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A sound installation that delves into the submerged ruins of the lost coastal town of Dunwich.

Once one of the largest ports in England, the town of Dunwich was all but destroyed over the centuries by a series of storm surges flooding in from the sea. Numerous attempts have been made by underwater archaeological surveys to map the ruins, but still the site itself remains an enigma.

For the past seven years Milo Newman’s practice has revolved around an interest in the narrative of the town’s disappearance, and the efforts made to understand it. In this new project, By the Mark, the Deep, Newman and fellow artist Matt Davies have collaborated in an attempt to explore the submerged remains. Together they have undertaken a series of journeys by boat into the North Sea, returning with a collection of sound recordings made through the use of hydrophones and modified contact microphones. These recordings explore the loss of the town and its memory by engaging directly with the salt water and silt burying it. 

Matt Davies is an artist, field-recordist and collector whose work is primary engaged with the act of listening and the exploration of chance based composition. Past projects include Piano Loop at Expo Leeds, research residency at Kitev in Oberhausen, Sound Sweep at Spike Island, Bristol, Plant Orchestra at Riga Botanical Gardens, Latvia and his Piano Works series was shown recently at Schmalfilmtage, Dresden. His work is also featured in the ICA’s Soundworks collection.

Milo Newman studied Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, before completing an MA in Photography and the Land at the University of Plymouth. His work explores ideas of landscape, time, memory and place. Recent exhibitions have included On Landscape #2 at Matèria in Rome, reGeneration2 at the Landskrona Museum in Sweden and Beyond the Camera at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. 

Richard Long: TIME AND SPACE

This event accompanies the major exhibition TIME AND SPACE by Richard Long at Arnolfini, that explores the artist’s enduring relationship with the landscape of Bristol and the South West – a starting point for so many of his iconic works. This exhibition will bring together recreations of previous important works and entirely new commissions, both in the gallery and on The Downs, where the artist spent much of his childhood. A programme of events accompanies the exhibition and offsite commission, including walks, talks and conversations, family events, screenings and performances. Read more…

This event is produced in collaboration between ONOMATO and Arnolfini.