'The Grey Area' Music box. Part of 'Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing' project
Created by all participants online and in Leicester Organised, film, edit, sound by Leila Houston
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If the governments job is to protect and provide, which of these headings need their urgent attention?
People were asked to pick up to three (or more) headings. Those that took part, were openly invited on social media & at Interact Digital Arts exhibition, LCB Depot, Leicester, U.K
1. Welfare 2. Education 3. Racism 4. Food banks 5. Green polices 6. Mental health & Sleep 7. Time to think8. NHS Future 9. Housing 10. Community 11.Employment 12. Tax Haven All selections were transferred on to a music sheet. (see end of video for the lay out)
Film and Animation
what is the shape of things ?
so- im thinking about this installation and considering the shape of the maslows diagram......and what i want to stick with and leave out - what is relevant and what is not
why a hierarchy? it isnt a symbol of unity but it is of individualism....or is it ?
From the dictionary - a system in which members of an organization or society are ranked according to relative status or authority.
"the initiative was with those lower down in the hierarchy"
Similar: pecking order, ranking grading, ladder, social order, social stratum, social scale, class system
more thoughts -
- a peak of heaven and a floor of hell ?
a purpose or a struggle never to quite reach an un known void . a grounding base.
but what if it was on its side as a symbol to move forward - eyes face forward and what about that other space we dont see can that be a mirror image
- what if the circumference or volume was a mirror of sorts
ancient pyramid a symbol of strength, long lasting, survival, of being long lasting
why 3 equal sides ?
judgement is also connected to this in many ways
the shape of the scales (a triangle) and ones judgements we have on each other with too much or too little- whilst the chart is a nice chart and healthy for ones own idea to check where they are at is the triangle the right shape - its good to look at it all ways to continue with my own design for the installation . i personally like the idea of the void and keep thinking about anish kappor work and infinity.
Photographs by Leila Houston
Loved this visit to the museum- i highly recommend people visit.
''The Musical Museum tells the changing story of how people have captured and listened to music over the last four centuries. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in our concert hall, the collection includes an impressive array of instruments and inventions, including reproducing pianos, orchestrions, self-playing violins, pipe organs, gramophones & synthesizers. Find out how music was recorded and reproduced, see and hear them in action.'' (website)
i went there for music boxes and i got more from the visit than i ever thought imaginable. Loved the talk and demos. Loved seeing the detail and the makings of these machines in person. Especially loved the performance with the Wurlitzer by Chris Barber. Seeing this and hearing the talk/s i couldnt help thinking how my interactive (digital), immersive works relate to the magical, immersive experiences these instruments create.
Lots more to think about and write about at a later stage.
Im looking at building a physical music box inspired by old and new creations and designs as well as conversations.
The project is called 'Encrypted sounds of wellbeing'' kindly supported by Arts council England.
productive day -a great meeting with the amazing r10! who will be COMMISSIONED to forsee/ make happen sound tech for my current arts council funded project. 'Encrypted sounds of well being' . Also had a delivery - podium arrived for the human size music
notes and scribbles from meeting with r10
flat packed and ready to be transformed - podium
internally and externally
installation and the spectacle
- what is self actualisation and how does that relate
art practise/ thoughts/ creative processes
( questions questions questions)
and how do we arrange our prioritys and give due regard to the different and conflicting claims we have on our attention ?
Reasearch into Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs- found a lovly, simply put video on school of life.
This research will be fed in to workshops with groupd across Leicester and the completion of a walk through music box.
Diane Simpson: Sculpture, Drawing, Prints 1976–2014
Light the night. Nottingham, 2020
I saw this work at Venice Biannual 2019.
This Arts Council project will lead to the creation of an ambitious new artwork exploring Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and people’s experience of wellbeing today. The artwork will take the form of an interactive artwork containing sound and will be part displayed at Attenborough Art Centre during Mental Health Week 18th-24th May and Fearon Hall 8th - 14th June 2020. During the course of 6 months there will active research using materials, projection mapping, digital tech, sculpting and work using text and music boxes, workshops followed by 2 exhibtions.
This project is ground work in continuing my practise as a full time Artist and taking experience from many other projects considering past installations, concepts, research and how to involve others to make a fully insightful work around welbeing .
Inviting people to add something that relates to their own realities and questions. Working from a place that needs authenticity in a world that is so fragile.
James Chantry Tim Sayers Lydia Towsey Melissa Fletcher Elizabeth Jane Dyer
My studio practise has been taking place over the last two months - gathering ideas and designs for my structures, concepts and careful planning within my budget. I am about to purchase a scafolding podium as my base for building out from. But im looking at my budget before purchase as i want to hire other equipment and the designs in the sound experiance im not final on. It will get there.
Colaberations will develop the work futher with other artists i will be speaking to this month and i working with 4 local community groups in Leicester offering workshops and their own insite and visiting at Attenborough Arts Centre ''Art space'' with Tim Sayers , the Peepul Centre ''Lalu'' with Lydia Towsey and Two groups from Charnwood Arts ''Open Media'' and Arts Programme with James Chantry.
This is my 4th arts council project and 7 year working with a team from Silver Vine Arts/ Summer Art Trail. i am still working with the brilliant reliable and talented Melissa Fletcher - who is assisting with my web design, budget support and general one to one support major decions .
James Chantry i have worked with also for many years - exhibting together at Queen of Bragate Points of Departure (2016) and running workshops around Leicstershire. There are many cross overs with our work and practise. Earlie March we are on a work trip for his PHD- filming and recording in Knorfok in The Fens, a place we both know as children and feel we can discuss and explore the same thinking there. We will also be dropping in on the Music Box museum for future projects.
James Chantry, Silver Vine Arts at LCB Depot- Crass Event (2016)
'Post Cards from Europe' (pre- referendum)
INTERACT'19 DIGITAL OPEN
WEDNESDAY 4TH - FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2019
@ LCB DEPOT, LEICESTER9AM -5.30pm Monday - Friday (closing event on last Friday)
31 Rutland Street, Leicester, United Kingdom
Leila Houston, The Grey Area
Over the last 18 months Leila Houston has been researching the music box and automata and looking at how the ‘chimes’ can be related back to a time when people would call out the time of day to farmers far and wide in a field, dictated by a sundial or water timer. She has incorporated influences from both newer technologies and the older technologies they descend from. Leila uses analogue, digital, traditional art forms and participation to create the work.
In the installation The Grey Area will ask the audience to select options relating to one or more of their concerns about the current political system and their own well being. Data will be collected from their selections through touch. Following the election on the 12th the data will be translated into a sound piece and a further artwork shown in the final week of the Interact 19 exhibition.
The project aims to be a socially engaged platform for many voices, a re-establishment of compassion. Having been brought up in a community centre in the 80s and learning the importance of centres and the need to build solidarity within them, Leila regularly invites the public to feed in to the development of the work and possibly find a way to break down today’s dehumanized experiences.
"The music box and the sound of the music box is something that takes people into a trance-like state - lost in a forgotten memory perhaps, maybe reverting to a child in an area of their mind and yet I also wonder about that place we go to when we create, somewhere between play and uncertainty, excitement, dissolution and enhancement."
Leila regularly collaborates with other artists and musicians to help form her ideas, The Grey Area has had recordings made by Leila and audio samples provided by musician Daniel Proud (Dee.P) who will also be creating the music score using the data collected showing in the final week of the show. James Chantry regularly collaborates with Leila and they run workshops for all ages in digital technologies mixed with traditional techniques. James has helped support this project through tech support.
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Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.