Visualisation of Kleefeld – Klangfeld
Words by Jyoti Mann
David Mollin and Salomé Voegelin, lecturers on LCC’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts courses, have been awarded an Art and Architecture commission to realise a public art project in Bern, Switzerland.
The project Kleefeld – Klangfeld is funded by the Kunstkommission and the Hochbauamt – a building construction board – and will turn the environment of a newly renovated local school in a multicultural area of the town into a ‘instrument’ to be played.
The area will become a Klangfeld, or sonic field, that makes the temporary and passing nature of the site audible, highlighting how it is inhabited by its diverse local community. Through infrastructure building (from 2017 to 2020) and participatory interventions (from 2020 to 2025), it will enable pupils, teachers, administrators, local residents and visitors to engage with its sounds and add their own voices, sounds and rhythms to their environment.
Abdulwahab Tahhan (second from left) speaking on the Beyond Borders panel with (l-r): Tom Law, chair Claudia-Liza Armah and Shahd Abusalama. Image © Ana Escobar
LCC’s Beyond Borders exhibition (open 7-17 March 2017) and panel debate showcases the work of The Refugee Journalism Project, which supports migrant and exiled journalists from around the world to restablish their careers in the UK.
Project participant Abdulwahab Tahhan was raised in Aleppo, Syria and, now based in the UK, is a researcher at journalist-led transparency project Airwars, which monitors civilian casualties of international airstrikes in Iraq, Syria and Libya. We got in touch with Abdulwahab to find out more.
Illustration by Maite Diez
On Tuesday 7 March, LCC presents Beyond Borders, a free exhibition and fully-booked panel debate, exploring the work of refugee journalists. The exhibition runs until Friday 17 March in the Lower Gallery and includes data journalism, video and photojournalism from contributors including those involved in the Refugee Journalism Project.
The Refugee Journalism Project aims to help exiled and displaced journalists reestablish their careers in the UK. It is a collaboration between LCC and the Migrants Resource Centre, and has worked with participants from many countries including Syria, Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Yemen. Collectively, they have an impressive array of experience in the media industry – broadcasting, print, and photography. Yet, despite being qualified and experienced professionals, most have been unable to gain paid or unpaid work within the British media.
LCC is delighted to present ‘Ken. To Be Destroyed‘ as part of its public programme of events and exhibitions. The exhibition, which is part of the Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research, will run Friday 17 February – Saturday 26 March 2017, with a Private View on Thursday 16 February, and will be accompanied by a series of events, talks and workshops.
We caught up with the artist Sara Davidmann and the show’s curator Professor Val Williams to find out a little more about the work that will be on show, their collaboration and some of the processes behind the project.