January 1-31, 2023 – Artist In Residence, Finland
I was absolutely thrilled to have taken part in this artist and scientist-led, Arctic Circle expeditionary residency program.
I initially thought I was going to the Arctic to collect sounds from this changing fragile environment. I hoped my finished artwork might provide a platform for discussing climate change from a new perspective.
What happened to me while experiencing the sound of calving glaciers, like landslides and claps of thunder? What happened to me watching pieces of fractured ice float past the Zodiac, everywhere in the water, the size of snowballs and some the size of miniature islands, bouncing into it, and getting stuck in the motor?
Magnified by my audio equipment the ice crackles and pops in a constant low slurry. Time stands still in the Arctic. Movement and sounds are dampened and subtle. They are the same above the water as below. There is a hum, like magnets or electricity. It is extraterrestrial. At times I couldn’t handle it. I had to close my eyes to fully embody the environment. It is exquisite! –how can I possibly describe how this has impacted me? I’m not quite sure what happened to me.
This residency brought together 27 international artists of all disciplines, visual artists, scientists, dancers, writers and educators. Together we explored the high-Arctic Svalbard Archipelago and the Arctic Ocean aboard the Tall Ship Antigua, a specially outfitted Barquentine sailing vessel.
The opportunity was an experience of a lifetime and one that will take a lifetime to unpack. It provided each of us with a shared experience to engage through relevant issues and to develop artistic works through fieldwork and research but most of all, this experience fostered interdisciplinary collaborations and lifelong, meaningful connections. The entirety of it was completely and utterly humbling. I am forever changed by it and I am eternally grateful to have participated in such a unique experience.
A collaboration between artist Zoriça Kelly Markovich, MSVU Art Gallery, and Sound Walk September. The events include a walk (accessible for the entire month of September) hosted by MSVU Art Gallery and an artist talk.
Using the Echoes App, Markovich created an immersive experiential walk through and around the university grounds and she will be discussing her work and her process during an artist talk hosted by Walk, Listen, Create, London (TBD).
I feel honoured to be included in this year’s HearSay International Audio Arts Festival in Ireland. My piece “End of Summer” has been shortlisted for the HearSay Audio Prize and will be screened online on Thursday, May 13 at 9:30 am (AST).
As the CFAT x Nocturne Summer Artist-in-Residence, I have been responding to this year’s theme of echolocation by relying on the sense of hearing and the action of “deep listening”. For this project, I sourced bat communication from the feeding ecosystems and roosts around the Atlantic Provinces and created an immersive multi-channel acoustic experience.
POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 2022
I am honoured to have been invited to take part in the Arctic Circle expedition in autumn 2020. During the residency, I will continue exploring the medium of sound with a comprehensive experimental sound art project in response to the High Arctic’s volatile and fragile ecosystem.
Thank you to Arts NS for supporting this project.
Sound Walk September is a yearly global festival celebrating sound walks. I’m pleased to participate in this event featuring a few new works and I will also be creating one walk each day that will be accessible throughout the month. Stay tuned!
Beginning tomorrow morning at 5:00 am (GMT-3), from my backyard in Dartmouth, NS. I will be joining this amazing global live streaming project.
Thank you to the folks at Reveil and NAISA for the invite and the tech support!
I am very excited to be travelling to NAISA North Media Arts Centre next month and to have the opportunity to work with their amazing artistic director Darren Copeland.
Darren will be helping to prepare me for the project I will be working on in the Arctic in October 2020.
This residency was made possible by Arts NS.
Designed to support research by conceptual artists interested in the acoustics of ecology and the sounds of wildlife, the Ayatana Biophony residency was an incredibly engaging and educational experience that I was fortunate to take part in. Like art-science camp that filled my curiosity, creativity and soul, it was a unique opportunity to explore sound with a group of fellow sonic enthusiasts and professionals!