(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 2018, I began a second aTE collaboration with UK-based artist, Andrew Howe. Based in Shrewsbury, he uses walking as inspiration for painting, drawing, photography, books and digital media, exploring how people interact with their environment, and how layers of historical activities in the landscape create the identity of places.
We’ve been getting to know each other’s work and processes since 2019 through MOSSES AND MARSHES — a project that has grown beyond our expectations.
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.