Luba Diduch

artistat VIOLET/RedNoise
United Kingdom
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory, Climate, Atmospheric Science, Computer Music, Electroacoustic Music, Sonification, Digital Art, New Media, Ecology, Environment, Experimental Music, Geography, Geo-Locative, Mapping, Sound, Acoustics, Video, Film

Born in Montreal, Canada and now residing in Calgary Alberta, I am a visual and sonic artist who uses an interdisciplinary approach in my practice, Notions of interactivity and how these are evolving due to the presence of expanding architectonic schemes in and around artworks are explored in my art practice. My artistic research was initiated  and explored during my PhD studies at Bath Spa University. This research drew, and continues to draw on sources using rapid ethnographic methodologies that argue for a redefinition of current understandings of interactivity within the field of digital media and art practice.

My current research is realized during soundwalks when sounds in the field, as well as the collection of flora and fauna ephemera, are captured in forested environments. A soundwalk can transcend the sounds that we hear in the environment–-  it can become a psycho-geographic layering of sounds heard in a space -- as well as imagined sounds stimulated by the experience. This is reminiscent of the ‘dérive’ that Guy Debord wrote about in his paper ‘Theory of the Dérive’. [1]  My current art practice continues to unfold in relative social isolation in these strange times. As a result, imagined sonic and visual experiences of the forest create nostalgic feelings and a longing for the natural sounds of the mountain wilderness that are currently in peril. As the pandemic loosens its grip, my goal is to unite the sounds and experiences I have collected in Canada with those of forests in other parts of the world.

[1] Thomas, Robyn. Guy Debord, Theory of the Dérive (1958) https://www.robynthomas-explorations.com/phd-summer-residency-workshops-...