TALK TO ME

LOCATION: De Heygraeff, The Netherlands

DATE: 2021

OPENED 26th MARCH, 2021

DE HEYGRAEFF, THE NETHERLANDS

Talk To Me - De Heygraeff Audiotour is a public art installation that takes the audience into the world of four ‘other-than-human’ residents at De Heygraeff in The Netherlands. In this audio tour you can listen to fictional conversations with Marko the Douglas fir, Leela the mole, Janneke the boom barrier and Martijn the street light. 

 

This project was created as part of the 3-month artist residency ‘Re-creatie Reinarde’. During this residency, myself and collaborator Anne Fehres, lived and worked in the unique context of a care facility for adults with severe disabilities. The ultimate aim of this project is to provide a greater connection between the ‘inner’ environment of this care facility and the ‘outer’ recreation area just outside the facility fence. 

 

Although close in proximity, these two worlds traditionally have little crossover. We have structured this audio tour to encourage not just a physical movement of people between these inner and outer spaces, but also an intellectual movement. Through the various absurdist, fictional dialogues in the audio tour, there was an aim to blend humour, philosophy and insight into the disability context. Indirectly, each of the conversations touches upon themes and ideas which are sensitive to the diverse perspectives on disability.

 

Responding to our research, observations and discussions during the residency period, each conversation has been inspired by insights through thinking about disability from the standpoint of the 'outsider', the care-worker, the family member, the care organisation and the disabled.

 

All the tracks for the audio tour are recorded in Dutch and were designed to be listened to on location, through scanning a QR Code which takes you to the project website (see here). The audio works are also viewable as video works with English subtitles, filmed on location (see below).

For the best experience of the audio tour on location, you can participate in a full immersive sound experience using the ‘Echoes’ app on your smartphone. Using the app you will hear the five conversations listed on the map, but also a variety of custom made soundscapes placed in the areas between and around each location. As you travel around the area, these soundscape featuring re-worked field recordings from De Heygraeff area will be triggered by the GPS of your phone, changing in volume and content to match your movements through the physical environment. 

A conversation with: Leela – Mole
18:22

A conversation with: Leela – Mole

Each day many people pass along De Heygraeff by car, wheelchair, bike, horse or walking. For most of these people however, they have never met Leela, who lives happily alone and out of sight underground. In this conversation Leela takes the listener on a house tour, discusses magic and debunks some rumours about moles. ABOUT THIS PROJECT: Talk To Me - De Heygraeff Audiotour is a public art installation that takes the audience into the world of four ‘other-than-human’ residents at De Heygraeff in The Netherlands. In this audio tour you can listen to fictional conversations with Marko the Douglas fir, Leela the mole, Janneke the boom barrier and Martijn the street light. This project was created as part of the 3-month artist residency ‘Re-creatie Reinarde’. During this residency, Luke Conroy and collaborator Anne Fehres, lived and worked in the unique context of a care facility for adults with severe disabilities. The ultimate aim of this project is to provide a greater connection between the ‘inner’ environment of this care facility and the ‘outer’ recreation area just outside the facility fence. Although close in proximity, these two worlds traditionally have little crossover. We have structured this audio tour to encourage not just a physical movement of people between these inner and outer spaces, but also an intellectual movement. Through the various absurdist, fictional dialogues in the audio tour, there was an aim to blend humour, philosophy and insight into the disability context. Indirectly, each of the conversations touches upon themes and ideas which are sensitive to the diverse perspectives on disability. Responding to our research, observations and discussions during the residency period, each conversation has been inspired by insights through thinking about disability from the standpoint of the 'outsider', the care-worker, the family member, the care organisation and the disabled. More about the tour can be found here: https://www.re-creatie-reinaerde.nl/activiteiten/audiotour
A conversation with: Marko – Douglas fir
20:33

