Holly Owen and Kristina Pulejkova
Switching Heads – sound mapping the Summit
Artistic duo Holly Owen and Kristina Pulejkova will be mapping the summit through a participatory workshop and their unique combination of immersive binaural sound technology, sculpture and video.
Switching Heads – sound mapping the […] is an on-going film project by artist duo Holly Owen and Kristina Pulejkova. Combining immersive binaural sound technology with environmentally un-intrusive sculpture and video the project captures real people’s stories in environmentally iconic locations. The artists ask local people to talk to a “listening head” sculpted from site-specific materials that, after use, will crumble back into the earth, adding nothing and taking nothing away.
Holding binaural microphones at its ears the life-size head acts as both a confidant and a voyeur whilst it maps and records a 360° sound scape of the site.
The first in the series entitled Switching Heads-sound mapping the Arctic captured the stories from a community deep within the endangered landscape of the Arctic Circle. The artists have shown the film nationwide as well as taking it to the streets of Paris during COP21.Their second film was be produced this Summer at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales.
The film places participation at its heart from production to the final viewing. It aims to inspire social change through human empathy using storytelling, immersive technology and local materials.
During Feeding the Insatiable, A Creative Summit Owen and Pulejkova will be producing their third film, asking attendees of the summit to participate by telling their stories (encouraged by the artists using a set of inclusive questions) to a pre-made, life-size head sculpted in local materials. The resulting film will be available to view on their website www.switching-heads.com.