Greg McLaren – artist, Whitstable Biennale 2016. Photo courtesy Marcus Leadley.

Adrian Newton
David Rogers
Marcus Leadley
The Sounding Shore: Coast to Coast

Saturday 2 June 2018

Main Beach, near Keam’s Yard

A day-long curated programme of live performances, installations and sonic art interventions on the beach. A feature of the Biennale since 2010, this year’s event will retain its strong site-specific and ecological focus as artists and performers work directly with the environment: the beach itself, wind, water, tides, founds objects and local field recordings, as well as computers, instruments and voices. All systems are battery powered and the audience will be provided with wireless headphones – to ensure great sound quality and a minimal imprint on the location.

Visit at any point in the day. The event is produced as a collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London and DIVA Contemporary Studio.

Sounding Shore performance schedule:

11.00 – 11.30: Marcus Leadley, Hidden Sounds of Whitstable
Field recordings with treatments.

11.30 – 12.00: Elisabeth Salverda, Ebb and flow across the horizon to me (1). The sound of Whitstable mixed with field recordings made on the sandy dunes on the island of Vlieland while looking out towards Whitstable. Astronomical water level forecasts show that low tide in either place can coincide with high tide in the other.

[12.00 – 12.30 Intermission for  Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (Reading). ]

12.30 – 1.00: Tansy Spinks and Iris Garrelfs, Lab of Sonic Possibility
Scavenged objects relating to place, in combination with voice/instrument.

1.00 – 1.30: Duncan Sylvie and Guy Fleisher, Perestroika
A medley of natural and manipulated field recordings coupled with synthetic sounds, vocals and guitar, structured into a pop song narrative

1.30 – 2.00: Mike Brooks, Sovereignty and the Sea
A reading of observations on the sounds of sovereignty and capital, from a series of sound-walks from London to Whitstable.

2.00 – 2.30: Madeline Smyth
Exploring the juxtaposition of industry and nature in the area around Hartlepool, Teesside using field recordings.

2.30 – 3.00: Emmanual Spinelli
Live microphones, sonic treatments

3.00 – 3.30: Lisa Busby and Ingrid Plum
An exploration of entanglements and contrasts of close proximity/physical distance, miked/acoustic sound, immersions in sea/sand, and static/moving voices.

3.30 – 4.00: Daniel James Ross King Canute: Eat Your Heart Out!
Holding back the tide.

4.00 – 4.30: Greg McLaren, Glissando. Man. Phone. Sea
(performed by Jacob Dale)

4.30 – 5.00: Alex McKenzie
Analog synthesis, and live signal processing + field recordings.

5.00 – 5.30: Charles Vaughn, The sea underneath my skin
An introspective work using contact mics and body to form symmetry with the sea.

5.30 – 6.00: Joshua Barfoot
A semi-improvised performance using multiple cassette tape loops, each containing fragments of field recordings.

6.00 – 6.30: Ingrid Plum, Lullaby (Alvin Lucier)
Binaural sound work.

6.30 – 7.00: Dog on a Deckchair
Little Happening. Field recordings + …

Independent installations – from 1pm

Lou Terry
Electronic Wind Chime
Sam Loveless
Lost in Time

Recordings programme (Channel 2)

Programme 1
Claudia Martinho: Shores
Claire Orme: Floating Tea Bags
ivon oats: calling shore to gyre
Rose Ford: Somber Seas
Callum Magill: The Meeting Place of the White Post
Simon Le Boggit: Windy Turbine Phase
Rob Mackay & John Wedgwood Clarke: Above 8 and Voice Over Water
Maria Kheyfets: Breathing Earth
Elisabeth Salverda: Ebb and flow across the horizon to me (2)