Walls On Walls
Walls On Walls is an audio visual collaboration created by Laurie Nouchka and Tullis Rennie.
We create participative audio-visual installations.
These are site-specific works of art on walls, responding to a location with a visual design and composed sound piece. Each installation is conceived, created and authored by local participants, facilitated by the artists.
Through exploratory visual and sound arts practice, our community-engaged projects encourage participants to be inspired by their surroundings. Architectural and social heritage inform the works of art, which equally reflect the current local built environment and the people that inhabit it.
Walls On Walls encourages everyone to look, listen and absorb their surroundings with fresh eyes and ears.
How we work
We lead an artistic exploration of old and new spaces through which participants identify key areas that have sonic and visual ‘resonance’ for them. This might be parts of the architecture, local history that has distinct design features or site-specific sounds.
The final artwork combines the outcomes of these explorations, creating a collaborative audio-visual work of art. This is painted directly onto a designated wall with the sound composition heard in parallel via headphones (with a designated URL link on the artwork). The work is also accessible and archived online.
Participants use photography, sound recording, drawing, audio and visual software editing, collage and other creative approaches to explore the site and develop the work. An assemblage of images will become a graphic score for a new composition: interspersing found images, patterns, sounds and voices with interpreted vocals and visual gestures. The work reflects the relationship between the old and the new.
We want participants to consider how exploratory artistic methods can be applied in their homes and other environments. They will learn skills and approaches to experiencing architecture through audio and visual means, enabling individuals of all ages to look, listen and respond to the spaces we inhabit in new and innovative ways. We hope this informs independent ideas about architecture, design, heritage and the future of our built environment. We aim to:
- Create a relevant, engaging and aesthetically pleasing work of art
- Raise awareness about local heritage amongst the immediate community whilst celebrating contemporary change
- Encourage the development of community cohesion
- Increase collective pride for these spaces
- Engage residents and local community groups in the study of art, aesthetics and architecture
- Stimulate awareness of local oral histories from locals and increase shared understanding of communal spaces
- Encourage and support physical and cultural activity within an area