Year In Review
Last year, I listened to the evening radio news everyday; chronicling and recording each time a reporter used the word ‘killed’. I sampled each instance within a small extract of its original context, before combining them to create an audio feed detailing each usage from 2016. The result is a stark and affecting commentary on our gradual desensitisation to the atrocities we hear and read about everyday. 'Year In Review' encourages the listener to contemplate the semiotic value of the word ‘killed’ (does it retain the power to shock and sadden without full context? Is it more traumatic when isolated and repeated?), the responsibilities of the media and the reaction of the listener.
During the past year, we have witnessed unceasing levels of trauma and adversity. ‘Year In Review’ looks to provide the listener with a challenging but cathartic aural experience, in which we can not only acknowledge our current state of ‘hypernormalization’, but actively seek to change it as a result.