London: Tales of dark alleyways and endless bus journeys…and flights of fancy on the tube.

We completed up our year long project “The Grid” with a soundscape totally comprised of recordings related to London created by Annie Morrad. Broadcast on Wave Farm This brings to a close the work we embarked upon for Project Anywhere.

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Image: Annie Morrad (London)

This recording is taken from a year long exploration into the underbelly of a city. The intention was to investigate intriguing aspects of the city through journeys interspersed with chat. This focuses on the minutia and moments that happen whilst on the move including falling in love with strangers, tripping over unseen crisp packets, being shadowed by your own shadow, and popping into new venues. The voices heard are from Craig Clayton, Chila Kumari Burman, Mike Summer and Josie Monro and the general background London voices. The people interviewed represent the fabric of the city interwoven into the day to day adventure that makes up London.

More information about Project Anywhere can be found here: projectanywhere.net

Resounding Chongqing [Project Anywhere]

December’s Itinerant Mind is titled “Resounding Chonging” the most participatory work we have done to date to the extent that Annie and Ian don’t actually play on this month’s program which follows the format of the Resounding Beijing workshop we conducted in 2016.
The broadcast offers insights into the sonic landscape of Chongqing, China’s hidden megacity through the outcomes of a sound mapping workshop conducted as part of mad.lab, a unique intensive studio that utilises mapping as a research methodology to create urban narratives through experimentation, observation, story-telling, journeys, film, and audio-visual recordings.
Located in remote South West China the city is a radically transforming urban environment that is constantly being remade anew at a frenetic and challenging pace.
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The image is a detail of a soundmap by UNSW Art & Design student WanYi Lao.
Field recordings by thirty-three young media artists and designers working across a range of disciplines and practices including but not limited to sound art, installation, interaction design, sculpture, photography and graphic design are presented here as one of the three final installments of the Project Anywhere program we have pursued throughout 2018.
 
All the recordings in the mix, except the introductory and final compositions by Niko Plaskas, were recorded at, or en-route, to fourteen locations across Chongqing on December 3 2018. Soundmaps were drawn at each location and an interactive sound map has been developed by Luke Hespanhol and exhibited recently at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (SFAI). A Weixin article (in Chinese) published by SFAI can be accessed here.

 

Participants and (locations) included:
Luhan Lin, Siqi Liu (Daping), Grace Chaplin, Joan Shin (Fotuguan), WanYi Doris Lao, Angela Xinyi Zhou (Eling), Jang-un Lee, Peier Yu (Shapingba), Yuxin Huang, Manxiu Lyu, Leidan Zhu (Hongqihegou), April Xinyuan Chen, Wendy Yuandi Cao (Huanxin), Kathy Veloso, Monika Murata (Liziba), Zhipeng Xie, Xiezhi Peng,
Yinni Hou, Xiaoran Xu, DeVanté Carpenter (Longtoushi), Jasmine Hall, Rabeea Soomro, Jingwen Ou, Kang Xue (Xiaoshiza), Ming Zhu, Yiqiu Zhou (Zhengjiayuanzi), Nicholas Glascott, Niko Plaskas (Wulidan), Moe Qashlan, Annalise Ifield, Erin Peixuan Mao (South Square), Mika Yuncong Liu, Yanting Zhan, Danni Fu (Yuanjaigang)

 

mad.lab’s project partners include: UNSW Art & Design, Design Lab (University of Sydney), Priestman Architects (Chongqing), CQubed (Chongqing), Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, DFAT (New Colombo Plan),  Dimensions Art Centre (Chongqing).

Project Anywhere (DroneMix)

The November, December, and the upcoming January 2019 broadcasts of Itinerant Mind are completely devoted to concluding our work on The Grid for Project Anywhere. We will post about and discuss each program separately beginning here.

The urban focus of The Grid has been centred on three very different urban conurbations London, Sydney and Chongqing while the outcomes of the project have been broadcast on Wave Farm WGXC 90.7 FM in New York. Each of these three final Project Anywhere broadcast’s has one of these cities as its sonic focus

November’s iteration of Itinerant Mind begins the triology with Sydney and the proposed emphasis on the drone as a sonic form.

In our collection collecting and broadcasting of material for the Project Anywhere work “The Grid” we have for the most part kept the material separate in that it has not been mixed in any way – just played as raw data, drones, field recordings, conversations and improvisations.

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As this project draws to a close, the November broadcast “Project Anywhere (DroneMix)” marked the first of several where our Project Anywhere content taken from the cities and streets of Sydney, Chongqing and London is coalesced into a whole work in itself. Although you will hear material from all three sites throughout the emphasis in this mix is the drone – the Sydney component of The Grid project.

For more info on this project visit: https://www.projectanywhere.net/the-grid/

 

 

The things we left out [Project Anywhere]

Over the time Morrad+McArthur have worked together, we have accumulated a huge archive of recorded online interactions and improvisations. Although in producing Itinerant Mind each month we have sometimes included fragments of our conversations and other incidental moments, much of what happens in and between the improvisations is not used or is “curated out”.

