GREAT HOVERING ROCKS!

UPDATE before the Bank Holiday (!)

ANTICLINE: GPS-triggered soundscape for Westdown Quarry (now running). This work can be downloaded free from my website (all instructions for downloading and use are HERE!)

SYNCLINE: array of 6 autonomous megaphones beaming audio content into The Amphitheatre at Fairy Cave Quarry (work-in-progress)

PERICLINE: sonic audio-art gallery piece for the Black Swan, Frome: this is the third piece in the triptych of audioworks for Step in Stone; it’s now in its final stages:

Maquette1 - signed

Very many thanks to great guy Charles Clapham, Workshop Supervisor for the School of Earth Sciences, Bristol University. I rang him up out of the blue with my strange artistic request to create rock core samples out of the Fairy Cave Quarry rock so I could animate them and he said, “bring’em in!” “When?”, I asked. “Now,” he said. Two weeks later he rang me up – he’d made two 25mm cores out of the rock. Thanks to Bristol Uni!

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[Ralph Hoyte working with Phill Phelps]

Sally Kidall setting up: Lest We Forget: is enough enough?

Stage 2 openings today at Westdown Quarry and its a glorious day! Come down today and check out my grass growing chairs in “Lest We Forget: is enough enough?”
Materials: wheat grass, soil, timber chairs, plastic, water, rocks, glass-fibre rods, string

First image of finished work last night, light was fading, rain easing, better images to following.

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What an enormous week organising my first work for ‘step in stone’ at Westdown Quarry, sourcing 12 old chairs, the right soils, tools & materials, planting seeds with in an hour of arriving from Australia after traveling for 36 hours!! It was a relief to find my bags were going to fit my motley collection of old chairs sourced from Northwich, Cheshire, Bristol.Lest we Forget set up2

Sarah McCluskey, my very good friend from art school days, kept me going through the jet-lag with her endless wit and hard labour!! Here she is, totally soaked, filling my plastic pyramids with puddle water, yes we had online water supply yesterday, thank you rain!Lest we Forget set up 4

Sarah loading rocks into the base of the chairs to anchor them to site. And thanks to her husband Steve Woodcock too for helping me the other night attach the chair bases.

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Here shows how the well traveled grass cushions, that have been in & out of my van all week, sit on the seats with more soil below to nourish them over the next few weeks. The plastic bags are them supported with fine glass fibre rods.Lest we Forget set upLest we Forget set up3

To find my work you need to keep walking, its about 15-20 minute walk from the entrance gates, keep following the path along the river, don’t give up its worth the walk to this beautiful enchanting site!

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Sally Kidall  15/8/15

Sally’s Kidall’s final preparations….

I am now packing my bags ready to leave cold wintery Australia on Friday. All the light parts of my project are finished at last after many weeks thinking, planning, making, sewing…… my studio space is a complete mess as is the rest of the house, my poor family suffer with every project. It looks like I’m sewing for a bridal company!!

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My project for Fairy Cave Quarry is called “Terra Firma: there’s no place like home”. It consists of 21 transparent tents of various sizes arranged in concentric circles reminiscent of a large ancient monument. Each tent will contain various growing/changing narratives, yet to be made, all will be revealed nearer the time.

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I have had a passion for making tent projects over the last couple of years, some floating, others hanging onto exposed cliff tops, or beaches or sitting comfortably in an arid S. Australian bushland.

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Recently some of them have taken to wheels and I have had a couple of opportunities to try out some ideas for ‘step in stone’.

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At the Table_time for action Sally Kidall3At the Table_time for action Sally Kidall2

My first project to set up next week is called “Lest We Forget: is enough enough?”, this project is a new larger developed version of an earlier work made for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. Westdown quarry is a great location for this work and I’m looking forward to setting it up next week. Its made of 12 chairs housed in large plastic bags with grass growing seats inside and arranged again in a large circle, plus an outer circle of water containing plastic pyramid shaped bags I’ve made.

In the Bag 2012 In the Bag 2012 detail

I’m looking forward to returning to Somerset and the Mendips area and meeting all the artists and visitors.

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phreatic obfuscations

“The morning’s baldness dissected the straight line of horizon. He raised his head and saw the arc of the bitter flight as petrels sheered out of the Atlantic on the tilt of the crystalline plane; and the waters streamed off it down to an infinity where Choughs ran red-legged and inchoate in their golden, golden cage. He swerved his gaze: landwards! And the sea hauled him back: come rest in my bosom, come suck and gnaw with me at the stubborn land. Then all will be sea and all will be sea and all will be at sea; and all will have returned, free as dolphins who, so many aeons ago, faced the same choice and chose. Can we say we chose right?”

(from ANTICLINE – GPS-triggered located smartphone work for Westdown Quarry)

Sometimes I think ‘hey, you’re supposed to be a poet – so what’s with all this digi-stuff???’

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Currently laying out GPS-triggered walk-poem ANTICLINE thru’ Westdown Quarry (goes live 15 Aug). This involves:

  • writing the poem-text
  • recording the poem-text (main voice: me; other voices: synthesized)
  • editing the recordings (in Audacity or Ableton Live)
  • processing the recordings in Ableton Live (above screenshot left of screen)
  • converting the recordings to mp3s (takes up less space in app)
  • composing the final mp3 soundfiles into the landscape (ie configuring the experience-design taking topographical considerations and features into account, as well as how long it should take an average walker to walk across a sound-region. In this case the mediascape is linear, which means it must ‘make sense’ both ways – there, and back)
  • testing the simulation in-house
  • testing on-site
  • lots of swearing

The actual process is fascinating and can get obsessive: instead of composing onto a scoresheet, or even by feel, you’re composing into a real landscape: you’re overlaying a virtual soundworld onto a real place which can only be heard in that place – nowhere else on earth. You have to decide whether there are scattered soundpools which have to be ‘hunted’, or whether it’s a continuous experience (in this case it’s continuous); you have (as above) to consider how long an average person will take to walk through the soundpool; that they may not walk thru’ it at all, but simply stop and listen until it finishes (how does this affect the experience?); whether to loop the tracks – which leads to one kind of experience; or simply play them once only; are they to be programmed enter/play/keep playing on departure, or enter/play/fade out (or stop) on departure/start again at same place  on re-entry/start at beginning again on re-entry? What sounds do you want to place on which topographical features? What sounds are there there already? Do soundpools overlap, and if so, what does it sound like?

RALPH HOYTE 29 July 2015

Westdown Figure of Eight

[Ralph Hoyte} Forgot to take map of figure-of-eight walk when last visited Westdown Quarry. Blue GPS track is my route, picture below is the actual figure-of-eight. I’ll probably use Appfurnace software to configure the GPS-triggered walkscape. Users will need to download Appfurnace onto their smartphone. You then scan a QR code in (which will be made available to you somehow, possibly people will have to register with me, then I can send it to them). When you encounter a virtual pool of content, you will be able to listen to it on your iPhone or Google Android smartphone. No, no network signal is required, just a GPS fix, which your phone will do automatically.

Westdown - figure of eight

 

Ralph Hoyte  5/5/15