The Collective Studio 2021-22 is open for applications! Deadline Thursday 15 July


Simon Whetham

I work with sound as I enjoy the initial exploration of a location, discovering it’s characteristic and hidden sounds, and the patience this takes. It is this process that acquaints me with many aspects of a place.
During this process I often record intriguing sounds I hear, which immediately disconnects the sounds from their source, de-contextualising them. The activity that caused the sound is already in the past but an imprint of it, part of it’s essence, has been retained. These captured moments of time can be heard again, the sound no longer ephemeral.
I explore the fact that sound is energy, and I use recordings or live action to trigger motion in objects or transform a sound by playing it through various materials, resonating them. I wish to explore further energy forms, such as light, wind and water to produce or trigger sound.
It is the physical quality of sound that inspires and excites me. That it can be felt, but you are unable to touch it.