HearAfter, a sound installation by Nichola Scrutton

HearAfter, a sound installation by Nichola Scrutton at GOMA

Gallery Of Modern Art

A few months ago I had arranged an exploratory meeting with Nichola Scrutton to talk about her proposal for HearAfter. Nearly two hours later and after an incredibly interesting conversation about sound and a moving discussion on the themes, we left that meeting with an agreement to try and  show the work at GoMA. In that meeting we discussed the complexities of grief; ideas of decay and disintegration; abstraction; and triggers or markers for emotional memories – whether that was sound or visual. Since then the work has developed and this week we installed the sound ‘piece’ in the round room on Balcony 2.

My first reaction on hearing the work in space was quiet, then I felt the hairs on my arms stand on end and a powerful shift in emotions and memories as the work continued to immerse me. The opportunity to listen was lovely and I…

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