TIDF 2018 – Three Audio Docs (Y.Dauby, Y.Hsu, N.Brown)
This year 2018, one of the most important moment for my practice and research, was the participation to Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF). Several events and projects were developed through this collaboration, from live performance to commissioned documentaries to the curating of the exhibition KINO-EAR.
Among one of the request by TIDF programmer Fan Wu 吳凡, was a commission for a new audio documentary. One of the reason is that very few sound work created by Taiwanese artists has a documentary aspect, or more specifically use sound to build a narration related to documentary films. In other words, there is no radio documentary production in Taiwan.
I wasn’t very keen of having my own work taken as an example or a demonstration, and thought it was way more interesting to provide a few pieces realized by different authors on different topics. I invited then Yenting Hsu and Nigel Brown, with whom we form the sound collective Audiowallah. Our three sound creations were made in stereo, but playing them back in the cinema was possible only after going in the studio Seismic Sound Lab. Ltd (震・聲音 影音平台) runned by Chou Cheng for making an “extended” version in 5.1, turned into a DCP for multi-channel diffusion. Those creations were played at Spot – Huashan in a cinema theatre, not in a complete darkness (the audience feedback was that I should have dare), with a numerous and extremely attentive audience. This event was very interesting, very successfull for some audience, maybe surprising for some other (check the photo above during the Q&A !). Hope we’ll do that again !
Artist: 許雁婷 Yen-Ting Hsu
Title: 水上樂園 Waterland
Duration: 15 minutes
On this island, we’re all people living by the ocean, from the aspects of geography, food, economic, entertainment…..etc. The island is a giant waterland. We eat living beings from the ocean, we get gather and fall in love by the ocean. Our happiness sparkles by the ocean. But who’s wonderland has it been? Who’s wonderland will it be? Ocean is beautiful, its sounds are beautiful. Ocean in different places has various characters and appearances. This time we don’t have to say more about it. We only listen to the ocean, and the words people living with the ocean.
Artist : Nigel Brown 奈鳩 布朗
Title : 家庭工廠 Jiātíng Gōngchǎng
Duration : 12 minutes
Jiātíng Gōngchǎng listens to the small-scale home factories found in the back-alleys of Tainan City. Machinery that retains a connection to the human; its operator and its surroundings. Light industrial rhythms merge with the domestic sound of changing neighbourhoods.
Artist : Yannick Dauby 澎葉生
Title : Forests 山林
Duration : 19 minutes
Cutting trees. For building a temporary shelter, or making an industry of its wood. Lying on the forest floor. Having a rest, or being born, and dying there. Entering the mountain. Like a holy ritual, or just opening a road as a conqueror. Listening to the voices of animals living in the forests, and to the words of people who relate to the forests and the mountains.