As part of IN SITU
02/02/12 - 01/03/12
The Belfry
St. John on Bethnal Green
London

IN SITU features three young artists whose work relates to the architectural and the site specific. Kite & Laslett present Genius Loci, an immersive installation that seeks to capture the spirit of the Belfry through sound and light. Eleanor Wemyss presents Foundations, a series of intricate architectural drawings based on original designs of the building.

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Kite & Laslett’s Genius Loci draws on sound recordings made in the Church interiors, where improvised acoustic experiments are incorporated into a multi-layered sound piece and projected into the Belfry space. The soundscape is experienced in near-darkness, asking the viewer to contemplate the subtleties of the interaction between the sound composition, light and their relationship to the space with limited navigation.

The sounds have been de-contextualised and re-placed, causing disorientation as to their original source, context and their relationship to the Belfry. An example of this can be heard via the spatialised deconstruction and abstraction of Anton Bruckner’s Locus Iste - This Place. The installation is an experiment in kinaesthetic experience, limiting the use of some senses and emphasising the use of others, reconfiguring one’s orientation around the space.

Live performances took place at the Opening & Closing Views with a live feed from the main Church hall to the secluded space of the Belfry, connecting different spaces across the building and challenging notions of ‘liveness’ and sensory experience.

Sound composition: Sebastian Kite
Voices: Toby O’Conner, Lara Karady, May Kersey, Damien Taylor

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