Sound installation and
10 min. duration
Participants: 8 people at a time, lying on wooden boards, wearing an overall for protection purposes.
coal, ice, water, sand, soil, bricks (6)
8 human sized wooden boards,
cone speakers playing
various sound clips and 6 soundscapes.
The 6 main materials will throughout the piece be laid on top of each participant’s body, depending on whether or not they raise their hands regarding certain statements, being these:
You struggle in the heat (coal)
You can’t bare the cold (ice)
You would like to live next to the seaside (water)
You think surviving in a desert is possible (sand)
You have grown your own food before (soil)
You could cope with having a tent as a home (bricks)
In between each question,
sound clips will be played, which have been gathered from:
various news reports on recent weather conditions, interviews with scientists about the prospects we are facing for the future, tutorials on how to cope with the heat and cold weather as well as doctors demonstrating the effects it can have on us and finally, how to prepare for a possible disaster.
Along side these information based sound clips, an emergent soundscape will take over, each time being related to the material that is being brought in, leaving the participants emerged both in the physicality of the materials and the sounds associated with it.
In the end, the participants are able to witness their own choices as well those of others in relation to the questions, by examining the material left over materials. 'Heavy Duty' does not present solutions but invites each of the participants to the position of sensing a glimpse these possible outcomes, considering them in relation to the choices we make that impact a changing climate which will see more extreme transformations to come, of our environment and our own lives.