NOCTURNE

A series of stills from Sarah Burwash's animation Gates for Sojourn II.

A series of stills from Sarah Burwash's animation Gates for Sojourn II.

Artist Sarah Burwash asked me to create a sound piece for her animated installation Gates for Sojourn II, which will be presented at this year's Nocturne Festival in the Public Gardens on October 18. This was a really wonderful opportunity for me to enter some new sound worlds, exploring hip-hop beats and introspective, otherworldly synth lines. I'm really happy with the results and the transformation that takes place within the piece, and can't wait to see the whole thing come together on Saturday. 

More about Gates for Sojourn II from Sarah:

Gates for Sojourn II is an animated projection and sound piece that challenges some of the ways we interact and access the periphery within the centre of the city, encouraging viewers to reimagine the public gardens as a playground for our wildest fantasies, expressions, perversions, aggressions, deliberations and ruminations.

Gates for Sojourn II is an elaboration on a project that begun during my 3 month residency at the Gatekeeper's Lodge in Point Pleasant this spring. Point Pleasant Park lies on the peripheral of the city, providing deliverance from the city without having to go outside of the city. During my residency, I witnessed various ways people interacted and related to the park and formed a new relationship of my own. It struck me as something primal that draws people to the park, nature being a necessity in our wellbeing. It also struck me that the park provides quite limited accessibility with it's structure, rules and regulation and that people quite quickly conform to a certain way of being in the park. My project sets out to address and challenge these relationships, to break down boundaries and re imagine the gardens as a playground for our wildest fantasies, expressions, perversions, aggressions, deliberations and ruminations. The Public Gardens, unlike Point Pleasant Park is centrally located, but still providing a step away from the city landscape, a green space that provides head space, a periphery within the centre.