Sunshine Gray devises site-specific, immersive sonic events often with a visual or performance element - examining the intersections between technology, sound & theatre.

recent work

Intro_Outro, Konpartitu, la Filarmónica, Bilbao, 21st February 2014

Intro_Outro

Specially composed to be played as the audience takes their seats and departs, Intro_Outro is an atmospheric soundscape created to cleanse the ears before and after Viv Manning's "concierto didáctico" performance/presentation on the voice, Good! Bad! Ugly! Beautiful! Los Sonidos de la Voz Cantada. In this capacity it was aired as part of the Konpartitu series of musical masterclasses at the renowned Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao.

Intro Outro by sunshine gray

SNAP, Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, October 2013

SNAP

SNAP, a prepared-space composition exploring the soundscape of analogue photography, was originally created for and aired at the 2012 Chorlton Arts Festival. SNAP was restyled for a showing in St. Mary's Guildhall, Lincoln, as part of the Frequency Festival of Digital Culture in October 2013.

SNAP by vera_lana

Close to the Edge, Chorlton Arts Festival, May 2013

Close to the Edge

This was a multi-location sound installation, airing in Close, a men's grooming salon, the Jellyfish Rooms, a therapy/rehearsal complex & the Edge, theatre & Arts Centre. The audio, comprised mainly of manipulated/processed field recordings, progressed in size from place to place, from simple to complex, from intimate to theatrical. The three ten minute works were looped to play throughout a three day event.

Trains, Lightworks annual International New Media Festival, Grimsby, March 15th 2013

Lightworks

This audio work, made using field recordings of Spanish trains mixed with studio instruments, was part of Lightworks festival - a new media event in Grimsby which used the Town Hall as both venue & screen, along with other town centre locations.

TakeAway, Access Space, Sheffield, November 24th 2012 - January 11th 2013

TakeAway Commissioned for the Foyer at Access Space, the installation TakeAway comprises videos of four different take-away meals for two, filmed from above. Projected vertically onto the same table top as the one at which the meals were eaten, the unedited movements are watched in real time. Two dining chairs are available for audience members to sit, as if they are the diners, where they can watch the “ballet” of food, cutlery and gesture take place. Each take-away meal (Thai, pizza, salad, chips) was bought within walking distance of the the artist's studio in Lincoln.

WC, a listening experience for toilets, Lincoln Drill Hall, 5th - 10th November 2012

WC This sound work was part of Liverpool artists Raisin & Willow's residency at Lincoln Drill Hall. The piece used field recordings of Mediterranean locations - including motorbikes & parakeets - to highlight the recent globalisation of toilets.

WC by sunshine gray

Weekend at the Asylum Steampunk Festival, Lincoln September 8th/9th 2012

Voices from the Ether The sound installation Voices from the Ether was aired in a double cell/dayroom in the Victorian Men's Prison, Lincoln Castle. It's a ten minute work which was played on a loop for three hours on two consecutive days. The audio comprises processed new & vintage vocal field recordings mixed with radio interference, white noise & plundered reverbs. The audience was able to enter & leave at will, sitting if desired to ponder the visual display of pseudo-Victoriana & vintage recording ephemera.

Voices from the Ether by vera_lana

Lincoln Mystery Plays, Cathedral & Medieval Bishop's Palace, July 2012

Mystery Plays The Lincoln Mystery Plays are performed every four years in & around the Cathedral. As Associate Digital Artist for the 2012 event I composed the audio work FLOOD which played throughout the nine day run in the vaulted Undercroft, Medieval Bishop's Palace, Lincoln. The ten minute piece reimagined the Noah play using digital audio, archive & recent field recordings & vocal/body sounds provided by the cast. The Undercroft itself added a wash of extreme reverb. In addition there was a visual display of items which represented belongings of the Noah family either packed or left behind - now flotsam & jetsam.

FLOOD FLOOD by vera_lana

SNAP Chorlton Arts Festival, St Ninian's Church, 19th May 2012

SNAP

The audio piece SNAP was composed specially for the Chorlton Arts Festival & was aired in St Ninian's Church. The work used recordings of vintage cameras, flash bulbs & self-timers. Listeners were able to enter & leave at will, taking in the sounds for as long or as little as they liked, while looking at the display of vintage photos.

