To collect material for the exploration of the human imitation of animal sounds the artists made field recordings with their three children. Through a collaboration with the sailing artistic research platform Imagining Godzilla, Lapelytė and Petraitis could spend time at sea recording seas birds and natural sounds at sea. This research will contribute towards making new works in the exhibition Here Hear Hare Hair that premiers at SPACE Ilford Gallery, London and in the Gherdeina Biennale in May 2022.
Lapelytė and Petraitis also researched natural acoustics and church bells as well as the Klockrent project from 2013, when 100 churches all over Gotland united in a joint composition for bells. They also explored the coast and stones of the shores of Gotland and built a mock-up version of a possible sound wall in preparation for a sound based public art project with church bells.
Lina Lapelytė and Mantas Petraitis:
“From one side, this work delves into the architectural acoustics of the city by designing a location-based sound reflector that focuses on city bells and thus allows an immersive instrument-like experience of the surroundings. On the other, it aims to transcend from the references embedded in the bell by juxtaposing it with a song. As the city bells accompany the live performance, a momentary play with materiality, space, and rituals for gathering and listening is created. This work aims to renew the perspective of city bell sounds by bringing their lightness and intimacy.”