“Dwellings is a work dedicated to the materiality of sound and its access into the most intimate and delicate intentions. memory and nostalgia. It is a reflection of aural experience, of memory and nostalgia, exploring the layers, motions and textures in which perpetually unfold within the auditory imagination. In this work, sound and image are utilised strategically as a fleeting, intricate expression of remembered sonic experience. The collaging of sonic and visual material demonstrates a respect for the affective and interactive potential of sound, as well as its profound relationship with the visual. As the ambience of the soundscape unfolds, latent environmental connections float in and out of foreground and focus, bridging the gap between the viewers senses and surroundings, only to have them drift back into an imagined or remembered alternative.
The audio-visual material of which Dwellings consists engages and blurs a presentation of remembered experience. Re-echoing the sublimates of nature, Wells’ immersive audiovisual installation calls attention to the sonic surrounds, underscoring the way they live on, manifest in our recollection of times and places now past. Listening is a process in which tones all perception; an attitude a metaphor; an effort to bind the sensitivity of active and intense observation to the everyday environment and in turn ourselves.”