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Barbara Ellison

Forest Phantoms

Sunday 12 September

The work of composer and audiovisual artist Barbara Ellison explores states of auditory and visual ambiguity. Across a wide variety of mediums, including performance, installation, animation and sound recordings, The Hague-based artist exploits the phenomenon of pareidolia (seeing patterns in a random stimulus). With a PhD from the University of Huddersfield researching ‘Sonic Phantoms’, Ellison has developed a practice exposing and fabricating phantoms from a rich array of sources, from ‘Drawing Phantoms’ with amplified objects to creating ‘Natural Phantoms’ from field expeditions to diverse environments such as the Arctic, the Himalayas and the Amazonian rainforest.

At the Rewire 2021 offline edition, Barbara Ellison presents ‘Forest Phantoms’, a composition of tree ‘songs’ made with binaural microphones, contact mics and hydrophones, revealing the hidden ‘music’ of the forest. ‘Forest Phantoms’ will be presented on location in Haagse Bos via a series of guided listening sessions.