“It’s in the air” – let air be our mentor
“It’s in the air” – let air be our mentor was a two-year project initiated by soundpocket at Hong Kong House during the last Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Artists So Wai-Lam, Mark Chung Ching, and Jacklam Ho Tsz-yeung took part in a residency in Tsunan, a small town in Niigata Prefecture, Japan during 2018-2019, while soundpocket brought Sound Scoops to Tsunan to share sounds from Hong Kong with people living in or visiting the area.
:: Artist Residency ::
Located in the very south of Niigata Prefecture, Tsunan is a small town surrounded by the Japanese Alps with Shinano River running through it. There the artists were distant from the highly urbanized city and were able to soak themselves in nature. The artists shared the same air as the locals and let themselves drift along over the six-week long residency.
So Wai-lam wandered around the Tsunan area and talked with the locals. People shared the sounds they hear in their neighbourhood. So collected their speaking and singing voices and what lies in between. In her original composition Sound Translator, So shared her discoveries and memories of Tsunan and this was aired on Tsunan public radio FMとおかまち.
Mark Chung Ching performed air flow experiments in Hong Kong House. The two-storey building was transformed from an exhibition space into an instrument. With wind passing through every gap, the windows and doors would sometimes whistle. Mark observed the movement of air and tried to make it audible and/or visible.
Jacklam Ho Tsz-yeung explored the possibility of developing and performing sounds with modular synthesizers in different spaces. After a number of tests, Jacklam decided to bring his Eurorack modular synthesizer and speakers to an abandoned swimming pool near Shinano River – sounds produced by the synthesizer echoed with the natural sounds of the sunken pool.
:: Sound Scoop ::
Sound Scoop connects the air in Hong Kong with the air in Tsunan through sound. The locals and visitors were invited to listen to sounds from Hong Kong and the in-situ sounds. People responded to their listening experiences through drawing, writing, and telling stories.
「『就在空氣中』－讓空氣成為我們的導師」由聲音掏腰包於上一屆越後妻有大地藝術祭香港部屋發起，是一項為期兩年的計劃。藝術家蘇瑋琳、鍾正及何子洋分別於 2018 至 19 年期間前往日本新潟縣的津南進行駐留；聲音掏腰包則將「細聲公」帶到津南，跟當地居民及訪客分享來自香港的聲音。
:: 藝術家駐留計劃 ::
何子洋發掘了在不同空間中使用模組化合成器製造聲音和演奏的可能性。經過屢次測試，何決定將他的模組化合成器和揚聲器帶到信濃川附近的廢棄游泳池 － 合成器產生之聲音與陷於地下的游泳池中之自然聲音互相呼應。
:: 細聲公 ::