Exhibition and Sound Installation: Soundmarks

The Aldborough Roman Town Project archaeological dig (2019). Photo credit: Mario Cruzado

Walking through Aldborough, a small peaceful village in North Yorkshire, one would never guess that it was once a site of a big and busy Roman fort and urban centre Isurium Brigantum. Established around 1 AD, the town was an important trading centre with a large population boasting numerous administrative and public infrastructures such as a Forum, basilica, bathhouses, an amphitheatre, and even a sewage system. This August a collaborative exhibition merging visual and auditory art with archaeology will shine a light on the concealed landscape below Aldborough’s surface. 

Soundmarks is the project of Dr Rose Ferraby and Rob St John and consists of an art display, a sound installation, as well as an ‘art trail’ that allows visitors to browse around Aldborough exploring ‘soundmarks’ – sites of the old Roman settlements. Each site features visual work by Dr Ferraby and sound work by Rob St John that explore and interpret the site’s heritage. The main exhibition takes place at The Shed where viewers can appreciate Dr Ferraby’s artwork and Rob St John’s immersive atmospheric audio piece created using the sounds of Aldborough. 

Rob St John is an artist and writer. Working primarily with audio and video, his artistic practice revolves around the connection of nature and culture in contemporary landscapes. Dr Ferraby is an archaeologist, geologist, and artist whose multi-media work explores the relationships of humans and landscape using narrative and illustration. They have collaborated throughout 2019 to seek a meeting point between art and archaeology. An excavation work conducted by Dr Ferraby and her team in spring enabled both artists to find novel ways of recording using audio and visuals and incorporate various archaeological techniques, datasets and maps into their work. 

The exhibition held at The Shed, Aldborough, along with the ‘art trail’ will be open to the public between the 24th and the 31st of August, 2019. 

Text by CLOT Magazine (Twitter @clotmagazine)

Website https://soundmarks.co.uk/
(Picture courtesy of the artists)

20 Aug 2019