Text and images by Matt Parker, PhD Student in Sonic Arts, LCC
Matt Parker PhD Student in Sonic Arts from CRiSAP at London College of Communication was selected for the 2016 UAL Art for the Environment International Residency (AER) at Joya arte: + ecología in Almeria, Spain. Here is his report:
“No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes of photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars” (Mandel, 2015: 32)
I spent a fortnight in the company of the Beckman family at El Cortijada de Los Gázquez, in an alpine desert, living at 1000m above sea level in the Parque Natural Sierra María – Los Vélez. In the spring of 2016, I applied to the Art for the Environment International Residency Programme (AER) run by Professor Lucy Orta at the University of the Arts London. The award was for a number of research-led artist residencies to take place across the world for existing and recently graduated UAL students. I was about half way into my first year of a PhD programme at London College of Communication, studying within Creative Research into Sound Art Practice (CRiSAP) research centre and was successful in gaining the residency opportunity with Joya arte: + ecología in Almeria, Spain.