Media installation exhibited at The Show 2018, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver Canada.

materials: mud, audio players, field recordings, headphones, salvaged cedar, utility lamp, river water, power.

mud (fraser) is a continuation of methods and materials used in “ground-level listening”, focusing more specifically into the tidal mudflats of the area known as “the fraser river” in and around the city of Vancouver. Three installations were placed at three locations in the University - on the first, second, and fourth floors. The locations were chosen specifically for being interstitial thoroughfares: hallways, corners near foot traffic. In the first node, field recordings and mud were taken from a location on the river below the Oak St. bridge. The second had field recordings and mud taken from the river under the Knight St. bridge. The third had recordings and mud from an industrial area near the mouth of the river.

Part 2 of 3 - installation view

Part 2 of 3 - installation view

Part 2 of 3 - detail

Part 2 of 3 - detail

The mud blocks placed on the shelves had a recording in which the listener could hear the mud being physically collected. My shorthand descriptions for the shelf recordings were “listen to mud” and the floor recordings “listen as mud”. The sound in the blocks on the ground is a passive recording: sitting still in the space, at ground level, hearing the vibrations through the mud of the bridge overhead, the acoustics reflecting off the water and surrounding structures - no movement of the listening apparatus is heard. In the sounds of the block on the shelf, one can hear a manipulation of the material - squelching sounds of the mud, a recording of an interaction. Connected to this is the implication of archiving sound and material, an interference that sets up a contrast to passively placing oneself in the perspective of the mud.


Peripheral Materials: Pamphlet analog edition of 500, made with typewriter and photocopier. distributed during exhibition.

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Peripheral Materials: Poster analog photographer: Michelle Bygodt. Darkroom processing and hand-scratched negative by Laurance Playford-Beaudet.

Final poster

Final poster

making the negative - photographing on location.

making the negative - photographing on location.


Peripheral Materials: Trailer (video has no sound)