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MY…World

modern art oxford installationModern Art Oxford, September 200836th-street-text

 

 

 

 

I worked on the MyWorld strand of this major project for Oxfordshire Education Department for a year from September 2007. The final outcomes of my collaborative residency working with two primary schools, students from Wood Green School in Oxfordshire, and Carver Centre for Arts & Technology, Baltimore, was shown at Modern Art Oxford during September 2008.

mf-wg-01I approached this project as a developmental process, only knowing that I wanted to collect material and use it to contrast the online and physical environments that surrounded the project hosts in Oxfordshire and Baltimore – but not knowing exactly how.

As a “resident” artist in the schools, I tried to introduce as many new techniques and possibilities to the students as I could, leaving them to pick up and develop those techniques that were of most interest to them.

Practically, we went out on several field trips to significant locations in the lives of the students and recorded audio, video and still images from these spaces.

mf-wg-13Two distinct works came out from this material, the first being a large two channel moving image piece, assembled from panoramic still photographs and manipulated location recordings from equivalent places in the UK and USA. We set up video conferences between the students from Wood Green and Carver College to discuss the work, and finally swapped the material that we had gathered. I worked on the huge task of assembling the material with four students from Wood Green School, who elected to put in extra time to complete the necessary steps.

Video Extract from “UK Locations” channel:

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sound-mapThe second piece, used similar source material but constructed as two “sound-maps” where visitors could listen through headphones and connect an audio cable into several sockets cut into a map of our route, each different socket providing access to recordings taken at each of the significant locations.

Here are a couple of audio examples from the Boar’s Hole, a resonant brick tunnel and stream, running under the main rail line to London in Cholsey, West Oxfordshire:

Inside the Boar’s Hole

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The Underground Stream

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Project Archive at Oxfordshire County Education Dept.