In spring 2017 I spend time in one of the Beijing Hutongs, just at the beginning of the Hutong clean-up drive instigated by the Chinese government. I am preparing an album from materials recorded there for Linear Obsessional.
Bifurcation of Time is a collection of text-based works developed during the collaborative, international residency project Soundscapes Landscapes (City Above Life Below) in Athens, Greece. The project, instigated by Greek media art collective Medea Electronique in conjunction with the Onassis Cultural Centre sought to create a works for a series of site-specific mobile phone walks and a VR experience; […]
The Listening Wall is a wall of curated scores for listening and sound related instruction scores. LISTEN… In 1966, sound art pioneer Max Neuhaus stamped the word “LISTEN” onto the hands of participating audiences and took them on a walk around Manhatten, listening to industrial rumblings, buzzings of Puerto Rican street life and lastly, a percussion performance. […]
Between 1st November and 8th November I will be in Athens (Greece), participating in the collaborative residency project Soundscapes Landscapes (City Above Life Below). The projects brings together a group of international artists to work on a joint project for the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. The project is envisaged to consist of mobile phone based soundwalk and a VR […]
A BandCamp release of the Lab of Sonic Possibilities performance of “Improvisation for Microphone and Beach” at the Whitstable earlier this summer is out now. Download is free, although contributions are of course greatly appreciated. <a href=”http://divacontemporary.bandcamp.com/album/whitstable-2016-live-on-the-beach-v-1″>Whitstable 2016 :: live on the beach V by The Lab of Sonic Possibilities [Tansy Spinks and Iris Garrelfs]</a>
Ingibjörg Gudmundsdottir (ceramics) and Iris Garrelfs (sound) Littoral Assembly is an installation combining ceramics sculptures and 4- channel sound for Brighton Digital Festival 2016. It was developed during a collaborative residency as part of the Landscape : Islands series devised by Kay Aplin and Joseph Young. Ingibjörg Gudmundsdottir is influenced by her native Icelandic landscape. […]
Site specific sonic post-Dada madness with Iris Garrelfs and Jude Cowan Montague. “Oddest moment was that I was complaining about the fact that I’d forgotten about the Dada event the previous day, then we rushed in to watch those women do that thingy…” About a performance at Linear Obsessional Live in the Park No.11.
Otzi is an an audio-visual work developed for the MuseRuole Festival at Museion Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano/Italy, on 27th May 2016. It is inspired by the story of the Ötzi the ieceman, an extremely well-preserved natural mummy who was found buried in ice in the nearby Ötztal Alps (hence the name). His body and belongings are […]
Lauschen (Eavesdropping) is an improvised performance for environment, voice and listening cones. It was originally developed for Lausch II, Lewisham Art House, London, UK in 2016, a series curated by Rahel Kraft. The performance also incorporates a subtle surround sound composition emitted from hidden (bluetooth) speakers. c Find a video documenting the performance here: [https://www.facebook.com/irisgarrelfs/videos/10154847211688065/?l=2749803556575861616] […]
Room 61 was a site-specific performance at the National Gallery, as part of Soundscapes Late. The event took place in Room 61 of the Sainsbury Wing (see floor plan) in September 2015. As a live response to images in these galleries, the piece includes growling lions, lute music, readings from a Middle Age treatise on painting and […]
Eclipse is a site-specific performance commissioned by Radio Arts for Switched On at the Beaney Art Museum in Canterbury, UK. Juxtaposing the universe with mundane everyday life, the performance combines readings from Canterbury’s local newspapers (including personal ads) with sounds of the solar system with and musings about the recent solar eclipse. The following text was read as […]
From 2nd-6th February 2015, during a residency for Tate Britain’s Radio City Season, I developed the Listening Room, a space for visitors to bring me objects and their stories around the theme of “hearing”. These might be pictures, stones, sticks, in fact anything imaginable! I was at hand to record the stories and I later created a 4-channel […]
For Forms of Ventriloquism Iris Garrelfs re-interprets the relationships between puppeteer and dummy, performer and score, by “throwing her voice” (as the act of ventriloquizing is also known) and giving expression to another time, another place, and another’s experience. These were relayed by visual and textual recordings of the initial activities. Iris Garrelfs now zooms into their fragmented traces, which become unwitting scores and prompts to a performative transposition of place.” For more information, click here
Bedroom Symphonies is an album of eight compositions made from voice practice sessions during a number of tours and residencies.So, imagine me sitting on a hotel bed, or friend’s sofa, laptop on the night table with a head microphone plugged straight into it and you won’t be too far from reality. As the practice microphone wasn’t […]
Stone Table is an improvised performance work for locally collected stones and an amplified metal table. It was developed for Sonic cueB Festival in London, curated by Luca Nasciuti. The first performance took place on 24/3/2014. I spent the afternoon collecting stones in the local area – mostly in Hilly Fields – which where then used in the performance […]