ZONES - An Audiology Of The River Clyde
ZONES: An Audiology Of The River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1999
Zones took the form of ten 40 minute audio boat trips along the River Clyde during the weekend of 13th and 14th November 1999. It was commissioned by Tramway as one of their ‘Tramway@’ series of off-site commissions.
In this work the river landscape becomes a metaphorical space on which to base a series of inter-connected narratives and soundscapes. Passengers are connected into the immediate environment by engaging in the journey and experiencing the aural compositions via headphones. This is both a real and an imagined journey - it has similarities to a ‘cinematic experience’, but instead of moving images passing before our eyes it is the viewer who moves through the passing landscape.
This work is a continuation of the artist’s interest in constructing meaning from aspects of a journey and revealing human presence, and interactions, within the public realm. The environment of the River Clyde has been chosen as a site for this work due to its significance within the city’s past - both as a vibrant industry as well as a place of community and ‘holder of memories’. The desolate, under-used state (in 1999) contrasts starkly with its imagined future as a base for telecommunication industries and media.
“The end of 1999 seems a suitable time to contemplate shifts in social and technological structures, and to draw out the unheard, the unseen and the over-imagined”.
The audio component is constructed from research and archive material, on-site recordings, as well as live ‘grabs’ from existing transmissions along the journey. The soundscape was mixed and composed digitally, in collaboration with C.21st Troy.