As part of Tashkeel Gallery and Studios’ new media artist residency, sonic artists Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley will next month begin curating sound art. The duo are currently exploring the relationship between architecture and sound using only the natural, resonant frequencies of a space, producing works that they will exhibit both at Tashkeel and at the 20th International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA2014) to be held in Dubai this November.
Named by the British Academy of Songwriters as 'Sonic Artist of the Year' 2013, Weaver is a sound artist and audio hardware hacker, specialising in broadcast and architectural installation. Iran-born musician and sound artist Bradley has performed at major UK and international festivals as a DJ, as well as creating her own electronic circuits and sound sculpture installations for art shows, films and improvised performances.
For Bradley and Weaver, sound is “a means of creating an intersection between art and music; it is an art form that consistently leaves much to the imagination of the listener.” They have worked together on a number of projects since 2006, re-imagining sound in space using electronics, acoustic phenomena and domestic or re-purposed materials.
One of the pair’s installations during the coming month is a large-scale sound piece involving an experimental choir of untrained singers, known as a ‘feral choir’, whose profession is connected to the construction industry such as architects, planners or surveyors. As part of Bradley and Weaver’s film and discussion programme running throughout September, the choir will perform a ‘work-in-progress’ at the gallery alongside the artists.