Magz Hall – Whispering Trees
November 15, 2016
Magz Hall’s Whispering Trees present the forest as a site for the transmission of our dreams. Hall is fascinated with the early history of radio, including its military use, General Owen Squire the inventor of ‘muzak’ and the historic use of radio in forests to warn of forest fires. Hall invites exhibition audiences into a specially constructed dreamspace to listen to the recollections of anonymous dreams; both our aspirations and recollections from our subconscious. As we relax we are transported into another landscape through these intricately recalled and constructed soundscapes.
Hall’s proposal for Jerwood Open Forest invites the public to contribute to a bank of dreams, whereby participants of all ages record their hopes, fears and desires recalled and collected in a forest recording dreamspace. This dream bank would be curated by Hall and transmitted as a series of soundscapes for forest visitors to discover amongst the trees. Hall invites us to find the frequency and tune in to transmissions broadcast from the trees themselves. Hall has designed a new form of tree based radio transmission, offering the public Goodman’s radios to tune into while they gather for a radio picnic or simply to listen to the broadcasts. The forest itself becomes the site of recording and reflection as well as the technical transmitter of our dreams.
Right: Magz Hall with her installation at Jerwood Space, London. Image © Hydar Dewachi