XR Lab & Showcase: Immersive Sound



XR Lab: Immersive Sound

workshop 1: 23 january 2024,
10am - 5pm

remote mentoring & facility access throughout jan & feb 24

1-day finalisation session:
w/c 26 feb 2024

exhibition @ brewery tap:
14 - 17 march
screen south digital hub, digital:glassworks, mill bay, folkestone, ct20 1jg

brewery tap uca project space
53 tontine street, folkestone
ct20 1jr

Discover the many ways sound can take us on an immersive journey while developing your creative professional practice with Screen South & Christian Duka, Immersive Sound Designer & Artist alongside artist Ain Bailey. This is a new opportunity to create new immersive sound projects and help craft concepts around the theme of local Queer spaces.

Where are the places across South East Kent that hold some key audio resonances for Queer memory and history? What are the contemporary locations that reflect LGBTQIA experience? 

Learn how to create and exhibit an immersive soundscape with access to Screen South’s Digital Hub, complete with studio space and XR sound facilities to capture foley, narrative, interviews, music, and more. This exciting XR Lab, supported by expert guidance with the help of the Screen South team, takes participants on an innovative learning journey and includes an exciting opportunity to exhibit of your work at the UCA’s Brewery Tap, a modern gallery & exhibition space in the heart of Folkestone’s creative community, in March of 2024.

Our first session, taking place Tuesday 23rd January, 2024, will explore exhibition sound in a hands-on, tech-focussed setting. Participants will be supported by expert mentors Christian Duka and Ain Bailey alongside the Screen South facilitating team to cover foley, interiew, standard & binaural mic recording, mixing, editing, & finalisation with exhibition in a small space.

QUEERCALL is Folkestone’s very own LGBTQIA+ festival of art & performance. Taking place as part of the New Queers on the Block artist development programme led by Marlborough Productions, this year’s festival, QUEERCALL, is produced by Ash McNaughton and will feature live art & theatre performances, site specific performance, exhibitions & community events across the Creative Quarter.

Christian Duka is a sound designer, artist and curator of the generation that emerged in the wake of digital technology. He teaches sound design and audio production at SAE Institute and is the founder of AMOENUS, a non-profit art organisation that facilitates, educates, curates, and promotes immersive art centred around 3D sound.

In its pilot series in 2019, more than 15 artists have been provided with tuition and rehearsal time to experiment with immersive audio technologies. Their artistic exploration has been presented in public curated events including blindfolded sonic experiences, experimental live music, audiovisual and total works of art in 3D sound.

Christian Duka, an immersive sound artist, stands over a computer and sound equipment. The audience behind him wear blindfolds as they participate in his immersive sound performance.

Ain Bailey is a composer, artist and DJ. She facilitates workshops considering the role of sound in the formation of identity, and the exploration of memory and sound.  Past exhibitions include ‘The Range’ at Eastside Projects, Birmingham; ‘RE:Respite’ at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, and a solo show at Cubitt Gallery, London: ‘And We’ll Always Be A Disco In The Glow Of Love’ (2019). In 2020 Bailey and Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski created a composition and print entitled ‘Remember To Exhale’ for  Studio Voltaire, London. Bailey was commissioned by Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, to create the exhibition ‘Version’, and composed ‘Atlantic Railton’ for the ‘Listening To The City’ sound installation programme in the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion. For 2022, Bailey created the moving image/sound work ‘Untitled: Our Wedding) for the ‘Black Melancholia’ exhibition at CCS Bard, New York, USA and ‘Trioesque’ for Bruckenmusik 27 in Cologne, Germany. She was the 2022-23 Cavendish Arts Science Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge.