Project Description

By Duncan Whithley
Co-produced by Duncan Whitley and Binaural/Nodar

“G.D. Parada” is 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.draws on the subject of an amateur football team, ‘Grupo Desportivo de Parada’, in rural Portugal. With delicately-crafted sound recordings and transcribed interviews as the driving, rhythmic body of the work, the artist places sound into new relationships with text and video images. Whitley here explores spillages between the contemporary fields of art and ethnography: with a particular focus on the rich, sensory world of sound.

An audio track taken from the “G.D. Parada” project is included in the double CD “Location-Specific Sound 2007-2009” published by Edições Nodar as part of the “Three Years in Nodar” retrospective catalogue.

More information on Duncan Whitley, here.

Duncan Whitley’s biography

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.

http://www.shotgunsounds.com

Public presentations

Bridport Open Book Festival | 18th to 26th November 2011 | MediaLab LabCulture, England