Solo exhibition – New commission
Title: Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh)
FIELD work – sculptural installation with quadraphonic surround audio, programmed light and wind
Duration 8:21 mins looped with 2 min pause.
Co-commissioned by ArtNight and Contemporary Art Society. Now in the permanent collection of Leeds Art Gallery.
Nichols and Clarke Building 1st July 2017 6:00PM till 4:00AM and 2nd July 2017 12:00 Noon till 6:00PM
Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh) draws its source material from ‘pockets of wild space’ in the east end of London. Left over bits of land, corners, the sides of the busy roads, places that are somehow voids or free spaces in the city that are without rule or purpose- spaces ‘in-between’ that are full of uncertainty and promise. Hardy collected sounds as well as objects from these places: atmospheric landscape sounds; interlopers from elsewhere like parakeets; and approached the city as a giant instrument by using objects found on the street to generate noises in the locations where she finds them. For example sliding a steel rod against a metal fence, dropping pieces of concrete into a hole or chasing rolling tin cans as they blow under a canal bridge. Composed into an abstract score the resulting audio is coupled with a delicate assembly of objects, architectural fragments and curtains of VHS tape that alternately hang still like drawn waterfalls or rain, and blow gently in the wind of turning pink fans as they go on and off. The lighting fluctuates in relation to the temper of the audio, creating a sense of weather and impermanence. Choreographed around you and the space, the sensuality and balance of the components creates a familiar yet disorientating environment and the work proposes itself as a living object that you enter into – a space of uncertainty and impermanence that might be a source of solace and comfort.