Sound Work Proposal

As part of THE MACHINE STOPS, I’m proposing a sound work based on the recent scientific discovery and observation of colliding black holes.

If possible (might not be due to lift work), I’d like to place a speaker at the top of the metal frame which opens up the space next to the lift shaft, and one at the bottom, working in a call and response signalling, across the galaxy. If possible (I’ve already made enquiries regarding mimicking birds) the sound should be mimicked by a bird, again suggesting the sublime, as a phenomena beyond form and the physical, the relationship between animal and machine and this cosmic event, which is translated by a machine.

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Space next to the lift shaft at Margret Street.  As the structure is metal I’d propose a bare speaker, using its built in magnet to mount the speaker.  There would have to be either a long lead or two media players.

Edited Statement

Landscape, geography, place and space are strong unifying themes in O’Brien’s work, often as a metaphor for navigating the ambiguous spaces between our shared reality and our personal constructs of reality. His work explores issues of ecology, movement, migration, borders, and openings, commenting on technological, social and political powers that shape the landscape of the anthropocene. Through the appropriation of conversation’s, objects, and sound, ‘THE MACHINE STOPS’ suggests a narrative, which maps the rhythms of the everyday, experienced as a fictional, future archaeological survey of the current state of things.

Burbage Common Install, ooh public art…

I’ve secured a spot at Burbage Common to install the text work (tags).  Not the spot I was hoping for, which was next to the train line, but still within hearing distance of the train and in a spot used by the forrest school.  The plan is to install next Monday, with a statement and a map at the visiter’s centre, and an email address for comments.

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The Common is part heathland/meadow and part woodland which is intersected by the main Stanstead  to  Birmingham train line. The text was collected on the Leicester to Birmingham section of my regular commute to the School of Art.

Bones, Critters and the Fox

The rest of the fox’s remains have been, for a bout two months now, sitting in a bucket of water, being picked clean by what appear to be blood-worms, or gnat larvae.

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This precess offers an insight into how dead tissue gives life to new organisms and the circle of the wild and the really wild, taking place in an artificial, plastic bucket.