Artist inspired by sound of the city

Binaudios with artists  Dominic Wilcox and James Rutherford.
Binaudios with artists Dominic Wilcox and James Rutherford.
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A WEARSIDE artist is helping to bring arts and technology together.

Sunderland artist Dominic Wilcox and creative technologist, James Rutherford, created Binaudio, which was installed at the Sage Gateshead last week.

Looking like a huge pair of binoculars, Binaudio, allows visitors to the music venue to not only look at the sights outside, but also hear the sounds of the city as well.

Dominic, 37, said: “There’s this huge view from the Sage to Newcastle on the other side, and it was an idea that came naturally looking over and thinking of the sounds of Newcastle.”

The Wearside artist then went around landmarks and recorded sounds, which people could hear when they look out.

The artwork is part of Thinking Digital Arts 2014. Suzy O’Hara, the curator and PhD student at the University of Sunderland, said: “Thinking Digital Arts provides an opportunity for a broad public audience to participate in a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art, with some of the world’s leading innovators and critical thinkers from across the evolving, global digital art ecology.” Sponsored by the University of Sunderland and Arts Council England, it’s hoped the inaugural arts event will engage and encourage new audiences to participate in, learn, and enjoy art created in this emerging field.

Graeme Thompson, Dean of arts, design and media at the University of Sunderland, said: “It is an innovative programme that brings new arts and cultural opportunities to a wide audience in the North East, which we’re delighted to be sponsoring this year.”