This practice explores the environment through the context of location. This work primarily stems from audio recordings, which are collected in numerous locations, throughout travels. These recordings expose the background noises of some of the wealthiest cities in Europe and cities in countries of Africa. Through the form of soundscapes and audio pieces, this work unmasks the similarities and vast differences of public background noise across different continents.
Imagery has become such an influential tool in learning and understanding daily life in communities and cultures around the world. With the use of the internet, and easy access to photographs of cities, impressions are easily formed based on what we see. These sound pieces question the representation and value imagery has on our understanding of societies. Hidden within the array of noise are insights into cultural difference. Socioeconomic and religious factors can be detected. The effects of industrial noise and each society’s adaptation begin to become apparent. Through listening to the sounds, familiar to someone thousands of kilometers away, an experience is created that cannot be captured or reproduced by photography.
Lauren Bickerdike is a Limerick based multimedia artist from Laois, Ireland.She is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design where she focused on Sculpture and Combined Media and received a BA honors degree in Fine Art. Lauren has recently exhibited in Peak Show, Limerick, Ireland (2019), Hark! Cresson is 40, Grenobles, France (2019), Radio Papesse, Florence, Italy (2019), Catalyst Audio Tracks, Belfast, Ireland (2018), Chapel House, Limerick, Ireland (2017), in LSAD collaborating with LIT Music Technology, Limerick, Ireland (2017) and in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2016)
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