Arts Territory Exchange (ATE) pairs artists from across the world, allowing them to explore ideas around personal territories and topographies through long-distance collaborative correspondence. They also host events, realising collaborations through exhibitions, lectures, and publications.
In September 2017, I was paired with artist Didi Hock, from Hamburg, Germany. After months of correspondence, we created our first collaborative work, a meditative soundscape, for a group exhibition at Charles Sturt University Dubbo Campus, NSW Australia (February – March 2018).
Fictional Territories #01 is a mix of sound sketches from our “home grounds” into a sonorous piece of fiction. The result is a territory that can’t be defined, but a definition of territory as an area of creativity, with territory emerging in the active experience of listening. There are no lines on a map, no coordinates, no visual cues, just vibrations and hints of what might be as you shut your eyes and listen with all your senses; wavering between what you know, what you believe, and what you wish to see.
The soundscape is accompanied by a ‘user manual’, providing suggestions on how to experience the work.