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www.simonwhetham.co.uk

Statement

For almost a decade Simon Whetham has developed a practice of working with sound recordings as a raw material for composition and performance. These are often environmental sounds he has captured employing a variety of methods and techniques, in order to obtain discreet or obscured sonic phenomena. More recently, when presenting work in a performance or installation, for him the space and the objects within become instruments to be played.

Simon has a large number of works published through many specialist organisations, including Helen Scarsdale Agency, Crónica, Line, Dragon’s Eye, Monochrome Vision and Entr’acte; has performed extensively internationally; collaborated with artists from musicians to performance artists, painters to video artists, dancers to poets; has run listening and field recording workshops in UK, Estonia, Colombia, Chile, Australia and South Korea; and received a large number of commissions and awards for projects and installations – notably for his own project ‘Active Crossover’.

Supported Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation, the project comprises sound installation, performance, collaboration and workshops. ‘Active Crossover’ has toured six cities in the UK, and also been hosted in Estonia, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Australia, Germany and Norway, and returns to Estonia in 2015 as a two-month collaborative residency, with invited artists joining him from UK and Estonia, Latvia, Korea, Australia, USA, Austria, Finland, Norway and Chile.

As a further development of Simon’s practice, he gives workshops sessions for groups of children and young people. This began with the participation in the arts education project RED Artes Visuales de Medellín in Colombia, where he ran workshop sessions for 7 groups of children aged between 8 and 18 years old, each week for 10 weeks, exploring listening exercises, recording techniques, microphone construction, public interventions and instrument and kinetic sculpture building. This has led to workshops with children in Norway, Australia and Korea and with unaccompanied minors in a refugee camp in Munich, Germany.

Selected Exhibitions

2015

‘Sonic Activity: Prague’ Sound installation featuring recordings from workshop sessions. Galerie Skolska 28, Prague, Czech Republic

2014

‘Found Sound Materials’ Installation – ‘Creative Tomorrow’, City Hall, Seoul, S. Korea

2013

‘Muua Lab/C3P’ Residential laboratory project open to the public in a gallery space, University Museum, UdeA, Medellin, Colombia

2012

‘Active Crossover: Seedpod’ Installation – Punctum/ICU, Castlemaine, Australia (curator)

‘La Casa Está En Su Propío Parque’ Residency group exhibition at Plazarte, Medellin, Colombia

2011

‘Active Crossover 2011’ Touring sound exhibition funded by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation. Host Galleries: South Hill Park, Bracknell; Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool; Millspace, Leeds; Soundfjord, London, UK (curator)

‘Re/Flux – Sublimated Landscape’ Group exhibition curated by Soundfjord, ICA, London, UK

2010

‘Active Crossover II’ Installation – Grey Area, Brighton, UK (curator)

2009

‘Active Crossover’ Installation – Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (curator)

Lightyears’ Installation to accompany paintings by Kathryn Thomas, Paintworks, Bristol, UK

Selected Discography

‘Elephant in the Salon’ w/Christine Schörkhuber Twice Removed Records 2015

‘From the Mouths of Clay’ Helen Scarsdale Agency 2014

‘Hydrostatic’ Aufabwegen 2013

‘El Parque Esta Situado En Su Propia Casa’ Line Editions 2013

‘Never So Alone’ Crónica Electronica 2013

Selected Projects

2015

Active Crossover: Mooste, MoKS, Mooste, Estonia

Curator and co-organiser of 2-month collaborative residency, hosting invited artists from UK, Estonia, Latvia, Austria, Sweden, USA, Australia, Finland, South Korea, Greece and Chile. Project is supported by Artist International Development Grant from Arts Council England and British Council and MoKS.

2014

Artist Residency TEMI, Daejeon, South Korea

From September through November Simon was one of six resident artists at Artist Residence TEMI. During the three month period he gave workshops in listening, recording, microphone construction and performance at Seoul Art Space Mullae in Seoul, the Children’s Museum at The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, Artist Residency TEMI in Daejeon and Arko Artist House in Seoul.

As selected artist to represent TEMI at the Seoul Art Foundation Residency Festival in November, he was invited to both exhibit the work in the Citizen’s Hall of Seoul City Hall and perform a site-specific concert in the Basrak Hall theatre space.

A World of Hidden Sounds’ for Punctum Inc., Castlemaine, Australia

Through June and July Simon collaborated with Eamon Sprod (aka Tarab) and the students and teachers of Castlemaine Primary School to run an arts education project as part of Punctum Inc.’s ‘Seedpod Amplified’ series of residential community-based performance projects.

‘Active Crossover: Feldafing’ – Residency projects for Villa Waldberta, Feldafing, Germany

Residency supported by Villa Walberta and Signalraum. Collaborations with personally invited artists, workshop sessions and recording workshop in Bayern Kaserne refugee camp in Munich for unaccompanied minors.

2013

‘El Mundo de los Sonidos Ocultos’ – RED de Artes Visuales project for Casa Tres Patios and La Alcaldía, Medellín, Colombia

Arts education project over 10 weeks, teaching children of 8-18 years active listening, sound exploration and simple microphone and instrument building.

‘MUUA Lab/C3P/Active Crossover’ – Laboratory project for Casa Tres Patios and La Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

Simon was the first artist to participate in the MUUA Lab project. A gallery hall of the university museum was provided as a laboratory space for development of new work for 3 months, where the public could visit at any time to view the progress of the project.

2012

Time Release’ – site specific performance for the Municipal Art Museum, Toyota City, Japan

As part of the exhibition ‘Carpe Diem’ Simon collaborated with Lethe (Kiyoharu Kuwayama) to produce a site specific audio/visual piece which was presented in the museum’s auditorium space.

Active Crossover: Castlemaine’ – Residency with Punctum Inc., Castlemaine, Australia

Participating in the Seedpod Residency at Punctum Inc. through May 2012, Simon worked with 3 local artists exploring sound phenomena at the ICU art space with a workshop, installation and collaborative performance.

2011

‘Active Crossover 2011’ – Touring exhibition and performance events, various locations, UK

Curation and installation of touring sound exhibition funded by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation. Host Galleries: South Hill Park, Bracknell; Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool; Millspace, Armley, Leeds; Soundfjord, London; Phoenix, Brighton and Arnolfini, Bristol.

2010

‘Mic.Madeira’ – Collaborative A/V performance, Madeiradig 2010, Madeira Island, Portugal

Composition of site specific 4 channel audio work for performance in collaboration with portuguese visual artist Hugo Olim. The piece was subsequently recomposed and released on DVD through Portuguese record label Crónica Electronica, with financial support from APCA of Madeira.