Sunday 16 July 2023, 1.15–3pm, Off-site

OFFSITE – Music and Other Living Creatures x EnCOUnTERs: Listening Walk (Urban Birds) – with Catherine Clover

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8 Miles to Hyde Park Corner: A Sound/Listening walk
Catherine Clover
Sun 16 July 1:15pm - 3pm.

8 Miles to Hyde Park Corner: A Sound/Listening walk
Catherine Clover
Sat 15 July 12:30 - 2:15pm

This event is a sound/listening walk that engages with the lives of common wild urban birds through voicing and languaging. It takes place in Old Deer Park and along the Thames towpath in Richmond on the west side of greater London.

Old Deer Park has been open space for at least 700 years, mostly for the preserve of royalty, and only relatively recently has it been accessible as public space. Through walking, listening and voicing the event will spiral through time and space to consider the site's troubled relationship with other species. As a way of thinking and re-thinking a capitalist-colonialist past, present and future with the birds and the landscape in which they live, the event will speculate on what the relationship between people and birds might have been in Medieval times, around 1323.

Everyone is welcome. The walk is informal, inclusive and friendly, and no vocal or singing skills are needed.

Please note that the walk will cover some uneven ground, please wear sturdy boots and clothes suitable for the weather. There are WC and refreshment opportunities along the way.

Location meet-up: please meet at Richmond station just before the walk start time (District line: Overground; South Western Railway).

Music and Other Living Creatures is a series at Cafe OTO (curated by OTO Projects) dedicated to music about, with, or by other living creatures. Birds, tigers, chickens, insects and many other living creatures are explored through sound-walks, listening sessions, commissioned performances, live responses and discussions.

EnCOUnTERs is a series of inter-disciplinary events that reside at the intersection between inter- and intra-species encounter and the sonic imagination. Events direct attention to curiosity, the speculative as well as the scientific, and to notions of multiplicity of being, experience and philosophy surveying creative and research-based practices that reference aspects of ecology, ethology and other creature-ologies, bioart and bioacoustics, sound/scape studies, zoömusicology, ethnobotany, critical plant studies, and related fields.

EnCOUnTERs is curated by Helen Frosi (SoundFjord).


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Catherine Clover

Catherine Clover’s multidisciplinary practice addresses communication through voice, language and the interplay between hearing/listening, seeing/reading. Using field recording, digital imaging and the spoken/written word she explores an expanded approach to language within and across species through a framework of everyday experience, including the use of extant material and found footage. With listening as a key focus and the complexity of the urban as a shared sonic space, the artworks prompt transmission and reception through the fluidity, instability and mobility of voicing and languaging. The artworks are social in nature and frequently involve collaboration with other artists and with audiences. Their forms include public artworks, soundwalks, performance, readings, texts/scores, sound, installation, imaging.
Her artworks have been presented at Soundpocket, Hong Kong; Harvestworks, New York; Café Oto, London; Liquid Architecture, Melbourne; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; The Substation, Melbourne; Kaunas Artist’s House, Lithuania; Ting Shuo, Taiwan; CRISAP University of the Arts, London; University of the Arts, Tokyo; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne; McClelland Gallery, Melbourne; Texas Tech University, US; Massey University, Wellington, NZ; SoundFjord, London; Emerson Galerie, Berlin; London Metropolitan University; Red Gate Gallery, Beijing.

Clover lives between London, UK, where she was brought up, and Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. She teaches in Naarm/Melbourne at Swinburne University (MA Writing), RMIT University (MA Public Art) and holds a practice led PhD (Fine Art) through RMIT University.