What's on at Solent Showcase?
Exploring sound through forms
24 January – 8 March 2014
Merging noise, volume and craft, Sound Matters is a harmonious collection of makers and sound artists showcasing work at Southampton Solent University’s Showcase Gallery this spring.
A Crafts Council touring exhibition, Sound Matters offers a new and multi-sensory experience of craft. With works of varying scale and volume, each work demands to be heard as well as seen.
Several contemporary artworks have been chosen for their innovative engagement with craft practice and sound art, expressing the idea that sound has a physical presence. This ranges from reinventing traditional craft heritage such as weaving and woodturning to create unique sound forms, or experimenting with new technologies to reveal the true ‘sound’ of materials.
Working with wood and electronics, (remove: artistic duo – they are in fact a trio) Owl Project combine both digital and traditional techniques to create music-making machines. Drawing on influences such as 1970s synthesiser culture and DIY woodwork, they produce a distinctive range of musical instruments.
The exhibition features several new commissions: Sound artist Scanner and weaver Ismini Samanidou’s collaboration resulted in two ‘Weave Waves’ textile pieces; representing a visual recording of the artists’ breathing and a soundscape of Manchester and London, both demonstrating the common binary language used for digital sound recordings and textile production.
Dominic Wilcox and Yuri Suzuki’s ‘Sounds of Making in East London’ documents the sounds of 21 skilled makers at work, whilst Studio Weave’s ‘Polyphony’ is a spun aluminium ‘ear’ which separates, abstracts and re-organises external sounds via a sphere of funnels in which the visitor stands.
A Crafts Council Touring Exhibition
The project is supported by Southampton Solent University and Arts Council England.
Solent Showcase Gallery is a public gallery located within Southampton Solent University and is a key factor in Southampton's emergent Cultural Quarter.