‘Sonic Warfare/Collateral Damage’, 2018 Audio installation, 7’ 17”
15 x 30 cm (Audio station)
Amy Corcoran is in the final stages of her PhD research, based at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI),
Queen Mary, University of London. Her doctoral research investigated the use of public art interventions, as
facets of civil society action that support migrant-led and migrant solidarity movements, within the current EU
context. Her current interests particularly focus on understanding how creative practices can communicate
issues of environmental importance and in relation to climate change. Amy has published work in both academic, independent and media publications, primarily centring on the policing of protest and her experiences and reflections on the unfolding situation in Calais, France. The majority of Amy's own art practice is politically and environmentally motivated, though its medium is varied and includes performance, installation and illustration. She was a core artist and organiser for Art the Arms Fair, which used art to counter the arms trade. Amy's recent projects have been presented internationally and at Tate Modern.
About the work:
Navy activity, including during training exercises, is known to cause cetacean species to strand en masse, and yet these harmful military practices continue without widespread knowledge. Sonic Warfare/Collateral Damage plunges audiences into the cetaceans' world and positions them etween routine military training exercises and their real-life effects. The disorienting and often uncomfortable audio installation is designed to stimulate affective responses in audiences as a way of connecting them to the realities of these practices. Originally conceived as an audio installation with added visuals (video on the link provided), in 2019, Sonic Warfare/Collateral Damage was reconfigured as an audio-only installation. Delivered through headphones at listening stations, the piece becomes an intimate encounter between the listener and the whale and dolphin species struggling to survive in British waters.
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