Sound and ecology
Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals and habitats from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist Watson specialises creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place.
His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist for the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012).
Watson has recorded and featured in many BBC Radio 4 and World Service productions including ‘The Wire’ which won him the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Broadcaster of The Year Award (2012). His music is regularly featured on the BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Late Junction’. He has also worked extensively for RTE Radio 1 on series such as ‘Sound Stories’
In 2013 Watson received a Paul Hamlyn Composers Award.
His installations have been commissioned by international galleries and festivals such as Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Opera North in Leeds, The National Gallery, London, The Louvre, Paris, the Aichi Triennial in Japan and Unsound in Kraków.
Nuno da Luz
Nuno da Luz (Lisbon, 1984) is a sound artist and publisher whose work circumscribes both aural and visual in the form of performances, installations and printed matter. His work undulates from noise-making and sonic explorations of place to book-making through the small press ATLAS Projectos (run together with Gonçalo Sena). In 2015, he completed the Master Program of Experimentation in Arts and Politics created by Bruno Latour at Sciences Po, Paris, and founded COYOTE – a cross-cutting collective working in print, lectures and experimental forms (in collaboration with Tristan Bera, Elida Høeg, Clémence Seurat and Ana Vaz). Since 2014, he has performed live with Assisted Resonance in several venues, more recently at Appleton [Box] (Lisbon), Matadero (Madrid), CentroCentro (Madrid), Centro Botín (Santander), and Galeria Zé dos Bois (Lisbon), to name a few, whereby each space's resonance and surrounding ambience is mixed together with live instrumentation. Recent projects include solo shows Transverberation (Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, 2019), and Poetry as an echological survival (Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, and Escola das Artes UCP, Porto, both 2019); the artist book environments (Lisbon/Berlin: ATLAS Projectos, 2019), and a double LP Beasts of Gravity, in collaboration with Joana Escoval (London: The Vinyl Factory, 2019).
Margarida Mendes's research explores the overlap between cybernetics, ecology and experimental film, investigating the dynamic transformations of the environment and its impact on societal structures and cultural production. She is interested in exploring alternative modes of education and political resilience through her collaborative practice, programming, and activism. She curates across the world and was part of the curatorial team of the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (2018), and 11th Liverpool Biennial (2021). Mendes is consultant for environmental NGOs working on deep sea mining and has directed several educational platforms, such as escuelita at CA2M, The Barber Shop, and The World In Which We Occur/Matter in Flux. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London and is a frequent collaborator of the online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting Inhabitants.
Nuno da Luz
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