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Stories of a ruined space: filmic and sonic approaches to practice-as-research

Stories of a ruined space: filmic and sonic approaches to practice-as-research

Brown, Christopher and Hill, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0003-1521-0396 (2019) Stories of a ruined space: filmic and sonic approaches to practice-as-research. Media Practice & Education, 9 (13). ISSN 2574-1136 (Print), 2574-1144 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/25741136.2018.1519989)

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Abstract

This article reflects on the authors’ work in investigating how audiovisual practices might represent the experience of disused or ruined structures. With backgrounds in visual and sound practice respectively, the authors have, in their most recent experimental film project Coccolith (2018), conceived the Ramsgate wartime tunnelsin Kent as a point of collision for divergent artistic approaches to the representation of space. Challenging the site’s association with wartime mythology, the project sought to reconfigure the relationship between film and sound practice in order to articulate an alternative representation of the tunnels’ history, heritage and temporality. The article reflects on the role of the sound designer in developing soundscapes that embodied the ruined space, and on the role of the director in visually conceiving a spatial experience of the tunnels characterized by the absence of sound – silence. We argue that in conceiving an audiovisual project in terms of texture and gesture, it is possible to reconceptualize both the role of the soundtrack in relation to a film’s diegesis, and the role of the director in relation to sound design.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: space, audiovisual, texture, gesture, Ramsgate, Coccolith
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts
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Last Modified: 20 May 2019 07:47
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/21786

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