Re:sound #80: The Art Show

This hour: a young patient escapes his hospital bed through flights of imagination, a musician documents a city under siege, and more.

2008 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour: a young patient escapes his hospital bed through flights of imagination, a musician documents a city under siege, and more.

by Sherre Delys and John Jacbos (Deutschland Radio, 2001)
Sound artists Sherre Delys and John Jacobs were commissioned to create an audio installation at Westmead Children's hospital in Australia. With an extraordinary art collection, gardens, an aviary, and even its own radio station, this isn't exactly your typical hospital. And neither is this your typical story. It's non-traditional but accessible, melodic but without a real tune. It's driven by the voice of a young patient who re-invents his experience of being in the hospital through metaphor and allusion.

"If" won the Best Documentary: Silver award in the 2002 Third Coast Festival/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation competition.

Someone Else Has Died
by John Wynne (Outfront, CBC, 2007)
In England, John Wynne was an artist-in-residence at Harefield Hospital, a leading facility in heart and lung transplants. There he spent a year listening to (and recording) the patients in the hospital, the machines they were attached to that helped to keep them alive, and to the hospital itself. Then he took those recordings and created this "composed documentary".

Before the War It Was the War
by Anna Burns and Louis Mitchell (Street Stories, ABC, 2006)
Mazen Kerbaj was living in Lebanon when the most recent conflict with Israel broke out in 2006. He chose to send his wife and child away from the city while he stayed, documenting the sights and sounds of the war and, as he says, resisting with his pen.

"Before the War It Was the War" won the Director's Choice award in the 2007 Third Coast Festival/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

I Was a Preteen Nightmare
by Jill Summers (TCF ShortDocs: Dollar Storeys, 2007)
Most of us are fortunate enough not to be in the hospital. And most of us are also fortunate enough not to be in a war zone. But one thing we've all been unfortunate enough to experience is the excruciating state of adolescence.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Sherre DeLys

Sherre DeLys' work has included sound sculpture and installation, improvised vocal music, sound designs for theater and film, radio art and documentaries.

John Jacobs

John Jacobs is a radio producer and sound artist from Melbourne, Australia.

John Wynne

John Wynne has a PhD in Sound Art. His often research-intensive work includes "composed documentaries" for radio and installations for galleries and museums.

Anna Burns

Anna Burns is a freelance radio producer based in Sydney, Australia.

Jill Dorothy Summers

Jill Dorothy Summers's audio fiction has been featured internationally by Chicago Public Radio, the Third Coast International Audio Festival, and New Adventures in Sound Art.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.

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