As modern transport and communication continue to erode our sense of the in-between, how does this eventually affect our world-view? Revisiting the themes from our 2015 residency collaboration which led to the making of ‘Eclipses’, Dawn Scarfe and I decided to look at the ways Exeter’s city dwellers relate to the surrounding countryside, exploring the frictions between the idea of the horizon as a distant dream and a journey experienced. It all panned out as a three stage project.
On May the 7th, guided by mytho-geographer Phil Smith, a group of walkers ventured from the centre towards a lone beech tree that is visible from throughout the city. I made a sound recording of the whole walk and the various intriguing conversations that happened on the way.
A week later a fun loving crowd remotely directed a series of movements on Exeter’s horizon, observed from a specially built viewing station we had set up by the monument in Northernhay Gardens. Up on the hill a group of people moved a large disc across the horizon in blustering winds, and a ‘little moon’ performed its movements in relation to it.
The following night, Dawn opened an acoustic window to this tree, sending a live audio stream of stormy weather and animal voices through the airwaves. Broadcast over the course of 12 hours online and on phonic fm, this hypnotic stream was interspersed with the conversations and musings from our guided walk.
Artists Scarfe and Müller interviewed on phonic fm and a short video of the activities: