Programmed for Glasgow Short Film Festival 2017.
Artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman leads a masterclass and walk about the politicised relationship between audio and public space, exploring how sound can disturb, camouflage, animate and construct environments. We will take a look at historic precedents of sonic surveillance, subterfuge and control, followed by a DIY construction session, where we’ll outfit ourselves with passive amplifiers and set forth on an aural stroll.
Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets and faith. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou; Hammer Museum; Mercer Union; Witte de With; the Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, Full Frame, Rotterdam and Berlinale. Stratman is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim and USA Collins fellowships, a Creative Capital grant and an Alpert Award. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.
Image: Deborah Stratman, Range Trumpet, 2011 – ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.