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Art Exhibition in the Arches ends

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The recent sound installation in the Armstrong Arches has now gone, as The Walking Festival of Sound ends.

The trans-disciplinary  exhibition, The Art of Field Recording, was located in the Arches as part of The Walking Festival of Sounds, from the 10-14 October. The event explored the idea of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings by combining a number of walking performances and walking seminars, which took place in diverse public spaces.

The unique sound space of the Arches played host to multi-channel audio works from artists and researchers working in and outside of the University.

The unique sound space of the Arches played host to multi-channel audio works from artists and researchers working in and outside of the University.

One of the recordings, titled Jarrow Slake, was by Digital Media Lecturer Tim Shaw. He organised the events, which were funded by Newcastle University Centre for Creative Arts.

Tim has done several similar exhibitions nationally and internationally, but this year saw the opening of the Arches as a new listening space. The festival also took place in Stockholm.

Jarrow Slake focused on a small stretch of reclaimed land situated on the River Don. This industrial site hosts an incongruous mixture of a Nissan car storage facility, and a thriving wildlife community.

Researchers used four underwater microphones to capture some of the complex sounds that exist below the surface of the river. The river’s large mud bank is home to many underwater creatures, which reveal themselves at low tide.

The recording was unprocessed, and was made in one take, with minimal top and tail editing.

The recording was unprocessed, and was made in one take, with minimal top and tail editing.

The Creative Arts at Newcastle University Twitter account acknowledged the festival and gave praise to the artists: ‘Congratulations to @Tim4Shaw and his collaborators on the delivery of the 2019 Walking Festival of Sound’.

The Arches exhibition received positive praise on Twitter

The Arches exhibition received positive praise on Twitter. ‘@UniofNewcastle Under the arches tonight listening to amazing soundtrack of Walking Festival of Sound. So unexpected. So beautiful,’ tweeted Helen Stringer.

Other events for The Walking Festival of Sounds included Begin to Hear, Ambulation, The Road to the Holy City, Instructions for Walking Women, Dog Leap Stairs, Still Walking, Walking Festival of Sound Record-A-Thon and Recording the Ear. 

You can find similar events on the Newcastle University Centre for Creative Arts website.

Last modified: 30th October 2019

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