by Wil Pennycook and Jean Martin (2019)
Hearing Shadows is a 4-channel sound and 2-screen moving image installation that creates a liminal environment, a space between light and shadow, the rational and the unconscious, silence and sound.
Whilst the sound and the films were developed for each other, they are also independent and not synchronised. As each element is played in cycles of varying lengths, they create constantly new and unexpected constellations of which the viewer can make sense in their own way. Each of the four 5-minute films were made in a domestic setting where attention was paid to how light of the outside world came in and illuminated the ordinary - Wall, Shelf, Blind, Cupboard.
The sounds are a mixture of environmental and electronic sounds as well as recorded performed piano motifs. They are organised in a way to create space around the images and suggest a sense of stasis.
The two transparent screens are suspended and can be viewed from all sides. The projections have to be arranged in a way that the visitors can walk between and around the
screens and do not interfere with the light beams. By moving around the visitor will be able to take different views on the screens and create their own mix of the 4-channel soundscape. The two screens can be arranged according to the site-specific conditions. To make the projections effective the (gallery) space has to have dimmed light conditions.
Jean Martin (Brighton) is a composer whose work has been used in a variety of settings including for concert, theatre, dance theatre, documentary film and sound installations.
Wil Pennycook (London) is a writer, photographer and film maker. Formerly a consultant psychotherapist she continues to be interested in the relationship between mental health and creativity.
• 4 speakers
• 2 projectors
• 2 screens (gauze/ scrim)
• One 4-channel audio loop playback device; 2 video playback devices