Flatpack Festival, Arts Lab Project


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Recently Vivid Project has had its yearly ‘Flat Pack Festival’. This time, I was luckily enough to get involved and embark on one of the most difficult and challenging projects I’ve had to take on so far; rearranging and editing interviews for an art piece.

The artist I was working with was called Trevor Pitt, a known figurehead around the art scenes within the city. Trevor had conducted interviews with a series of people that used to be involved with Birmingham Arts Lab back in the 60’s and 70’s.

I didn’t know this at the time, but the Lab had been one of the only surviving and influential Art’s Lab in the country, consisting of a cinema, performance arts space and café. The original lab pushed the boundaries on many different pieces of art, including Jolyon’s ‘Anti Symphony’. As I began to edit the interviews, it was then that I understood the importance of it’s contribution to the art scene and to Birmingham’s history.

The project didn’t come without its challenges, I’d never done anything like this before, normally I was told to take pauses out, make audio fast and smooth paced. Trevor however, wanted me to keep things as raw as possible, leave the pauses and take out his questions to create a narrative. He also asked me to find ‘audio satellites’. These were pieces of audio that I found interesting and were to be made to fly across the room. Trevor said he wanted them to sound like light reflecting off a mirror ball.

As well as being able to demonstrate my editing skills with audio editing, I was invited to set up the exhibition. There I met a sonic artist, who projected the audio from different areas of the room, not just headphones but coming out of bins and old fashioned amps.

The exhibition was a success and I felt that I learn lots about audio within the art world. Unlike the structured world of radio, the sounds used in art have a lot more freedom. I would definitely work with Trevor again and hopefully will get to in the summer.

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