Installation + live

Hope in Projection, 2017

For Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh

A site-specific, two-channel sound and film installation in an abandoned cine-projection room in Leith Theatre. Built in 1932 as a grand symbol of civic pride, the theatre fell from memory and into decay following a Luftwaffe bombing raid early in WWII. The projection room had never housed a projector or shown a single film. For Hope in Projection accidental and performed sounds – the artist’s voice and an abandoned piano – form the looping, reversing and repeating soundtrack to a film shot of a 16mm film projector. 

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Trace, 2015

Edinburgh Art Festival

A site-specific, part-improvised, live group vocal performance created and shared within and in response to the vast, neo-classical ‘Adam Dome’ library of H.M. General Register House – the eighteenth century, custom-built repository of Scotland’s public records of births, marriages and deaths. Performed by members of an informal choir dispersed among an audience invited to stand where they please, the loose score traces the sharing of breath, of surnames and of fragments of national poetry between generations of Scots separated by vast distance and time. 

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Kairos II, 2015

Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries exhibition

A site-specific installation with a found object and four-channel, polyphonic sound for the Sculpture Court of the Royal Scottish Academy. The work returns the Venus Marina antique cast from the Sculpture Court of Edinburgh College of Art to its original, pre-1908, home in the RSA’s Sculpture Court. Placed around the Venus Marina are four speakers through which plays a recorded, part-improvised, durational polyphonic performance of an excerpt from Purcell’s ‘Dido’s Lament’, scored and sung in reverse in the Sculpture Court of ECA. 

Awarded the Royal Scottish Academy Art Prize & Macleane Watters Medal, 2015

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Kairos I, 2015

Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries exhibition

Sound installation in the grand neo-Classical portico of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Ceiling-mounted stereo speakers emitting sounds of passing thunderstorms merging with real-time ambient street noise. 

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Casting in Retrograde – a diptych, 2014

Degree show, Edinburgh College Art, Edinburgh University

A site-specific polyphonic sound installation in the casting room of Edinburgh College of Art withfound objects including plaster casts, moulds and traditional casting materials.

The sound, an excerpt from ‘Dido’s Lament’, is scored and sung in reverse as a six-part canon in Edinburgh College of Art’s vast and resonant sculpture court and played back in the diminutive space of the casting room. A live performance of the vocal work in the sculpture court completes the diptych. 

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Resonance I, 2014

RCA/ECA at Edinburgh College Art, Edinburgh University

A part-improvised, sustained vocalisation, with 14 performers dispersed among the audience, in which each performer selected a sustained note to augment and complement the combined sound made by the other performers moment by moment.

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The forest (by the water), 2014

Steel

Donkey’s breakfast, 2014

Rope, straw, concrete and audio of quiet breathing (from straw)

Emptywhite box with strawStrawStraw II, 2013

Enclosed room with straw and (silent) film projected – of human facial skin in close-up

Rock II, 2011

Basalt rock, plaster of Paris, audio of a quiet drip recorded where the rock was found at Trapain Law.