'E1' continues my ongoing exploration of memory, but with a very particular focus on moments in historical and cultural memory that challenge or disrupt ideologies of hatred and oppression.
The work reflects on moments in history that stretch across multiple (spatio)temporalities, inviting the listener/walker to engage affectively with the sounds that they hear, to make their own connections between these individual stories and create their own, over-arching narrative. Their own subjectivity will inform how deep that affective engagement is, contingent on the level of empathy and compassion that they are willing to bring to the encounter with these stories.
The piece can work as a stand-alone audiovisual experience and/or as an actual audio walk. By embodying the walk themselves, the audience will bring their own experience of listening to the sounds around them and to the sound of their own footsteps. This act of listening will also function as one extra temporal layer of interplay between the different temporalities that are already represented – or embodied – within the piece.
The work draws on archives of cultural and historical memory, but also the landscape. Listening/walking through the locations brings a deeper level of attention, encouraging critical thinking whilst listening for the echoic memories of historical events and the lived experiences of the people who walked the same streets in a different time. The work encourages (both from myself as researcher/artist and also from the audience) a deep reflection on these elements in order to contextualise them in the present. It also speaks to embodied listening practices which can function as a trialogue between artist, audience and the audiovisual artwork.