SNAP by vera_lana

Lightworks Annual International Arts Festival, Grimsby Minster, 16th March 2012

lightworks

The audio piece "Nature of Memory" was included in this audio-visual/new media evening, which showcased the work of Grimsby art students alongside international & national digital artists. The event took place in Grimsby Minster.

nature of memory by vera_lana

Gone to the Dog - LincolnDigitalArts audio visual evening, the Dog & Bone, John Street, Lincoln, 18th November 2011

Gone to the Dog

The audio pieces "Chairs" & "Curtains", & the video "Hideous Carpets", were included in this audio-visual evening, which showcased the work of Lincoln digital artists. The event took place in the Dog & Bone, award-winning community pub, & comprised ten varied works by LDA members.

Another Lost World - Weekend at the Asylum Steampunk Festival, Lincoln, 10th/11th September 2011

Another Lost World Another Lost World by vera_lana

This sound work was part of the Weekend at the Asylum Steampunk festival & took place in the Sir Joseph Banks conservatory, Lincoln.
It comprised a 15 minute audio track - designed to answer the festival's request for "dinosaur" sounds - which was looped to played for about three hours with a visual display of "Steampunk" items arranged to reinforce the " teatime in the jungle " aspect of the installation.

Open to Interpretation/the Elephant - Sheffield Placard headphone festival, 16th July 2011

LDA show Open to Interpretation/the Elephant by vera_lana

This sound work was part of the 12 hour headphone festival organised by Yaxu & Access Space, Sheffield.
It comprised a live reading of Jenny Clarkson's short story The Elephant over a 15 minute recorded audio piece - Open to Interpretation - previously aired as an installation ( Lincoln Drill Hall, August 2010 ).

Dexicity - LincolnDigitalArts AudioVisualEvening, AV Theatre, the Collection, Lincoln, 24th June 2011

LDA show Dexicity by vera_lana

Dexicity was included in an evening of audio visual works showcasing LincolnDigitalArts.
The event, which showed the work of 7 member artists & 2 guest artists, was curated by Sunshine Gray.
The well-attended evening took place in the Collection - Lincoln's contemporary art gallery - where the works were aired/screened in the AV theatre & on the unique sound wall (which is one of Europe's largest permanent playback systems, with 22 speakers in 3 layers, embedded in a giant wall).
The artists also used their laptops with individually designed screens, both static & moving, as display on a curving wall in the gallery foyer.

Dexicity - BITR Gallery, Gainsborough, 11th June 2011

dexicity
Dexicity by vera_lana

This audio piece was written as a response to Dex TapeNoise's poetry & aired during his day-long exhibition at the BITR Gallery, Gainsborough - coinciding with the town's Riverside Festival.

Take Time ( reduced visuals version ) - the Lady Chapel, Grimsby Minster, 18th March 2011

take time

This event was part of an evening art show called " Lightworks " organised by Chris Lillywhite of Grimsby College of Art which showed a number of screen based works, primarily by students. A version of Take Time - previously aired at Lincoln Drill Hall ( March 2010 ) & at LPAC, Lincoln University ( June 2010 ) see below for description - played in full but used a cut-down version of the visual element & was without stage lighting. The piece was aired in the Minster's Lady Chapel - a self-contained small space by the main entrance with limited seating.

Voice Peace - The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 15th November 2010

voice peace
voice peace by vera_lana

This sonic experiment formed part of the Bluecoat Gallery's Bed-In celebrating the original 1969 Lennon/Ono Bed-in.
A double bed with white bedding was set up in the gallery foyer where the artist spent the day recording assorted members of the public speaking a few lyrics from Give Peace a Chance with Daz Disley operating the audio equipment from the bed.
The whole day was videoed to be shown as a webcast. Later, in the studio, the voices were mixed into a three minute work which was sent back to the gallery to be played on a listening post.


