Alocas is one of a series of works for Expanded Audiovisual Format (EAF); an ongoing exploration involving pieces that are concerned, in both composition and exhibition, with moving away from a single-screen, two-speaker format. The work is intended to be exhibited in a small, very dark space, creating an immersive environment in which the audioviewer is completely enveloped by both the sonic and visual structures formed in the work. The pitched material in the work is generated algorithmically, then subsequently sculpted and intervened with using both chance and rules-based procedures. The intention, within the confined exhibition space, is that the work both look and sound entirely different dependent on whereabouts in the space one is situated.
Louise Harris is an audiovisual composer, and a Senior Lecturer in Sonic and Audiovisual Practices at The University of Glasgow.
She specializes in the creation and exploration of audiovisual relationships utilizing electronic music, recorded sound and computer-generated visual environments. Louise’s work encompasses fixed media, live performance and large-scale installation pieces, with a recent research strand specifically addressing Expanded Audiovisual Formats (EAF). Her work has been performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, and recent commissions include 30-minute radio art works for Stazione di Topolo and RadioArts. Louise was awarded the World Prize at the Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva (2011) and in 2016, her piece pletten was awarded first prize at the 2016 Fresh Minds Festival. In 2017, her solo exhibition, Auroculis, opened the Alchemy Film and Arts Hub in Hawick, UK and in 2018 she was commissioned by Cryptic and The Lighthouse to create Visaurihelix, a site-specific, interactive audiovisual installation for the Mackintosh Tower as part of the Mackintosh 150 celebrations. Louise has published extensively on her own work and on approaches to teaching creative practice in Higher Education, and her first monograph, Composing Audiovisually, is due for publication in 2021.