Alastair Duncan – Sound Artist

Project Proposal – Developing Art and Audio Interactivity

Alastair Duncan has set-up a fundraising page for his new project which involves collaborating with disabled artists to produce new audio interactive artworks for an exhibition.

To donate and for more details the link to the project page is: 

https://alastair-duncan.com/art-and-audio-interactivity

Even a small amount can go a long way to helping Alastair make this project idea a reality. 

Thank you.

Background to the project:

During the past three years I have been developing the integration of audio to my tapestry weaving. In 2018 I received an Arts Council of Wales Research and Development grant as well as an award from the Theo Moorman Charitable Trust towards the development of my work in this area.

I was invited to exhibit a large interactive woven tapestry with the British Tapestry Group exhibition “Sound and Weave” which toured to Scotland, England and Wales and following this I have been invited to show this tapestry and other new work in group exhibitions in Northern England, Nottingham and London. I have also been invited to give a solo exhibition in Sunbury-on-Thames, London in the Summer of 2020 (26th July – 2nd August).

An important aspect of the inclusion of audio in my work is that the means of activating it should encourage the audience to interact with it and that, to a degree, this should allow an element of creativity. The challenge is to find suitable means of prompting interaction with art work that normally forbids the audience to touch it.

A section of the audience for my exhibition in Sunbury-on-Thames will be people with a wide range of disabilities, including visual impairment. This is not necessarily relevant but it is important to me that the potential techniques, design and structures of my work that uses audio interactivity, make it accessible to everyone. This includes the audio content as well as the practical integration with the work.

Artists registered with Disability Arts Cymru are keen to work with me on this project and a programme of workshops and consultative/collaborative sessions is being arranged.

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