For this episode of the Fermynwoods Podcast, artist Lucie McLaughlin mines her everyday for sounds in the three-part audio work Clickety-Clack. In this work, we can hear the sound of seagulls, a printer dancing, music leaked through walls, the quiet rabble of voices outside a pub and the purr of a washing machine. In the form of a triptych of sound works, Clickety-Clack comprises field recording and constructed narrative sequences. Here, the material of listening is loose footed, both aware of its construction and interrupted by words. Perspectives on familiar or often overlooked sound are shifted into condensed spaces to reveal an aural poetics in movement, whilst the words performed ask questions of the spaces we’re in or are hearing.
This episode of the Fermynwoods Podcast is supported by Arts Council England and by a grant from Localgiving and Postcode Places Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
A transcript of this episode is available here.
- River, digital drawing, 2021
- Footbridge, digital photograph, 2021
- Ferry, HD Video still, 2021
Lucie McLaughlin is an artist and writer from Belfast, currently based in Glasgow. She works with sound, still and moving images, performance and writing. Her sound work has been exhibited with CCA Derry~Londonderry and included in Radiophrenia, Glasgow. A book of her creative-critical writing, Suppose A Collapse, was published in May 2021 with JOAN, a new publishing project for interdisciplinary artists’ writing. There are two sound pieces to accompany the book on the JOAN website.