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Barbara Ellison

Forest Phantoms

Sunday 12 September

Timeslot 1: 12.00-13.00
Timeslot 2: 14.00-15.00

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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’ is made exclusively with original environmental recordings done in the Haagse Bos, Den Haag. This composition was created and conceived to be listened to at a chosen location in The Haagse Bos. Listeners will first gather at the google maps location point and will then be led to the listening location for the piece and headphones and players will be provided.