FIELD STUDIES is a series of works by The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker, that explore human presence in various sonic landscapes. The performances are collaborative improvisations with the environment that are one-shot field recordings without studio manipulation, although some special iterations take the format of short art films using field recordings and subtle studio sonic additions to the overall on location preoccupied core content.
“FIELD STUDIES IS AT IT’S HEART A REJECTION OF HUMAN CENTRED NARRATIVE, AN EMBRACE OF EXISTING AS A PART OF AN ECOSYSTEM RATHER THAN EXPLOITING IT FOR HUMAN GAINS.”THE HONOURABLE ELIZABETH A. BAKER, 2021
“Human obsession with hierarchy stands at the heart of oppression of races and exploitation of perceived lower order objects/organisms; by dismantling, reprogramming, revisiting, and refining our relationship with the practice of performative listening, absorption, and processing (observation and analysis by an audience member of a perceived stage); sound, movement, and visual experiences can serve as vehicles to deeper discussion about the ways in which power dynamics subconsciously influence how humans interact with the world — in all manner of societal constructs, ecological conservation, and intimate interactions with the objects/beings within our personal spaces. FIELD STUDIES, invites absorption participants to consider an improvisational performance experience, in which a human performer is an equal collaborator alongside all object elements and/or characters within a naturally occurring soundscape — likewise the performer enters the space with an intention of channeling and interacting with nature rather than exploiting the features of the soundscape in an act of “artistic manipulation” — through dismantling the human centred narrative, this project seeks to foster dialogue and act as revolutionary resistance against systemic inequity, which leads to the oppression and exploitation of others.” – THE HONOURABLE ELIZABETH A. BAKER, AUGUST 2020
FIELD RECORDING SOUND MAP
This interactive map includes both raw recordings and completed pieces, and provides a cursory overview the various soundscapes and environments in which The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker has been collecting field recordings and performing FIELD STUDIES piece. Some unprocessed audio recordings from this every evolving library will be made available for other creators to use in the future. The Sound Map is constantly being added to, so remember to bookmark this page and visit often to continue your virtual sound journey.