Bāṛi- Installation at Gallery 46, Whitechapel for B.A Sound Art & Design:

In April, for our second year B.A Sound Arts & Design we had a Unit module. In this Unit, we could work independently or collaboratively. The Gallery 46 space in Whitechapel is located in the multi diverse area, with a large Bangladeshi Community in that Tower Hamlet, London.

I decided that I wanted to create a collective sound composition that entails, media, musicality and research interview in the Tower Hamlet. After planning my concept, I wanted to know more the history, and also more elaboration into my research. I was then enquired to research the history  in the Tower Hamlet area.

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After gaining information about the community, I went to Brick Lane High St.

I went into restaurants, shop or tailors to try get a audio recording of the experience of coming over. This was a great chance to reflect and listen to the elderly generation of the community and on the area’s resilient nature of solidarity of overcoming prejudice treatment, racism experience whilst migrating majorly here in the early 70’s.

For the gallery space design, I designed a recreation of a 70’s living room, buying ornaments, cloth and food in the area of Whitechapel, Watney Market. The reason why I used majority of the props, was because I wanted keep the authenticity of the culture. I also wanted parts of the room to represent a part of the Bangladesh community

I also painted a watercolour feature to go in the space named ‘8 Waterlilies’ with each Waterlily representing the 8 divisions of Bangladesh. This took a lengthy two month to create, because of the colour use and blending technique.IMG_8027.JPG

The audio piece I composed was played out of British Tannoy speakers that fit the vintage look of the room. I really enjoyed this project as I’ve been interested in visiting installation and how interactive they can be- depending on the media or sound process.IMG_8987

Bāṛi (Home) 2019, displayed on the 26-29th April 2019.

Published by esthergaylesoundarts

I was born in Bedfordshire, England. I'm from a musical and artistic background, with creating music and writing songs from a young age. Still life drawing, carpentry and sculpture design is an area in Art that I have previously studied. I am B.A Sound Arts & Design student at London College of Communication in London, learning to become a Sound Practitioner in Sound Arts. I did a sound installation called, 'Bari (Home)' at Gallery 46, White Chapel, April 2019 about the cultural integration of the Tower Hamlet of London area. My influences have come form contextual art, artistes, music and sound, film and audio visual works. I'm intrigued by sound discovery and perception of the sounds we hear.

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