Listening to the sea from at least twelve points of hearing

Alexandra Spence
Finalist

'Listening to the sea from at least twelve points of hearing' is a sound installation that traces the connections between place, identity, & sound.
In 2016, I made twelve field recordings, one at each of Vancouver’s beaches, using a portable cassette player & custom tape loops. Each tape loop ribbon was removed from the cassette casing & buried in the location at which it was recorded. One to three months later they were dug up & placed back into cassettes. The obvious result is the physical deterioration of the tape, & degradation of the original recordings. And yet the deterioration of one thing is a transformation into another.

'Listening to the sea...' is also an attempt at collaboration, asking & prompting a place to affect its own sounding. Burying the tape seemed to give the places at which I was recording a sense of autonomy over their own soundings. I imagined this as a collaboration of sorts – I made a recording & the physical variables of each place & location altered it.

Listening to the sea from at least twelve points of hearing

Alexandra Spence
Finalist

Artist Statement

Alexandra Spence
Finalist

Alexandra Spence is a sound artist/musician from Sydney, Australia. She works within the fields of audiovisual installation, composition, and music performance. Alex is interested in the idea of listening as an active practice. Her work favours subtlety, quietude and unusual sound sources.

Alex has performed and presented work in concerts, festivals, symposiums and galleries in Australia, Canada, and Europe, including including the Vancouver Art Gallery, CA; Destroy Vancouver, CA; Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, CA; the Women In Sound/Women On Sound forum: Educating Girls in Sound, Lancaster, UK; the FKL Symposium, Besenello, IT; Festival Images Contre Nature, Marseille, FR; the NOW Now Festival, Sydney, AU; Vivid Festival, Sydney, She is the co-curator of Tidal~Signal Festival, which aims to highlight women and transgender artists working in left-field genres. In 2016 Alex received her MFA from Simon Fraser University, CA.

http://alexandraspence.net/