I am are here in Seoul with Kay Aplin (my co-curator of Made in Korea) and Hankil Ryu, to install a new exhibition of Kay’s work and to play a couple of concerts, using my Sonic Baton to recreate the original 4-channel sound installation made for British Ceramics Biennial, ‘Handmade/Automation’. The sounds for the piece were collected during a research trip to Korea by Kay, on my behalf, and also during a research trip as part of our International residency programme earlier in the year, when we visited Johnson’s Tiles in Stoke-on-Trent. Taken together the sounds represent hand-making craft processes and their polar opposite – industrial ceramic production.
The work can be previewed below in a stereo mix excerpt from the original piece.
The other major piece of work here is the re-launch in Seoul of Celadonaphonic – a GPS-triggered sound walk that features 6 new commissioned sound pieces made in response to various ceramic processes. Three Korean and three UK artists, including myself, made work for the Echoes platform and the resulting sound walk can be downloaded from the iOS and Android stores, by searching for echoes.xyz. Once downloaded, look for ‘Stoke-on-Trent Celadonaphonic’ or ‘Seoul Celadonaphonic’ and then off you go. Sounds can also be downloaded and listened to offline.
It’s been an extraordinary journey throughout this year with exhibitions, performances, a sound app and an international residency programme, all made possible with the generous support of Arts Council England.