Glaswegian-turned-Berliner and Artist and Turner Prize winner, Susan Philipsz, will be bringing her world-renowned work to the North East with her latest installation, ‘A Single Voice’.
For those unaware of her work, Philipsz’s preferred method of creation is sound. She records herself singing A capella pieces designed to enhance the emotional resonance of any given space.
Her soundscapes have been played under a bridge in Glasgow, a park in San Antonio, a Tesco and even a bus station.
She also uses previously composed pieces of music as well as her own compositions. For example, in her work ‘Sunset Song’ Philipsz sings both the male and female parts of an American folk ballad called ‘Banks of the Ohio’. And I can safely say her voice has the power to take your mind somewhere quite unfamiliar, despite being untrained.
Her award-winning piece was known as ‘Lowlands’ – a piece which brought her sound sculpture back home to Glasgow where it played at three bridges: the George Bridge, the Caledoion Railway Bridge and Glashow Bridge. It was commissioned by the Glasgow International Festival and ultimately made her a winner of the Turner prize.
There are, of course, those who would prefer to experience art that is more traditional and expected of an art gallery, but I would encourage you to at least go and hear this art and appreciate it for what it is: a person’s attempt at using sound to change your way of thinking and hopefully broaden your mind to new experiences and thoughts.
‘A Single Voice’ will be on display at Gallery 4 at BALTIC, Gateshead between Friday 20th October 2017 and Sunday 4th March 2018. For further information about ‘A Single Voice’, or to find out more about the range of exhibitions at BALTIC, head to balticmill.com.