Field Station: HERE

A sonic field trip and a self-assembling exhibition of place

Entwined exhibition for VARC. High Green, Northumberland. September 2021

Field Station:HERE invited participants to see and feel beyond their surroundings into the ‘lifeworld’ of social, cultural and temporal networks and hybrid ecologies that each of us are at the centre of and to reflect on the soft webs of interconnection that hold us all ‘in place’. Where and what is ‘here’ and how much of it do we bring with us when we arrive?

Above: Images from the exhibition process. On arrival, participants downloaded an app on their phones. Using GPS to locate their movements, the app then triggered a sound ‘essay’ when they walked into a delineated zone. This was delivered through headphones. Each participant took a haversack with them which contained a set of instruments with which to explore ‘here’. Participants were asked to collect and bring back a ‘specimen’ to label and exhibit.

Field Station:HERE flier

Categories: 2021, Community Engagement, Environmental, Exhibition, Participatory, Process, Site Specific, Sound, Strategy

Jo Hodges

Jo Hodges is a multidisciplinary public artist based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Jo [www.johodges.co.uk] has a background in Human Ecology, community development and social justice.

Her work investigates ecological and socio-cultural systems, processes and relationships, and explores new strategies for working in public. Her practice takes many forms; temporary and permanent works, site specific installations and socially engaged projects and processes. She is often led by context, where the outcome is determined as a result of process.

She is interested in research, experimentation and collaboration at the intersection of environment, culture and technology and exploring the role of art in social change. She is joint Director-Curator of Sanctuary Lab, a public art laboratory in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.