SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
created as a site specific sound walk
Goldsmiths Deptford Studios
for 8 people at a time
8 independent headphones
20 minutes duration
adaptable for other locations
The audio clips and narrating voice heard throughout the piece are extracts of what people could be hearing at a certain time and location, with sound overlaps mimicking the sound heard by two or more people.
Scratching the Surface was created as a proposition, a test, where 8 people who may or may not have met each other before meet in an enclosed space but are then taken outside through in-ear instructions.
They are guided on a journey through a delineated territory, including; the creekside canal, the road traffic, the sky above, a patch of green, a construction side and a low cost hotel. Each will hear extracted sound clips from selected youtube videos, most of which are unique to each in-ear.
Throughout the piece the participants find each other in different formations and are prompted to look somewhere, to pick something up, or to converse with each other at different stages and with various purposes related to what they have just heard. The information provided on the sound clips, and possibly exchanged, often offers various perspectives to a certain topic or issue at hand, correlated with what is being experienced at each location. It's openness lends itself to unpredictable and variable outcomes in such encounters; in the visual, sonic, physical but also social realm.