For this first phase of a creative residency at Transcultures in La Louvière (BE), Tommy Lawson is scouting the site, both meticulously and poetically, by developing a “map of the territory” woven with sounds. He walks in the city listening to collect sounds, natural noises and those produced by human activity. He also conducts interviews with residents and/or users and passers-by of the chosen perimeter. It is a question here of putting one’s sensitivity on the alert to flush out the sound, to reveal unsuspected sound spaces. These collected materials will constitute the raw material of creation.
Then will come, in a second phase (another period of residence – finalization of production – is planned at the Transonic Lab of Transcultures in mid-June 23), the work of elaboration in the studio: selection, editing, mixing, transformation of the material into forms arranged sounds, building new perspectives, from carefully chosen points of hearing to draw astonishing landscapes, both poetic and moving.
The final result will be delivered on June 25 for the opening of the biennial of contemporary art and heritage ARTour (and as part of the events linked to the twentieth anniversary of City Sonic) in La Louvière in the form of a geolocated sound walk, under headphones, via the Soundways application, which participants will be able to experience under the guidance of the artist and then independently for the duration of ARTour until September 12, 2023.
Tommy Lawson (Tg/Fr)
Sound artist, sound designer, digital art performer, Tommy is also a producer and curator of events for the promotion of electronic music. He develops projects combining electronic and electroacoustic music. Deeply attached to the idea of transversality between the arts, he produces numerous music/sound pieces and soundtracks interacting with visual/video arts and contemporary dance.
He develops in collaboration with Armand Lesecq tools for digital audio creations and computer lutherie in the field of sound spatialization. He regularly carries out geolocated sound walks towards the public in order to allow them to live an augmented sound experience in connection with the intangible heritage of a territory. He is at the initiative of the first video mapping carried out in Corsica with the Tunisian collective Design Lab on the occasion of the reopening of the Bastia museum in 2009 of a series of video mapping as part of the European Heritage Days.
In 2008, he created Zone Libre, a structure dedicated to creation, production and distribution through which he has organized the eponymous Festival of Sound Arts since 2019, between art, science and new technologies. This event of support for creation emphasizes the development of transdisciplinary and hypermedia experiences in the field of sound and visual arts.
En 2022, il sort son premier album intitulé Bega [Sonic Scapes], sur le label Transonic.
In 2022, he released his first album Bega [Sonic Scapes], on the Transonic label.
- 17 > 30.04.2023
- Transonic Lab La Louvière (Be)
- Transcultures, ARTour Biennial of Contemporary Art and Heritage – Central
- With the support of the European Pepinieres of Creation