BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Course Leader Milo Taylor is currently working with choreographer Saffy Setohy and composer Jan Handrickse, devising a collaborative dance piece entitled ‘Hidden Architectures’.
An immersive performance installation and sensory experience, the work features an original live score composed for dancers, prepared electric guitars and electronics.
Milo explains: “‘Hidden Architectures’ explores the connections and social knots that we make as humans. Driven by the interconnectivity of sound, movement and materials, it asks ‘what does it mean to be connected? Do our connections constrain us or liberate us? And are we ever able to act independently of one another?”
‘Hidden Architectures’ is performed by pairs of people, connected mouth to mouth by amplified, near-invisible threads that resonate as the dancers move through the space. The barely-there threads are used to incorporate movement, movement, sound, materials, light and environment, in relation to one another.
The project, funded by Creative Scotland through the Open Fund and commissioned by Science Gallery London, advise the audience that they will be guided to seats within a darkened industrial space. Inviting the public to a multi-sensory experience, they further advise them there may be unusual, extreme sounds occurring in the performance space and may be colder than other theatres.
As well as being Course Leader, Milo has produced short films, sound installations and radiophonic works for the BBC and Resonance FM. Milo’s research interests vary from histories of the sense, to media archaeology, electronic cultures and the sonic world at large, in addition to delivering practical workshops on the MA Sound Arts course.
The work will be premiered at Dance International Glasgow in May 2017.