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The Cosmic Pond

The Cosmic Pond

Sparkes, Sarah and Thompson, Ian (2018) The Cosmic Pond. [Dataset]

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Abstract

An Arts Council England funded four-week artists residency, at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland, UK.

Artists were invited to propose projects exploring the idea of "BEYOND", inspired by the Allenheads arts centre sharing its site with the North Pennines Observatory. Our proposal was to re-imagine a disused reservoir at the site as The Cosmic Pond, a term often used as an analogy for the behaviour of cosmic microwave background in space.

The main objective of the residency was to immerse hydrophones in the pond, and relay the sounds of life within the water to speakers and other listening devices on dry land over a long period of time, the concept being that changes heard in the behaviour of subaquatic fauna may correlate with changes in lunar activity, weather, dawn/dusk, etc.

Although this was ostensibly an art-led project, the application of listening technology and semi-scientific method is noteworthy, and will be of interest to researchers exploring the use of bioacoustics as a means of monitoring subaquatic life in still water ecosystems, an area of investigation which is surprisingly under-represented as compared to submarine space.

The project has also resulted in many hours of underwater recordings that will be used as materials in future arts projects, and the application of spaced-pair hydrophones as a means of recording localised underwater sound will inform further scientific study of still water environments.

Item Type: Dataset
Uncontrolled Keywords: sound art, residency, bioacoustics, participatory, immersion, sound walk, moon
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
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: 19 May 2019 14:48
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22954

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