Draper & Dan Waine
24 - May 7
exhibition at OUTPUT explores the multi-faceted collaborative practice
of Mali Draper and Dan Waine. In response to the cancellation of
OUTPUT’s gallery-based exhibition programme, the two Liverpool-based
artists have devised
a number of innovative ways to experience their work, both from the
comfort of your own home and outside in the world.
The artists have created a print,
pictured above, for our postal exhibition programme. The design brings
together images and text from a wider project
which explores a fragmented narrative through immersive sound design
and storytelling. The print is a two-colour risograph produced by Granby Press.
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In addition, the artists have procued a Sound Walk using the app Echoes.
Through this app, sound works can be accessed by visiting
specific locations in Liverpool's Princes Park, outlined on
map below, a physical copy of which is included with each print mailed
out. Each soundscape within the sound walk has a speech transcription
and audio description.
Detailed instructions on how to use the app can be accessed here.
fragments tell the story of a character who spends an evening trapped
on an uninhabited island, isolated from the mainland which remains
visible across a body of water. A recurring focal point of the
narrative is a mysterious red light which ignites the narrator’s
curiosity, and pulls them through a progression of lingering,
moments from the night on the island are disjunct in the way that they
sit in my head. Actually, on second thought they don’t sit, they
I sat on the edge of a wall that surrounded a car
park. The sky was much darker by this point, even the clouds were
indistinct. They had dissolved into the indigo inkiness that hung above
me. The red
lights revealed themselves once again.
On, two, three, four, five, six, seven, off...”
Together, Dan and Mali make work that
navigates feelings of otherness, and the space between the literal and
metaphorical. They work with text, sound, performance, film and
installation in a fluid, overlapping way that is reflective of their
collaborative working method, which involves sending each other small,
isolated pieces of writing and sound. The sounds they use may be
recorded / found sounds, or created digitally. They are mixed and
recycled into textural soundscapes, ambient backdrops for narrative,
where recognisable sounds find strange new contexts.
initial planning of this project, the artists hoped to stage workshops
in the gallery where visitors could learn about the techniques and
software used in immersive sound design. As this is not possible, they
have created a list of resources and a pack of audio samples which are
available online - please click here to access.
learn more, please check out the latest episode of our podcast here,
dive interview with Mali and Dan covering this project and their wider
practice. A full transcription is available here.
the archive of Montez Press Radio where there is a recording from 27th August 2020 in which Mali and Dan present a mix
of soundscapes and spoken word, as well as discussing their original proposal to OUTPUT Gallery and
the challenges of 2020.
Location photographs below by Carl Dyer.