Videos as part of the group show Reap, CafĂ© Gallery Projects, London. Curated by Anne Bean in collaboration with Mark Anderson.
An Artsadmin project
Observances reinstated in Southwark Park a host of the traditional rituals and revelries which once marked the passing of the year. This series of videos documented these rituals as either intimate actions for the camera or participatory collective celebrations.
The video and performances aimed to explore both the aesthetic content and performance at the heart of this ritualised marking of time’s passing and the circularity of the seasons as evidenced by the changes in the park’s environment.




I found David and Louises work with having very beautiful ways of looking at how sound impacts on our lives and surroundings. Especially for installation art with making memories of sound for a tapestry for the public to be able to explore a different time. That the other work is about events and the passage of time in nature and the year. The art of sound is a type of work I would like to experiment with more and play around with in spaces. That the concept of creating the sounds we heard in a different time and place effect us so much more than we notice. That sound can make a atmosphere so much more intense and for some people sound is there Utopia.

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