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At the Edge of Wilderness | Composer Hildegard Westerkamp | Photographer Florence Debeugny

At the Edge of Wilderness

ohrenhoch presents on Sunday?
15 and 22 September 2013, 2pm - 9pm:

At the Edge of Wilderness (2000) 

A Soundscape-Photo Installation about Ghost Towns in British Columbia

Composer: Hildegard Westerkamp
Photographer: Florence Debeugny

When resource industry moves into British Columbia’s landscapes, industrial sites and company towns are cut into the wilderness. The edge between wilderness and such a new place is traditionally knife sharp like the edge between life and a stabbing death. Poison is released into the environment by the violent penetration of industry. Once resources are drained the company moves away leaving its huge, filthy footprints behind, leaving open gaps in mountains and relying on natural processes to absorb the junk heaps, tailings, the waste. Natural rhythms and movements eventually soften the edges, transforming an abandoned industrial site into mysterious rusty shapes and collapsed wooden structures overgrown by moss, weeds, shrubs, and trees. A once noisy, bustling place becomes a quiet ghosttown full of memories. An old industry becomes artifact and lies there like a toothless monster of the past.

Through images and sounds gathered in various ghost towns of the Canadian province British Columbia during Spring and Summer of 2000, At the Edge of Wilderness explores the moment of encounter between the contemporary visitor and the abandoned industrial sites: a strange moment of excitement and magic, discovery and adventure; a moment of questions and stories about human industrial activities of the past and present; a moment of sensing the spirits and ghosts still hovering among the skeletal remains while nature is gradually reclaiming its place. It is as if visitor and place are taking a deep breath together during this encounter, convalescing from injury, contemplating the edge where junk and artefact, destruction and new growth, noise and quiet meet; where perceptions of a shameful past in need of clean–up collide with feelings of pride towards a heritage worth preserving.

About the Sounds
Initially, when we first arrived at the ghost town sites, the many rusty objects and structures were lying around silently, telling us stories of their working life, of their function. But as we moved through the sites, stepping on and through them, “playing” on them, hitting them with various objects, listening, they produced the most fascinating resonances. Whether the sounds came from on an old steam engine or an out–of–tune piano with broken strings, they became the musical instruments for At the Edge of Wilderness, Exploring their acoustic/musical properties in their dilapidated state, brought them to life in surprising ways. In some cases, depending on how they were “played”, they created sounds and rhythms not unlike that of old machinery from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. They are the sounds that carry us from the presence of the existing ghost towns into the imagined past of these places, and they delineate the particular edge that has been created between nature and this form of civilization all over the North American continent. Turning the industrial structures into musical instruments may be a way of exorcising the damage that has been done and is still being done in many cases on this continent and all over the world - a way to make peace or find a balance between the destructive and the creative forces that tend to work side by side in adventurous explorations.

The majority of the sounds for the piece—the natural sounds, soundmaking on the rusty structures, sounds of cars and trains, or of our footsteps and spoken voices— were recorded on the ghost town sites themselves. The recordings of steam trains and of old machinery such as the “Buffalo Iron Worker” come from the environmental sound archives of the World Soundscape Project at Simon Fraser University. HW

Photographer's Comments
When I visited some of BC ghost towns and abandoned mines it seemed as if people had left these places in a hurry like they would when a natural catastrophe, such as a volcano eruption, occurs. These relics portray despair and desolation revealing the core of human beings and the experiences they went through. They transport us to the centre, to the essential matter in life: survival, which demands acceptance and humility.

I look for signs and traces of our past and history. I imagine that people full of hope and ambition tried very hard to find fulfilment of their dreams here. Or they simply wanted to make a living. When it did not work, because of price decreases in ore (such as copper, silver, zinc or gold) or because of fires and floods, or simply because the railway did not make it to these secluded places, they left to try their chance somewhere else.

I like deterioration, abandonment, and destruction. It gives an impression of despair, distress, disillusion, and sadness. People left behind them the structures they had built and the materials they had brought in. Apparently, they had no concern about it all lying around like garbage after their departure, no concern that it would take years for these traces to disappear. The wooden constructions disintegrate relatively quickly back to nature, but not the many metal objects and cement constructions. Vegetation may grow around them and cover them from our sight, but they will continue to lie there for years unabsorbed by nature. And paradoxically, we like it: these ruins provoke our imagination and appeal to our sense of aesthetics. We still want to visit these abandoned sites.

I am very attracted to the chaotic arrangement of these distorted shapes, and the combination of colours, textures, forms and materials. When I look at them, I feel the need to transfer onto photographic film the detailed images that my inner eye perceives. Each time, I walk through these abandoned sites, it feels as if I wander through an untouched museum without organization. FD


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Hildegard Westerkamp
lectures on topics of listening, environmental sound and acoustic ecology and she conducts soundscape workshops internationally. By focusing the ears’attention to details in the acoustic environment, her compositional work draws attention to the act of listening itself and to the inner, hidden spaces of the environment we inhabit. Her music has been commissioned by CBC Radio, Canada Pavilion at Expo '86, Ars Electronica (Linz), Österreichischer Rundfunk, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Germany....She received Honorable Mentions in competitions such as Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, Prix Italia, and the International Competition for Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, as well as aRecommendation for Broadcast from the International Music Council's 4th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music... Her articles have been published in Radio Rethink, Kunstforum, Musicworks, MusikTexte... For an extensive exploration into her compositional work see Andra McCartney’s Sounding Places: Situated Conversations through the Soundscape Work of Hildegard Westerkamp, York University, Toronto, 1999, and in the internet at: http://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/compositions.html

As part of Vancouver New Music’s yearly season she has coordinated and led Soundwalks for the last eight years, which in turn has led to the creation of The Vancouver Soundwalk CollectiveA founding member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), and co-editor of its journal Soundscape, Westerkamp was a researcher for R. Murray Schafer's World Soundscape Project, and she has taught acoustic communication at Simon Fraser University with colleague Barry Truax.

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Florence Debeugny
Raised in France and immersed in reclaimed architecture of past eras, Florence Debeugny consequently focus her artistic practice on architecture photography to examine the changes taking place in British Columbia (BC, Canada) industrial environments where she documents abandoned or partially run down structures before they disappear. For 13 years, her photo-documentary work has included the mining, fishing and forestry industries and addressed the issues of how quickly buildings, closed for economic reasons, disappear along with the elements of culture they encompass.

In video installations such as Almost Gone, Maillardville 100 years and beyond, and Giants Leap, she has integrated her photographs with ambient sounds, video and interviews to explicitly convey the layers of human experience impacted by industrial and urban changes. Her work raises questions of progress, architecture preservation, housing and culture.

She has also developed a photographic abstraction style as seen in the series Deterioration, Through, Precaution and Night Language. In industrial sites, she comes across shapes, lines and layers within the larger visual context which she studies closely, producing abstracted images, sometimes involving optical effect. Rather than digitally transforming the images, her artistic process focuses on careful composition while photographing, to deepen her sense of observation.

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