A collaborative work by artists Magz Hall and Peter Coyte. Who are concerned with air and sea pollution across East Kent, unveiling the garden of England’s dirty secrets, via field and hydrophone recordings.
At Sonic Cartography: Soundscape, Simulation and Re-enactment Conference Oct 28th-30th
The work takes the listener to a woodland walk on the edge of Canterbury where nature is drowned out by the humming electric pylons which vibrate through the woods like killer bees. Dumped plastic strawberry pallets litter the fields under these imposing electric towers whose wires stretch over the woodland leading to a former fishing lake cleared by an ear-splitting diesel pump which deafens the air and dulls the senses and throat, sucking away the green stagnant water to divert it on to crops. Across the meadowland a silent threat floats in the air, hissing methane gas seeps out of pipes at Shelford landfill where commercial waste is harvested for power just a few hundred meters from homes. The AM flight transmissions of a major fight paths across Kent, from Europe to the capital, take us a few miles away to the coastal underwater waste pipe at Tankerton where sewage is regularly pumped into the sea by Southern Water.
The pair kick started this collaborative project at the Horsebridge Arts Centre as part of the satellite for Whitstable Bienalle in the summer and are exibiting the work at Sonic Cartography: Soundscape, Simulation and Re-enactment Conference Oct 28th-30th Kent University.