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Melanie Wilson discusses her R&D residency

| Fri 24 Nov 2017

Melanie Wilson discusses her ideas for her R&D residency, Tue 28 Nov - Fri 8 Dec.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm an artist who makes performances that combine sound, language and contemporary forms of composition. I'm a writer, sound maker, performer and director, and I collaborate with other artists, so choreography, film and video also shape what I do.

How would you describe the work you create?

My work is characterised by a highly crafted relationship between sound and language, and often provokes strong emotional reactions in audiences. Sometimes it even makes people faint, but only when I use certain types of sound. That's not something I set out to do incidentally... Its poetic work, and has a distilled feeling, and has political conversations about feminism and climate at its core.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

I'll be working on a new project called Live Long and Die Out. Its is a live-scored conversation in sound between an audience and four singers, that uses music and sound to think about human reproduction and population growth.Taking the playfully anarchistic ideas of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement as a departure point, the project asks its audience provocatively and compassionately to respond to and reflect upon ideas around why we have children, and how and if we could decide to stop having children as a step towards climate sustainability.

What elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

I'm going to use the Creation Space residency to begin to answer some of the project's core questions, to write early draft ideas for the score and to collaborate with singers to begin to make the sound world of the piece. I'll also host a number of open rehearsals and debates with staff and visitors to the building, to discuss the ideas and form of the project and work with their input.

What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?

Propelling pencils, batteries, headphones, a comfy chair to sit in, access to natural light and cashew nuts.

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