• Liz K Miller

Inspirational Artists & Writers

This diagram shows the artists and writers who are my current inspiration for the project.

My research draws from these artists and writers in multiple ways: the bringing together of people and forests, inspired by works such as Alan Sonfist’s Time Landscape; the ecologically conscious field recording techniques of sound artists such as Jana Winderen; the terminology given to environmental soundscapes by Bernie Krause; the attention on unique forest details of James Bulley and Daniel Jones’ Living Symphonies; the experiential data visualisation of Jorinde Voight’s drawing practice; and the combined impact of multi-sensory audio and visual outcomes in artworks such as Kathy Hinde’s Tipping Point.

I’m particularly influenced by Timothy Morton and Lispeth Lipari’s notions of attunement and interconnection with the non-human, Donna Haraway’s call for re-inventing the conditions for multispecies flourishing, and Salome Voegelin’s call for listening in order to understand and care for the fragile. I perceive a shared agenda in the writing of these theorists: one of reconnection and re-engagement with the organic Earth through the art and act of listening. Through the combination of these theories I am developing a theoretical framework for re-evaluating and questioning the relationship between humans and our non-human companion species, the trees. With the backdrop of climate and ecological breakdown of the Anthropocene, I intend to change my way of being and behaving in the forest environment, through the act of listening. The field recordings gathered during my listening will then feed into the creation of a collection of sylvan sounds which I will explore though sound visualisations.

Data visualisation has been criticised by Tess Takahashi, who describes the loss of subtle sensorial experience in this methodological process. Lipari also presents the issue of visual separation in comparison to audio connection. In response to the problems identified by these theorists I intend my sound visualisations to reframe, re-present and celebrate the sylvan sounds of the forest that go unheard and unnoticed, to develop a visual language that acts as a prompt for further conversation, a way marker for seeking greater understanding, awareness, and insight into the complex living systems of the forest. Through the combination of the multi-sensory audio-visual, I aim to explore the possibilities of reconnection with the forest environment, and on this journey create a renewed sense of place, belonging, care and response-ability for the forest landscape.

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