XR Showcase: Immersive Sound



XR Showcase: Immersive Sound

10am - 5pm daily
14th - 17th & 21st - 24th march
brewery tap uca project space
53 tontine street, folkestone
ct20 1jr

Step into our cutting-edge 360° sound rig to discover an immersive journey through audio worlds at this free-to-enter, open-to-all exhibition!

In partnership with Queercall, Folkestone’s LGBTQIA+ festival of art, our XR Lab cohort of more than 10 artists have been busy crafting innovative soundscapes exploring the possibilities of multi-speaker sound, including pieces about the Queer landscape of Kent and beyond, After an intensive lab led by audio artists Ain Bailey and Christian Duka, participants have developed prototypes of their sound projects for you to experience in an hour-long loop in our purpose-built rig.

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.