Project: “G.D. Parada – Second Half”
Category: Sound Art
Period: September 2009
Event: Art Residency
A sound project centred on a small amateur football club, Grupo Desportivo de Parada, in the town of Parada de Ester (Castro Daire, Portugal). GD Parada is very much a source of local pride, playing in the top tier of Portugal’s regional league structure (Divisão de Honra). The project sets out to explore the significance of GD Parada within the community of Parada de Ester, through detailed soundscape work focused on the team in training and in competition. Recordings at training sessions involve a variety of stereo and multichannel recording techniques to capture the sounds of training drills and exercises. The Project had a first residency in October 2008, which preliminary results were presented as a sound and video installation in GD Parada’s clubhouse, preceding a fierce derby match against local rivals Lamelas. In a second residency, additional sound and video recordings will be made and a final multichannel sound and video installation will be conceived, in order to be presented in contemporary art exhibition spaces.
Duncan Whitley | England
Duncan Whitley studied BA Hons Fine Art at Kingston University from 1996 to 1999, where he worked almost exclusively with sound installation. In the following years his work continued with a focus on site-specific interventions, producing work in both sanctioned art spaces and ‘non-art spaces’ (from domestic environments, to derelict flats, to Church of England churches). From 2004 his practice shifted towards stereo and multichannel ‘field recording’, developing a significant archive of project-specific phonographic studies. His sound recording work documents the ritual of social events: the highly formalised Semana Santa processions in Seville; football spectatorship across different tiers of the British football league; the controlled demolition of high-rise flats in cities around England and Scotland.