Warwick Arts Centre is one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK. It delivers a diverse programme of cinema, performing and visual arts at the heart of the University of Warwick campus.
In December 2013 I was recruited by Warwick to curate and produce a year-long digital programme. My brief was to investigate how such a strand would sit within the organisation’s overall artistic offer to audiences. My response was a focus on developing distinctive digital pieces to enliven the venue’s public social spaces with the aim of changing the audience’s relationship to, and perception of, these spaces.
I have long been fascinated by the diversity of sounds we encounter in our everyday lives, even if we aren’t always fully aware of them. Sonic Gorilla enabled me to work with artists who shared that same fascination.
I conceived, programmed and produced Sonic Gorilla, which came to fruition in May 2014. It was a series of works that responded to the environment and brought unexpected sound to unexpected places within the Arts Centre and across the University of Warwick campus including three new commissions and the presentation of two international works.