Bellamy, Mary and Beall, T. (2006) Light Blind. [Composition] (Submitted)

Details: Light Blind was commissioned by the Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, and produced in collaboration
with Glasgow-based video artist T.S. Beall. This work was primarily realised during a two-week residency programme funded by
an Arts Council of England Grant for Individuals at Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery. Portfolio: Press release of Light Blind. Untitled
Horses, commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, produced in collaboration with artist T.S. Beall, funded by the Arts
Council of England, 2006, on CD-R and DVD with programme.

Context: The work consists of video sequences projected on to
two screens suspended in the centre of the gallery space, with amplified sound played through four speakers placed in relation
to the four corners of the screens. The spatialisation of sound through the use of multi-channel audio and speaker placement in
relation to the movement of the image across the multi-screen setup is the main focus of the work. The research questions
addressed in the work are: How can new music be placed in contexts other than that of the concert hall? How is its reception
different when it is placed in these new contexts? Is the act of composition different when composing for a space other than that
of the concert hall? As well as these aesthetic questions, practical research into the means of synchronising multiple channels
of video and audio was needed. The latter was achieved through customised presentation equipment and the use of Free Open
Source Software (FOSS) to run the video and audio in precise synchronisation. Since developing this system, a subsequent
work (Untitled Horses), with larger numbers of video and audio channels, has been created. This work is also a further
development of research into the creative process fostered between artists developing work in close collaboration.

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