Chris A. Wright Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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I am a multidisciplinary artist, writer and researcher working nationally and internationally investigating, developing and promoting the practice and theory of fine art and philosophy, undertaking exhibitions, commissions, residencies and conference presentations as well as occasional workshops and teaching.

As part of my practice, I have sailed paper boats down the Mekong River to look past the ambiguity of borderlines; blown across a bottle top in a fjord in Norway to test the limits of sound; recorded 400,000 bees going into hives in Birmingham, used a neon pink aquarium amplified with a guitar amp to hear the inside of the bubbles and hummed in a crypt in Sardinia with an American researcher. My main research areas are borders and transitory spaces which is not limited to physical spaces and especially important is perception and human experience. These spaces are currently explored through the use of sound and light. I also use photography, film, installation, sculpture and Internet as media to investigate ideas that originate from my practice-led PhD (The Presence of Absence and Other States of Space).

Current practice and research concerns are both discrete and overlapping. Projects run concurrently and are extended. Briefly: 1. Sound and light. Looking at the intersection of sound (including silence) and/or light (including darkness), space and the human experience. These explorations include trying to build a silent space, record underwater/ground, create disembodied sound narratives using multiple speakers and light narratives using multiple projections. I am also gathering female stories of life-altering events that have most recently been exhibited in Sardinia. 2. Lay-by culture and marginal areas of the highway follows from my interest in borders and other transitional spaces. Lay-by culture includes catering outlets, retailing such as selling flowers or farm stalls, sexual activity such as dogging and the habitual use by lorry drivers for overnight parking. Cafes have been my main focus and the process has a performative element. 3. Field of ideas generated by found and collected objects and ideas but that contributes to major concerns accelerating knowledge in unexpected ways. These ‘objects and ideas’ can be dropped words, random ideas, discarded objects, strange sounds, snippets of conversation, light emitting from open door or an encounter. 4. Writing is a major part of my practice and Where One Thing Becomes Another (working title) which concentrates on the moment of crossing developed from my thesis. It incorporates ideas about time and transience. A book section about sound in the everyday is commissioned to be published early 2018. 5. Searching for a useful strategy for practice-led research and a methodology that has the potential to provide a less subjective means of evaluation and value to cross-platform research fields.

Artwork

Encountering/It is as it was, Sound installation, 2015/7

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Small Talk, Sound/video, 2014

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Passage for Bees, Video, 2015

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Drift, Video installation, 2017

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While the dogs lie sleeping, Sound installation. Staging, microphone, condoms, guitar amp, found aquarium with pebbles, weed and castle, water pump in small box, 2016

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Lock Garden, 2014 to 2016

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Estuary English, Drawing. Permanent marker, traces of charcoal, salt water, mud, 2016

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Palimpsestuous, Installation. Fractured acrylic sheets, oil paint, wood, table, vice, 2014

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Anywhere is Everywhere is a Circular Tale, Installation, 2014

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Ghost Office, Sound, 2017

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Untitled 2018, Coir mats, spray paint. , 2018

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Sur et Sous, Image, speakers, mobile phone, 2018

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Opcorn, video, 2018

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Tenuto, Performance, sound, 2018

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Urban Flows and Non-Flows, Sound, 2017

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Previous projects

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Urban Flows and Non Flows

20/09/2017 to 23/09/2017

This paper investigates the rhythms of social spaces of four cities. In order of visiting, these were Leicester, UK; Athens, Greece; Saskatoon, Canada and Cagliari. Its foundation is my current research the aim of which is to explore the discourse between sound, space/time and body. Questions include: ‘how do sound flows utilise, respond or...

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Il Ghetto Centro d'Arte e Cultura, Cagliari, Sardinia Details

Encountering/It is as it was

19/09/2017 to 24/09/2017

As the viewer enters the space, there are murmurs, sounds of the voices tumble out of speakers. The sounds become louder and more individually discernible. These are female stories gathered from around the time when the women were, or even are, at the cusp of adulthood or a time when an event significantly changed their life. Fragments of...

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Il Ghetto Centro d'Arte e Cultura, Cagliari, Sardinia Details

A Collective Intake of Breath

12/10/2017

A Collective Intake of Breath explores the moment, inherently and intricately linked to space and time. where silence becomes sound and sound becomes silence focusing on the act of humming both individually and collectively. It speculates that before humming, which includes the drawing of breath, active listening creates the response to the...

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Listening After Pauline Oliveros at University of Leeds, Leeds Details
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