Kathy Hinde’s interactive sound map Echo Location, commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts has been specifically created for Bedford and has been developed over a series of workshops throughout the year.
In November this year people were invited to come on ‘Walkshops ‘with Kathy and assistant artist Aaron Head, using their everyday smart phone or the digital sound recorders from BCA to record a moment in time from around the town.
Out of the five walkshops, two were open to the public while the other three we worked Addaction http://www.addaction.org.uk/ , Beds Garden Carers http://www.bedsgardencarers.org.uk/ , and home education group PLACE http://www.place-project.org/
The map creates a living legacy of Bedford in 2011 which will be brought to life through a public performance from Kathy that took place on December the 10th at The Pad Nightclub http://thepadbedford.com/.
Each three-hour walk involved a gentle stroll around the town in the pursuit of the art of noise. As Kathy says, “Even noise can become interesting and beautiful.” Simple, fun, exciting and unexpected – the Echo Location map brings together the familiar and not so familiar noises through social media.
Kathy Hinde is an Internationally renowned multimedia artist who has recently collaborated with Will Gregory (one half of the chart-topping duo, Goldfrapp) at London’s South Bank. Her work has been featured across Europe, South America and South East Asia and sound plays an important part of her work. In fact, it’s Bedford’s cultural diversity and bustling weekend activity that gave her no hesitation in accepting our invitation to premiere Echo Location in the town. Chief Executive, Bedford Creative Arts, Dawn Giles explains how this project works in line with our artistic policy, “Echo Location is part of Bedford Creative Arts’ new programme of contemporary art projects that focuses on creating imaginative artwork with local people. We specialise in ‘commissioning with communities’ and appoint nationally recognised artists who specialise in the field. Echo-Location epitomises our approach by inviting Bedfordians to work directly with an artist to make art collaboratively.”