Raw Materials 2011. Stereo sound and text, 23 minutes.
In Raw Materials Justin Bennett asks what it is possible to hear within field recordings. The protagonist types a letter while listening to sounds from his archive. He writes of the ability of sound to trigger memories, to conjour up events, places and emotions. He is playing a game with himself and the audience, implicating us: “Do you remember? You were there too.”
There is also a version in French, made for the Hors Pistes 2013 festival at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Can we listen to a sound archive as a personal diary, as a fictional narrative or as legal evidence? Is the maker a listener, an actor or an author? And which tapes did he erase, and why?