Forma HQ Artist-in-Residence
From August 2020
Forma will support artist Kate Carr to undertake a period of research and development as part of our future move to Forma HQ, our new premises in Southwark, South London. Responding to this new context, we have invited artists to explore and engage with communities, histories and landmarks which will help define our new home. As the first resident artist for Forma HQ, Carr has proposed a new body of work which layers the sounds and vibrations of physical spaces with literal and metaphorical journeys across time.
Drawing inspiration from the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout, a nearby junction where roads connecting central London and Dover meet the historic Old Kent Road, Carr will use sound as a method for capturing and positioning these networks. Working with specialist equipment, including geophones capable of capturing deep vibrations in the Earth’s crust, Carr will respond to Forma’s changing geographical and organisational landscapes, and the infrastructures they exist within.
Carr will use recordings gathered during the residency to create a series of compositions for a new record. This limited edition vinyl will be released in late 2020 to celebrate the residency and commemorate this important moment for Forma.
Carr’s work explores our complex and contradictory relationship with the natural world. Her music blurs the boundaries between instruments and field recordings, underlining the intersections and overlaps between nature and culture and the myriad of incomplete ways we attempt to make sense of these terms. It explores place and non-place, being and imagining.
Lead Image: Bricklayers Arms Roundabout, as viewed from on Google Maps Satellite View. Credit: Bluesky, CNES/Airbus, Getmapping plc, Infoterra Ltd & Bluesky, Maxar Technologies, The Geoinformation Group Map Data 2020.