2013-14 Landscape Quartet
This artistic research project brings together four musicians from the UK, Berlin and Sweden in an exploration of ecological sound art. The group consists of Matthew Sansom and Bennett Hogg (UK), Sabine Vogel (DE) and Stefan Östersjö (SWE). They work with ecological sound art with the fundamental approach of participation instead of representation.
Through the dialogue between nature and acoustic instruments they create interactions with nature that can take shape as guitar/violin/tree sculptures; networked performances that connect multiple places in a landscape etc. Landscape Quartet approach nature through a specific interest in human intervention where, alongside naturally occurring features of the landscape, paths and other traces of human activity, are understood as a sedimentation of history written into the landscape. They do not make a radical separation between "nature" and "human", but instead seek to work with a more contemporary understanding of our interconnectedness with nature.
The context of each live project is enhanced through small scale exhibitions of previous landscape projects which show the diversity of responses to the challenge of working in the natural environment. The project was funded by AHRC and was initiated by bennett Hogg at Newcastle University and organised in collaboration with Matthew Sansom at Univ of Surrey. The form of the project has been a series of residencies in Northumbria and in Sweden (hosted by RANK). The two last residency project took place in Sweden in April 2014. The written output will be a thematic issue on sound art in Contemporary Music Review, one of the major peer reviewed publications in music in the UK.