A conversation with: Marko – Douglas fir

Marko is a Douglas fir, inside the fence of the care organisation Reinarde. While Marko is one of the biggest plants in this area, he prefers to see himself as just another member of the community here. Over the years Marko has had plenty of time to reflect and during this conversation he will reveal diverse insights into orange paint, dirty tissues, love and death. ABOUT THIS PROJECT: Talk To Me - De Heygraeff Audiotour is a public art installation that takes the audience into the world of four ‘other-than-human’ residents at De Heygraeff in The Netherlands. In this audio tour you can listen to fictional conversations with Marko the Douglas fir, Leela the mole, Janneke the boom barrier and Martijn the street light. This project was created as part of the 3-month artist residency ‘Re-creatie Reinarde’. During this residency, Luke Conroy and collaborator Anne Fehres, lived and worked in the unique context of a care facility for adults with severe disabilities. The ultimate aim of this project is to provide a greater connection between the ‘inner’ environment of this care facility and the ‘outer’ recreation area just outside the facility fence. Although close in proximity, these two worlds traditionally have little crossover. We have structured this audio tour to encourage not just a physical movement of people between these inner and outer spaces, but also an intellectual movement. Through the various absurdist, fictional dialogues in the audio tour, there was an aim to blend humour, philosophy and insight into the disability context. Indirectly, each of the conversations touches upon themes and ideas which are sensitive to the diverse perspectives on disability. Responding to our research, observations and discussions during the residency period, each conversation has been inspired by insights through thinking about disability from the standpoint of the 'outsider', the care-worker, the family member, the care organisation and the disabled. More about the tour can be found here: https://www.re-creatie-reinaerde.nl/activiteiten/audiotour
A conversation with: Janneke – boom gate
19:01

A conversation with: Janneke – boom gate

As the boom gate for the care organisation Reinaerde, Janneke lives a life full of ups and downs. Janneke takes her job very seriously, always ‘on call’ 24 hours a day. During this conversation Janneke shares her daily routine and dreams for the future and also teaches the listener how they too can become a boom gate. ABOUT THIS PROJECT: Talk To Me - De Heygraeff Audiotour is a public art installation that takes the audience into the world of four ‘other-than-human’ residents at De Heygraeff in The Netherlands. In this audio tour you can listen to fictional conversations with Marko the Douglas fir, Leela the mole, Janneke the boom barrier and Martijn the street light. This project was created as part of the 3-month artist residency ‘Re-creatie Reinarde’. During this residency, Luke Conroy and collaborator Anne Fehres, lived and worked in the unique context of a care facility for adults with severe disabilities. The ultimate aim of this project is to provide a greater connection between the ‘inner’ environment of this care facility and the ‘outer’ recreation area just outside the facility fence. Although close in proximity, these two worlds traditionally have little crossover. We have structured this audio tour to encourage not just a physical movement of people between these inner and outer spaces, but also an intellectual movement. Through the various absurdist, fictional dialogues in the audio tour, there was an aim to blend humour, philosophy and insight into the disability context. Indirectly, each of the conversations touches upon themes and ideas which are sensitive to the diverse perspectives on disability. Responding to our research, observations and discussions during the residency period, each conversation has been inspired by insights through thinking about disability from the standpoint of the 'outsider', the care-worker, the family member, the care organisation and the disabled. More about the tour can be found here: https://www.re-creatie-reinaerde.nl/activiteiten/audiotour
A conversation with: Martijn – Street light
15:23

A conversation with: Martijn – Street light

Martijn is street light number 0088 on De Heygraeff. As a provider of light and holder of signs, Martijn is more than happy to tell the listener how important he is. Throughout this conversation Martijn will share his origin story, his opinion on other lights and discuss his relationship with the sun. ABOUT THIS PROJECT: Talk To Me - De Heygraeff Audiotour is a public art installation that takes the audience into the world of four ‘other-than-human’ residents at De Heygraeff in The Netherlands. In this audio tour you can listen to fictional conversations with Marko the Douglas fir, Leela the mole, Janneke the boom barrier and Martijn the street light. This project was created as part of the 3-month artist residency ‘Re-creatie Reinarde’. During this residency, Luke Conroy and collaborator Anne Fehres, lived and worked in the unique context of a care facility for adults with severe disabilities. The ultimate aim of this project is to provide a greater connection between the ‘inner’ environment of this care facility and the ‘outer’ recreation area just outside the facility fence. Although close in proximity, these two worlds traditionally have little crossover. We have structured this audio tour to encourage not just a physical movement of people between these inner and outer spaces, but also an intellectual movement. Through the various absurdist, fictional dialogues in the audio tour, there was an aim to blend humour, philosophy and insight into the disability context. Indirectly, each of the conversations touches upon themes and ideas which are sensitive to the diverse perspectives on disability. Responding to our research, observations and discussions during the residency period, each conversation has been inspired by insights through thinking about disability from the standpoint of the 'outsider', the care-worker, the family member, the care organisation and the disabled. More about the tour can be found here: https://www.re-creatie-reinaerde.nl/activiteiten/audiotour

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