Hayley Suviste – BIMM. Co-Founder of The Manchester Ear: “Way Down to Pomona”

Just two weeks before Europe’s lockdown, the MANTIS FESTIVAL (UK) asked 10 workshop participants to critically-discuss “Digital Overlays” in the context of their creative practice. For instance, how Digital Overlays can be experienced as watermarks of the world and spatial…

Hayley Suviste - BIMM. Co-Founder of The Manchester Ear: "Way Down to Pomona"

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Just two weeks before Europe’s lockdown, the MANTIS FESTIVAL (UK) asked 10 workshop participants to critically-discuss “Digital Overlays” in the context of their creative practice. For instance, how Digital Overlays can be experienced as watermarks of the world and spatial media; as the aural surrounding our bodies; as meeting places between the real and the augmented; as a multi-layer device spread over or across the physical or as your digital-social self.
Video credit: Chris Rhodes | Mantis Festival 2020.

Way Down to Pomona is an interactive site-specific installation for smartphone technologies that uses global positioning system (GPS) locative audio and augmented-reality technology to narrate users through Pomona Island, a wasteland in Manchester city centre. It seeks to re-imagine Pomona’s history through field recordings, composed electroacoustic music, oral histories and archival material (with thanks to Greater Manchester County Record Office) that are unveiled as the site is explored by the listener based on their GPS data.

Hayley is staff at BIMM, Manchester and co-founder of the Manchester Ear, a soundwalk initiative that aims to get communities involved with listening to their environment on excursions in and around Manchester. Through this project, we hope to foster greater involvement, understanding and appreciation for our environment; exploring ideas of deep listening and highlighting its well-being benefits.

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