As a contribution to the Fak'ugesi festival which was themed on ideas of the ‘the spiritual and feminine'; we entered into a 3 day study of the relationship between sound, space and time.

We considered the spiritual to be outside of time. Many events happen in one space so we sought, using sound, to record a series of events that happened over time within a given space.

Rilke suggests that we punch a hole of meaning by giving attention and praise, and by trying to capture moments in time, we had to learn to listen. We had to heighten our awareness to the sensory experiences of the present moment.

If you are presented with a dedicated sound recording of something that is right in front of you, then you will find it easier to hear the real thing later.

Poets, as knowing how to communicate more directly with the soul, were asked to experience the space in which the recordings were being captured. These experiences impacted on the meaning within the poems that were produced. We hoped that this additional narrative overlay, as presented through the poem, would enrich the experience of space.

We created objects that made it possible to leave the poems in the spaces that they were created.

Our ideas were translated into:

A DIY set of binaural ear microphones for recording sound in the same way that we hear. These make sound far more intimate and real which makes it easier to time travel back into the original experience.

Low-fi, low power audio recorders for leaving each poem in the space that it was inspired in. We left an additional 7 channels open so that responses or thoughts could be left by the public.

A number of site specific recordings were captured and uploaded. QR codes were assigned to each sound so that we could place these in the spaces that the sounds were originally recorded. Images of some of the in poem references were also captured.

Segments of the poems were processed into data and visualisations that were fed into a CNC router to create physical form, and a drawing machine to create 2D representations.

We are greateful for the contributions of the female poets Sarah Godsell, Katleho Shoro, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana.

This is a Makerlibrary collaboration whereby Thingking, Robyn Farah and MakerSpace worked collectively to realise difference facets of the project.

{Please excuse wind sounds on some of the recordings - we were using hacked equipment}