Respawn? - X-Church, Gainsborough, 16th October 2010

X-Church

This sonic event was part of an evening of teen music/dark folk organised by Marcus Hammond of slumgothic.
The audio was constructed using various gaming sounds, a version of the Wilhelm scream & some bitcrushed noise. It was played twice as the audience entered the enormous space & sounded unrecognizable from the studio version due to the immensely long reverb of the location, which the artist had planned to take into account. The work was recorded, as it played, from both the organ loft & from ground level.

THE MERRYWEATHER MESMERIC MOOD MODULATOR - Lincoln Castle, 11/12th September 2010

THE

This sonic event was part of the Weekend at the Asylum Steampunk Festival & took place in the Merryweather meeting room in the Victorian women's prison in Lincoln Castle.
The work is a fifteen minute piece which was played, looped, over a period of four hours. The audience were able to enter & leave as they wished, look at the visual displays while listening, take a seat and/or walk around.
The audio includes a number of " steam " & " pump " sounds constructed by manipulating white noise & by tweaking assorted archive recordings. Steve Wallace gave permission to use some of his grandfather's ancient field recordings of musical boxes.


Open to Interpretation - Lincoln Drill Hall, 7th August 2010.

Open

This work, which aired in the Lincoln Drill Hall's cleared auditorium, is a looped sound piece of about 15 minutes which was played over a period of four hours.
It uses both abstract & concrete sounds, including domestic noise & tweaked archive recordings.
The audio was augmented with a visual display of two theatrically lit contrasting tables set with miscellaneous & deliberately ambiguous items - paintbrushes, oranges, computer printouts etc.
Two semi-circles of chairs were numbered using the Fibonacci sequence.
The audience were able to enter & leave as they wished, look at the visual displays while listening, take a seat and/or walk around.


Take Time - Lincoln Drill Hall, 20th March 2010 & LPAC, Lincoln University, 18th/19th June 2010

Take

This sonic event comprises a looped 15 minute sound piece devised for the Drill Hall auditorium - dealing with responses to the nature of time. The audio comprises time-stretched & warped domestic noises, treated sine waves & distant vocals.
The central visual element was a circular, set table, theatrically lit, with hour-glasses, fresh cress, fossils & painted clock plates & for the European House of Arts Festival at the university the jigsaw participation set-up was especially successful.
In both locations A5 graphics of invented time-lines were placed on the semi-circles of chairs.
The audience were able to enter & leave as they wished, look at the visual displays while listening, take a seat and/or walk around.


"Staged" - Lincoln Drill Hall, November 28th 2009

Staged

This sonic event is a looped 15 minute sound piece devised for the Drill Hall auditorium - dealing with the nature of illusion, glamour & the theatre - which played over the course of a few hours.
The visual elements included two tableaux - the venue's cleaning gear, strongly lit, set up on stage, &, at the other end of the hall, a conceptual piano in front of coathangered costumes.
The audio had archive marching feet, a bed of extreme reverb & some treated Shakespeare.
Misleading graphic play-bills were placed on the chairs.
The audience were able to enter & leave as they wished, look at the visual displays while listening, take a seat and/or walk around.


Anagram - Access Space media lab, Sheffield, June/July 2009

Anagram

This work, curated by Jake Harries, is a looped 12 minute sound piece designed to be aired in the foyer of the busy media lab over the course of a month.
The audio used field recordings of birdsong, courtesy of Geoff Middleton, & other natural sounds which gradually became more digital to highlight the concept of the piece - " electronics " being an anagram of " stone circle ".
The visual aspect to the installation included a display of gash computer cases, large beach stones & swathes of fabric.
At the preview the artist took photos of the participants in the seating area & superimposed the Anagram graphic onto the portraits.


Retort - X-Church, Gainsborough, June 2009

South

This work is a looped six minute sound piece designed to be played for about 20 minutes.
It was aired as part of a day of noise called South West Weird curated by Marcus Hammond of Slumgothic.
The audio included short, sharp sounds ( including castanets ) & human voice to deal with & make the most of the extreme reverb of the location.
When the piece was actually playing it was recorded, on a Zoom H4 from the organ loft, catching the additional sounds of shouting youth.

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