Embodied Listening
Sound walk piece and accompanying events, 2021-2023
Voice-over lines, singing & delivery of events: Annie Goliath
Spoken voice-over lines of Anna Woods: Beth Organ
Recording of Environmental Sounds & Composer: Black Astronaut
I started to develop the sound walk during the summer and autumn (2021 – 2022) by first exploring the landscape as I moved my body along the path of the Tree Walk in Alexandra Park: breathing in the atmosphere and observing the trees within the landscape. I then began collaborating with the composer and multi-instrumentalist Black Astronaut. Once I selected the specific seven trees for the sound walk, we applied a form of ‘entangled listening’ to plants through recording the inner sounds of seven trees using specialist microphones. I researched the forgotten histories of each tree, excluded in colonial botany’s renaming and categorisation of these plants in Victorian times. Through the semi-autobiographical voice-over of Anna Woods, I resurrected these forgotten histories and the associated indigenous ecological practices. The voice-over was also developed through an engagement with critical plant studies in an attempt to convey the vast complexity, agency and intelligence of plants.
During the two accompanying sound walk events (that worked in partnership with the local arts organisation Arts on Prescription), 
I developed the interactive elements of the sound walk, to enable the participants to have a more reflective and embodied engagement with the more-than-human world. The reflective activities at the end incorporated co-creating mixed media Tree of Life collages and reflective writing. This project received the CHASE Climate Justice Network Small Grants award, and will soon be published as part of the CHASE Climate Change podcast: https://chaseclimatejustice.network/small-grants/ 
Immersion Series, 2022 - ongoing 
Mixed media on canvas, 42 x 29 cm x 4 Trees of Life
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