The Usurp Tapes 2017 – Species Of Spaces

December 2017

Nothing disappears completely … In space, what came earlier continues to underpin what follows …Henri Lefebvre.

“Spaces” is a exploration of our everyday surroundings, mundane activities and forgotten objects. Located in the Usurp art space,  “Spaces” is an inventory into the production of everyday life and an investigation into the infra-ordinary. The recordings codify experience and document aspects of ‘ordinary’ life through experiments in sound and the invention of space as a site for possibilities.
Some of the pieces follow John Cage’s notion of maximum amplification using contact mics while others are live ambient recordings to include outside ‘rouge’ sounds.

What speaks to us, seemingly, is always the big event, the untoward, the extra-ordinary…. How should we take account of, question, describe what happens every day and recurs everyday: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? Georges Perec