Listening for Instruction was a work made in collaboration with Lisa Hall, first exhibited at It Sounds Devicive!, Fringe Arts Bath in May 2018.

 

The work surveys how sounds are used as signifiers in public spaces. Collecting beeps, hisses, tones and automated voices, this work looks at how human workers are replaced by recorded sound, how sound is used to direct our behaviour, and how the voice is positioned within that. Probing current debates around the potential changes automation brings to working lives this study advocates for an automated future, supporting the anti-work movement’s call for ‘the right to the idle’ - the artists commit their own voices into a hybrid synthetic persona in support of this.

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