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Our broadcast for October 2018 “The things we left out” was a dense sound collage that mashes together layers of previously discarded or left out edits, conversations – often around making plans, discussing strategy, trying to connect, mistakes or other malfunctions.

This is juxtaposed alongside or layered over new improvisations and drones for Project Anywhere, parts of our recent album, and excerpts from Annie’s recent Mansions of the Future performance “ Reaching Zero” with General Practice co-founder Nick Simpson. Others who make brief appearances in the mix include our regular guests Fouad el Baidouri and Ross Oliver.

Direct link to the archived broadcast.

 

Panic Attack / Oscillate [Project Anywhere]

We have almost completed our second album “Shadowed” which will come out on as a digital download and CD in the near future (no release date yet).

We have been working on new material and posted a few pieces to our Soundcloud page for The Grid...


Our first CD A Cycle of Slight Movement” is still available as a digital download from our Bandcamp site where you can find our discography of digital releases.

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Image: Cover of our first album

 

Different Rooms [Project Anywhere]

Have you checked out Wave Farm? Residencies, artist experiments with broadcast media, a study centre, Transmission Arts and Experimental Sound programming around the clock, a Media Arts Grants program – it’s pretty cool.

May 19 we are on at 11:00am Eastern US time with our monthly program Itinerant Mind. This month is a mix titled “Different Rooms”.

Check out the Standing Wave Radio Scheduling for Saturday here and the WGXC Schedule here.

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This month’s Itinerant Mind draws on and highlights the different facets of our research and practice bringing together our Project Anywhere program with spoken word pieces from London about London, and field recording from China and Sydney, telematic improvisation, a more refined version of the composition Restless (we played a very raw telematic version last month), and some rhythmic pieces we have begun working on.

You can listen back  to the broadcast here…

Flux_Chongqing [Project Anywhere]

Flux is a pop up exhibition (and app) organised by a group of artists from Sydney collaborating in mad.lab. This exhibition is part of a proposed initiative which creates a platform for citizens to transform abandoned spaces within the city for creative uses.

This exhibition models, showcases and documents the Flux concept as an event that could occur within Chongqing’s abandoned spaces.

This project brings together contributions from artists and designers from Sydney, Chongqing, and the UK. mad.lab also links to our ongoing project “The Grid” for Project Anywhere in that it is situated in the Chinese megacity Chongqing.

Eliza McDonnell (Jewellery) 饰品
Collaboration with XuXian Jewellery
与许仙珠宝的合作 =
“Ephemeral City”- A hand crafted jewellery collection using found objects to
eternalise moments of a city that is in a state of constant transition.
短命的城市” -是一个手工制作的珠宝首饰收藏系列,通过使用发现的对象来记录 一个处于恒定过渡状态的城市的永久性一刻。

Loc Nguyen (Video Work) 视频工作
Loc Nguyen is a media artist from Sydney who is interested in the relationship
between human bodies and machines. His video-sound installations explore the queer
cyborg body and the grotesque yet sexual relationship the organic has with the
synthetic.
Loc Nguyen是一位来自悉尼的媒体艺术家, 他对人体和机器之间的关系感兴趣。他的视频音响装置探索的是奇怪的义体和怪诞但具有性关系的有机合成。

Aston Creus (Mixed Media) 混合介质
Aston Creus is an emerging studio artist based between Sydney and Tokyo. His
practice often involves both physical and digital sculptural forms, and the
appropriation of manufacturing processes on an intimate scale. The works are
informed by the intense pressure and collapse created by commercialisation.
Aston Creus是一个介于悉尼和东京的新兴的工作室艺术家。他的实践经常涉及物理和数字雕塑的形式, 以及在亲密的规模制造过程中借用工业生产工序。这项工程是由商业化带来的巨大压力和崩溃所启发得到的。

Jono Bolitho (Video Projection) 视频投影

Joe Beedles (Sound artist)

Restless [Telematic videomix]

This mix of the Morrad+McArthur composition Restless was recorded live over the internet and aired on Wave Farm radio Saturday April 18 2018. The video was cut for our contribution to a symposium of artistic process and practice at Bath Spa University. The symposium is staged simultaneously with the exhibition Documents, Alternatives (#3) at BSAD gallery at Bath Spa University, which is open to the public 20th April – 1st May 2018. The exhibition and symposium are part of the Alternative Document, a project by Dr. Angela Bartram, Associate Professor and Head of Arts Research, at University of Derby.

A Lack of Chairs

A Lack of Chairs
Documents, Alternatives
BSAD, 2018

This video is based on a chance encounter of three sonic assemblages; each of these entities seeks continuity but originates from a disparate place. Originally, the sonic linked themselves together through time, meeting each other through random actions, some of which only will only occur once. These entities have been sourced and gathered from various situations located from London to Sydney, and in this incarnation, are meeting together in a middle ground; the situated context of the video. This ‘meeting’ is a reflection on the working methods of both practitioners.

This video is part of the Documents, Alternatives #3 exhibition curated by Ang Bartram at B-Side Gallery (Bath Spa University): 20 April-11 May 2018.

For more information about this work and the exhibition and symposium check out our previous post on this event.

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