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5/9/2017 0 Comments
Leitrim Sculpture Centre Sonic Drawing
An Artists’ Residency project developed during 2017 This collaborative and international project crosses disciplines to create a time-based experience where drawing and sound form the basis of a relational exchange. Traditional notions of authorship are challenged through the translation of the gestural mark into both durational sonic impressions of the drawn surface and incidental sounds of mark making.
These two methods of Sonic Drawing are employed to encourage the participatory response of visitors to the installation space. The incidental sounds of participants drawing actions mingle with durational sounds that are generated live by custom electronics in concert with graphite drawings to create a space of responsive co-creation. Through this intervention, the activation of the exhibition space serves to influence the participants’ perception and interpretation of the sonic gesture.
Donna Legault is a sound and electronic installation artist based in Ottawa, Canada. Her experimental practice investigates opportunities afforded by technology to extend the limits of human perception in the exploration of gesture and resonance in human-non-human relations. Donna holds a BA in Art History from Carleton University, a BFA from The University of Ottawa, and is completing an MFA in Intermedia at Concordia University in Montreal. She has worked as a part-time professor of Electronic Art at The University of Ottawa and is currently a researcher at subTela in Montreal. Her installations and sonic interventions have exhibited widely throughout Canada and abroad. Upcoming engagements include exhibitions at The Ottawa Art Gallery, SAW Gallery, and the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. Donna’s practice is supported by residency opportunities and grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, Concordia University, Hexagram and SSHRC.
Kiera O’Toole is an independent visual artist and researcher based in The Model, Sligo. Kiera’s practice examines the perceptual experience of drawing and considers the felt and lived experiences of place and non-place and is realised through drawing, digital media and installation. She holds a B.A. Fine Arts from D.I.T. (2000) and a MPhil, Fine Art (2913) from Newcastle University, NSW, Australia. Recent exhibitions include: The Model, Sligo (2017), Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin (2017). Recent residencies include: CFCP (2017) and Greendoor Eco Building Project (2017). Kiera is also establishing an online platform Drawing deCentered, in collaboration with four professional Irish artists to test and experiment the parameters of contemporary drawing practices.
Project Background This project originated from conversations concerning mutual interests and artistic concerns of the participating artists. Donna Legault and Kiera O’Toole were introduced through the inclusion of their work in the New Living Artist exhibition in the Steambox gallery in Co Dublin and curated by IMOCA (Irish Museum of Contemporary Art) in Co Dublin, in the Autumn of 2014. From that time communication and conversations between the artists have resulted in the development of a collaborative project initiative. Their interest in developing an installation that hybridizes the artistic practices of sound art and drawing will unify their work in international collaboration between Ireland and Canada.
Audience Engagement Participants can experience the installation through making gestural marks which will be transcribed through the soundscape. A table is situated within the space and equipped with live contact microphones to situate the participant as an active contributor to the sonic space. Participants may respond to the live sound of two durational sound drawings and to the sound their gestural mark. The gestural sound of participants drawing will mix live with the durational sounds adding a subtle layer of responsive co-creation. Active participation in the work either imagined or drawn will add another complex layer to the questions of authorship in relation to drawing and sound art practices resulting in an open and interpretative dialogue.
Donna Legault - Artist Statement I am a professional artists and researcher based in Ottawa. Canada. My work ranges from electronic art and sound installation to sculpture and performance. The intersections of these practices find focus in the resonance of sound as a dynamic extension of everyday actions. My interest in the perception of sound and touch draws participant’s attention towards the relational qualities of “noise” as a material and temporal presence. My work reveals an ongoing interest in interpersonal communication and, more recently, in the impact of mediated communication and its effects on interactions and the perception of spaces. I work with sound and space to explore the dissolution and permeation of exchange across physical and psychological spaces.
Kiera O’Toole – Artist Statement I am an independent visual artist and researcher based in The Model Arts Gallery in Co Sligo, Ireland. My practice examines the perceptual experience of drawing and considers the felt and lived experiences of place and non-place. I am concerned with the experience of drawing as both the maker of drawing and drawing as an encounter. My practice seeks to create possibilities of connection through the hand drawn mark which confirms the presence of self. Drawing interprets the world as I perceive it. It is a way of orientating myself in the world while relating experientially to the world and to each other. The realm of experiences that I am interested in are the ones that are difficult to describe and drawing brings this liminality into view. I am not interested in a description of place, rather taking a phenomenal enquiry into place; which is necessary to become attentive to moments when perceptual experience can arise. The drawings trace the perceptual experience of drawing and to place; to which I have become attentive to and are evidence of the environmental, physiological and material phenomena and the embodiment of practitioner.