Site specific work

A change is as good as a rest


11 October 2010

I seem to have gone through a transitional stage with my practice. Finally I have had the chance to stand back and take a look (or rather a listen), to the past few soundscapes I’ve created… and it surprised me just how ‘safe’ they had become. I should have realised there was something not quite right when I was struggling to produce sound walks and installations through a complete lack of creativity and imagination. I literally had nothing left and was desperately seeking inspiration… but as any creative person will tell you its impossible to force creativity, and when you do the results are disappointing and transparent.

In May I applied to UK Young Artists to produce a soundscape for Derby city, (a work in progress), based on the Don’t Shoot the Messenger concept (A site specific guided binaural audio walk inspired by the adaptation of one of the most common ‘city birds’- the feral pigeon.)  In September I was selected, based on the proposal I had submitted. However, the Don’t Shoot the Messenger concept had developed and I was looking to re- work a series of experimental works, such as Bread Suit to present as a video installation. Unfortunately UKYA were only interested in showing the initial proposal, which meant I had to make a difficult decision and not take part in the event. This decision was based on the foresight that the work that still needed to be done for the sound walk, would not be complete to a standard I would be happy with. I wouldn’t have been comfortable showcasing a new sound walk to a national audience, that I didn’t feel represented my practice and my passion for recording city soundscapes.

Lucy Stevens is an artist whose environmental soundscapes and visual art investigates the relationship between humanity and nature.

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