Lost Sound

John Smith, Graeme Miller

2001 | 00:28:00 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Architecture, City, Culture Jamming, Environment, European Film/Video, Memory, Music, Sound

Lost Sound documents fragments of discarded audio tape found by the artists within a small area of East London, combining the sound retrieved from each piece of tape with images of the place where it was found. The work explores the potential of chance, creating portraits of particular places by building formal, narrative, and musical connections between images and sounds, linked by the random discoveries of the tape samples.

"Hanging from trees like mistletoe, from lampposts and awnings like flotsam from an impossible high tide, blown by a breeze saturated with radio waves and mobile phone signals, Smith and Miller make a modern tangleweed of magnetic tape sing its discarded memories. Yet far from nostalgically organising this material, the tape becomes a formal cue to render time and space according to an ulterior rhythm." —Pandaemonium Festival Catalogue (London, 2001)

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Royal College of Art, John Smith Solo Show, 2010