It is often claimed that music is the highest form of art. Sound, by extension, must surely be art’s most complete medium. It is the vibration that gives dimensionality to our lives. In musical form, sound touches the soul and expands the mind. In natural form it articulates the world around us. For even if we speak in different languages, the scope of pure sound is perceived in common.
Based in London, but looking far afield, British Earways simply asks: how does what we listen to define who we are? The project will present expressions of identity through sound by tuning ears to sonic influences that have found their way to our shores from all around the world. We propose to create a site of complex interconnectivity that honours the hybrid, the intersubjective and the marginal.
On this journey we want to listen deeply, concentrate and go slow. Participating artists, writers, musicians and everyday enthusiasts will explore their auditory obsessions as mixes, original compositions, live events and interviews. As new material is generated, our archive will grow.
In keeping with all flights of the imagination, our assignment is undertaken in a spirit of adventure and with a willingness to embrace the strange.