begin to hear [installation]

Pesented here as a mono mix down, this was a 104-minute, 8-channel sound installation and poetry work composed from recordings of walks to the same natural phenomenon – a Kittiwake colony [Ex Libris Gallery, Fine Art Department, Newcastle University, 23rd & 24th October 2019].

Moving to and from four separate Kittiwake colonies in Newfoundland and Northumberland presents the opportunity to consider movement, time and distance within, between and across the different walks. The work presents the sounds of a human pace ‘in place’ and a wild bird that is in steep population decline. Each walk was also presented as a haibun – in a three-leaf pamphlet and as a 25-card verse-set. The poems played as a looped recording through headphones and are available under the “poems and walk texts” tag.