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SeaScapes Co/Lab Podcasts

Suzy, O'Hara and Lottie, Steele (2024) SeaScapes Co/Lab Podcasts. [Audio]

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8 SeaScapes Co/Lab Podcasts bring project teams together to faciliate a deep dive conversation into the ideas and practices that underpin the projects.

Blue Wave: Blue Wave is a dance project that seeks to co-create an authentic connection between coastal communities and their natural marine heritage through dance. Blue Wave was co-created with female members of Friends of the Drop in for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (FODI) and Sangini (a BME-led, multicultural women’s arts organisation) and the North East Migration Project (NEMP). The dance project drew inspiration from what can be seen, heard and felt at the coast, from the movement of waves to the flora and fauna that call it home. Participants were supported to explore their own relationship with their coastal environment and how this connection can be expressed creatively through dance. In this episode, we hear from lead artist; Constance Humphries, Bluscapes Officer; Sarah Campbell, general manager for the National Trust; Eric Wilton & dancer; Tracey West.

Blast Beach: Digging Deeper: Blast Beach is a multi-media based project based around and informed by interviews with communities who are living around and/or influenced by Blast Beach, Seaham. Over a 6 month period, varying individuals were interviewed to create a documentary that highlights the influence of the coast upon the people who live, and are influenced, by it. In this episode, Geologist David Roberts talks about how the Blast Beach project came about and how the artist and ex-mining communities were crucial to the project. Dr. Adelle Hulsmeier and Jac and Jean (representatives from the East Durham Artist Network) share their experiences of the creative vision and artistic delivery.

Be the Sea: Be the Sea worked with local coastal communities to explore how we can become more capable of living with and not just on the coast - in ways that are mutually sustainable with fellow human and non-human beings?
The project centred around three methods to foreground listening:
Attunement: field-recording activities that zone in on the non-human sounds of the coastal seascape through listening and recording.Resonance: deep listening activities and voice/instrumental activities that use imaginative and creative strategies to develop an empathic and reflective relationship with the coastal seascape.Resilience: sound collage activities leading to a publication and composition that engenders ongoing stewardship of the coastal seascape. In this episode, we hear from curator; Suzy O'Hara, artist; Louise McKenzie, particpant; Dahrmendra Mehta & sound recordist and composer; David de la Haye.

Whitburn Resonance: Whitburn Resonance is a community project that focuses on the sounds of the medieval fishing village of Whitburn on the North East coast. The project aims to understand how the local soundscapes have changed over time by combining archaeological data and sonic research. The project emphasises connecting people to the area and encourages reflection on the coastal environment. Through participatory research and acoustic mapping, the goal is to foster a stronger sense of stewardship and appreciation for the marine heritage and seascape among coastal communities. In this episode, we hear from Professor Caroline Mitchell, Artist; Shelly Knotts & participants; Ian Bower and Elsie Ronald

Sea Change Lab: Sea Change Lab is a series of creative workshops run by three different artists: Dawn Felicia Knox, Tracy Thomas, and Jo Howell. Sea Change Lab explored questions around personal connection to the coast with young people from Horden through sessions focused on visualising and looking in different ways using lo-fi, sustainable photographic techniques. In this episode, we hear from the lead artists; Jo Howell, Dawn Felicia Knox, Tracy Thomas and Seascapes co-curator; Amanda Ritson.

Coastal Cuisine: Coastal Cuisine is a Co/Lab Sunderland project which explores the cuisines of the international communities living in Sunderland and the positive impact that has on the local foodscape.
From September 2022 - January 2023, international communities in Sunderland worked with ceramicist Mary Watson and researcher Suzanne Hocknall to explore the positive influence that diverse cultures have on our local food traditions within the coastal city of Sunderland. The Coastal Communities community group is made up of members from ICOS (International Community Organisation of Sunderland), FODI (a drop-in service for refugees and asylum seekers), City of Sanctuary, Back on the Map (a community space in Hendon) and Sangini (a wellbeing support group for Bangladeshi women). In this episode, we hear from curator; Suzy O'Hara, artist; Mary Watson, food researcher; Suzanne Hocknell and operations assistant FODI; Fanny Nagambie.

Queer Shore and Seas: Queer Shores and Seas is a creative project engaging with Queer communities and allies across the Northeast, capturing shoreline stories and celebrating our Curious coastal heritage. Lead artist for this project, Lizzie Lovejoy, engaged with over 450 participants through conversations, workshops and performances. They learned and shared stories of our local community from Tyne to Tees, considering our relationship to the water, our heritage and the intersectionality of Queer culture. In this episode, we hear from the lead artist and illustrator; Lizzie Lovejoy, Curious Arts director; Phil Douglas and participants; Beth Smith and Audrey Cook.

soundmirror: soundmirror is a participatory artwork that listens to and reflects the soundscapes of coastal environments through the sites of First World War sound mirrors in the north east today
The online artwork created by Rob Smith invites people to add to a database of sounds and examines how ‘listening’ to the contemporary coastal environment can enable the site of the sound mirror to emerge from the intersection of technologies and shared histories. By questioning what the sound mirror’s continuing role in the contemporary landscape is, Soundmirror creates a space that can enable connections with the site of the mirror to expand beyond simply being an historic location. In this episode, we hear from lead artist; Rob Smith, Hannah Fishburn from OASES, Robin Daniels from Tees Archeology & Diane Stephens, manager of the Heugh Battery Museum.

Distributed on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Goodpods.
Producer: Lottie Steele

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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2024 09:37
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Author: O'Hara Suzy ORCID iD
Author: Steele Lottie
Collaborator: Hayley Jenkins
Collaborator: Adelle Hulsmeier
Collaborator: Caroline Mitchell

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