Sounds from the forest

On Saturday 8th of October, whilst the UK team were preparing the exhibition for its opening in Exeter’s CCANW, I drove up the central mountain range of Rio de Janeiro, through the clouds, on the winding road that rises over 700 m above sea-level for about 40 minutes in order to reach my destination, the Tijuca Forest National Park.












The gates to the park opened at 8am, where there were already a number of cars, pedestrians and cyclists ready to venture into this precious natural resource of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Beautifully kept and preserved, free for all to visit and enjoy.

Once I found a suitable place to park, the rest of the journey was made on foot. I found myself on the trail called ‘Trilha da Saudade’, pictured below. I walked about 20 to 30 minutes into the forest where I found the perfect spot to begin recording the environment with a digital audio recorder.












At about 9 am the sun began to blaze, the clouds dispersed completely, and a bright blue sky revealed itself through the canopy of trees, palms and bromeliads. Insects and birds moved quickly all around and over the dry earth, rocks and dense foliage. Moved by a light warm breeze.

The recordings were made in order to be introduced into the exhibition. Rebecca and Rachel are now preparing the files I have sent them to be published online too. You will note the sound of water as you listen back to the recorded material. This was a stream that cut right across this path over barks and rocks. A delicate constant sound distinctive of this forest ecosystem. I hope you will enjoy the sounds as much as I enjoyed being there, and that they will add to the experience of seeing the live visualizations in the gallery, as well as comparing it to the sounds of the forest in Exeter.












Even though the communication technologies weren’t present in this instance. There was a real sense that at that exact moment I was connected to the group in England. Where I was working in parallel with the team at Haldon Forest. Our physical presences connected by the work in-action, complementing our dialogue with each other by the material taking place simultaneously in both countries. Distance as a relative condition. In real-time (-4 hours) we were connected in ambition. Looking up at the blue sky, pictured above, I imagined our bridge shooting up towards it’s other side, which was being captured at the same time from the other end of the bridge in the UK.

Silvia Leal, Rio de Janeiro, 11th October 2011





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