with Dr Felicity Ford
Wednesday, May 30th
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu
Dr Felicity Ford celebrates the creative sonic
potentials hidden in the everyday through a playful focus on sounds and
listening, drawing attention to the background noises of ordinary life
and elevating and frameworking them through a wide range of imaginative
approaches. Felicity is especially interested in domestic spaces and
materials as sites of meaning and artistic creativity. She likes to make
soundwork about washing up, clothes, food, housework, and knitting.
Recent commissions include a soundtrack for a 1934 maternity healthcare
film held in the collections of the British Film Institute and the
Wellcome Library - Bathing & Dressing; a project for the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture exploring wallpaper in sound - Sonic Wallpaper; and a hand-knitted sound-system, designed for playing back recordings of sheep farms and shepherds - Hûrd – A KNITSONIK™ PRODUKTION- commissioned by Rheged and the British Wool Marketing Board.
In recent years, Ford has become increasingly fascinated with the
relationships between sounds and everyday textiles. All projects
conducted in this realm are part of the KNITSONIK group of projects; the
KNIT component is always focused on the technical and physical aspects
of textiles, while the SONIK component is always focused on the
particularities of various geographies, and on sound's unique ability to
capture a sense of place and materiality.
Currently, Ford is on a residency at MoKS, where she is exploring the
idea of a wool-based cultural exchange between the UK and Estonia. She has traveled to Mooste bearing sounds and artefacts from the British
Woollen industry, and is interested in sharing and exchanging these
articles for sounds and artefacts from the Estonian Wool
industry. Within this mission is a broader question about the meaning of
our clothes, the subtexts of our outfits, and the links between the
landscapes where we live and work and the clothes which we wear therein.
the focus will be on documenting and celebrating our outfits, and
finding links between the clothes that we wear and the sonic textures in
the world to which they refer. We will work together to inventory and
celebrate each others' outfits; discuss the sounds associated with their
making and wearing; and reflect on the texts we create every day when
we get dressed. Recording equipment will be used throughout, and
participants will have a chance to capture sounds in various ways,
co-creating an instant and ephemeral Clothes Museum. Drawing inspiration
from the astounding display of historic costumes shown at the Museum
itself, The Instant Clothes Museum will
culminate in a gift-giving session, in which participants will choose a
badge to compliment their outfit or emphasize some aspect of their
clothing which has arisen during our discussions.
Dr Felicity Ford's activities in Estonia are supported by The British Council, The Estonian Ministry of Culture and The Estonian Cultural Endowment.
helikoosolek:tartu is a regular gathering for
the exploration of sound in all forms. The meetings comprise
presentations, concerts, workshops, discussions, and field trips
pertaining to sound and its consideration in art, music, architecture,
ecology, philosophy, social and cultural interaction, and any other
context that presents itself. Participants are encouraged to propose
activities or discussions on topics of their interest, or to present
projects of their own for feedback. Sessions take place on the last
Wednesday of each month, from 6-8pm at the Eesti Rahva Muuseum.
helikoosolek:tartu is organised by MoKS and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum.