Is there any music here or is there only silence?
My research based multi-media practice looks at the historical and political resonance of sites and materials, culminating in moving image and installation works. Central to this process is long-term investigative research, while I also seek out proximity and intimacy with people and places. This intimacy forms a practice that utilises a documentary approach seeking to provide an evidence of the real that is complicated by subjectivity.
‘Is there any music here or is there only silence?’ explores, through a documentary method and within the context of the National Forensic Mental Hospital, the potential depths in the idea of freedom, trauma and pop songs. It also investigates the links between the production, performance, and consumption of music, and fundamental questions of power and order in society. Combining a documentary approach with a staged ‘mise-en- scène’, the work depicts a music therapy session alongside authentic sound recordings taken from music therapy sessions held within the National Forensic Mental Hospital.