Audio piece produced in collaboration with Michelle Irving of underwater recording of minimal sounds. Zone was part of a gallery installation with Whitescape, a series of white photographs of the temporary surfaces of snow and ice covered lakes and Underscape, a projection documenting the unfamiliar underside of the ice.
Text from exhibition catalogue: Out of Place / Non lieu
by curator Melissa Bennett:
An audio piece transmitted through headphones in the gallery enhances the feeling of being immersed in an underwater world. For the creation of this work Beaudry collaborated with Michelle Irving, a Toronto-based media artist and composer. Irving built different types of waterproof microphones in order to experiment with underwater recording, and together the artists dropped the microphones into water through ice fishing holes. The resulting piece includes minimal, echoey noises. A listener might expect to hear something concrete – a sound piece usually contains discrete audible information – this work, however, consists of silent sections and unrecognizable noises. It has been edited and manipulated so that some parts are slowed down or altered from the original recording. The artists intend to psychologically transport listeners while they hear the piece. Like the Whitescape photographs, the audio describes a place that is in constant flux.