|MALI DRAPER & DAN WAINE
|24/04/21 - 07/05/21
latest postal exhibition 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.
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.
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 the map below. Each
soundscape within the sound walk has a speech transcription and audio
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 bounce.
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...”
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
During 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.
Listen to the OUTPUT Gallery Podcast interview with Mali & Dan using the player below or read a transcript here.
to access 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.