How sound looks 2…….

How sound looks 2…….

Link to first blog on the Sound activity in Craobh Rua

Using sound to inspire an activity offered a method outside of the traditional framework of using only observation to draw or make marks. An alternative device to record the temporary environment. A means of engaging participants (verbal and non verbal) and empowering everyone to work independently.

Watching the work unfold I thought about how this was a way of reframing Craobh Rua through listening. I saw it manifest as a drawn sound scape. Isn’t sound relational? Semantic sound focuses on a set of meanings but these moments were about causal listening. Causal listening related to the source, the music we were listening to at that moment filtered through each participant in the space.

Sitting with the work in the studio I am reminded of the Deleuzian rhizome. Can we consider soundscapes to be Deleuzian rhizomes? The mothers and babies are intrinsic to to this work.

‘Rhizome: A drawing of a Thousand Plateaus by Marc Ngui
  • 1 and 2. Principles of connection and heterogeneity: “…any point of a rhizome can be connected to any other, and must be”;
  • 3. Principle of multiplicity: it is only when the multiple is effectively treated as a substantive, “multiplicity”, that it ceases to have any relation to the One;
  • 4. Principle of asignifying rupture: a rhizome may be broken, but it will start up again on one of its old lines, or on new lines;
  • 5 and 6. Principles of cartography and decalcomania: a rhizome is not amenable to any structural or generative model; it is a “map and not a tracing”. They elaborate in the same section, “What distinguishes the map from the tracing is that it is entirely oriented toward an experimentation in contact with the real.”

The drawn work, the gestalt unified whole of our shared experience and the map of those ‘miniscule events of the unnoticed’.

Thinking back to Arthur Dove and his ‘Extractions’ method, I am currently spending time looking, studying the co-produced work, thinking further on rhizomes and documenting areas for extraction.


Link to the playlist of music the work was produced with:

Journal of Sonic Studies [Accessed 27th October 2020] [Accessed 27th October]