Dot Young is a fine art practitioner, from a sculpture/performance background, currently based at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, as a lecturer in BA Theatre Practice. She joined Royal Central in 2007, as a fine art practitioner, commercial freelance prop-maker and community arts project co-coordinator. Research is central to her role at the University, and is supported by practice in her studio at The Old Police Station, New Cross, South East London.
Her practice-based research currently investigates, and is entitled, the ‘Aurality of Objects’©.
Working collaboratively, and through sound installation and sculptural artifact, the research explores the production of objects in relation to the ‘aural waste’ expended during the fabrication processes. It explores the dynamism between visual and aural outcomes of a process. Currently, ‘Aurality of Objects’ manifests itself as ‘Chair’©, working collaboratively with American sound practitioner Gregg Fisher, and Russian Photographer Pavel Legonkov, and takes the form of sound, object, installation.
Previous collaborations have involved digital sound artist Justin Bennett, The Hague, Holland, Amanda Francis and Paul Jones , UK artists with outcomes at The Theatre Noise Conference, London, Shunt Vaults, London , ATINER Conference, Athens, Deptford X , London, and research presentations at RCSSD, London.
In addition to sound/sculptural installation work, Dot established a community arts group in 2004 for the River Cultures Festival in London, which she continues to run. Outcomes have been realised with The WOMAD Foundation in Abu Dhabi, Las Palmas, Madrid and Caceres, Spain, and also with Emergency Exit Arts, in the UK. She continues to work on these projects alongside her research and commitments at Central.
Dot also works extensively as a sculptor and prop-maker for Oxfam International, G8 Summit campaigns and has previously worked in Harare, Zimbabwe, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates of Dubai and Sharja.
For further information please see: http://www.dotyoung.com/
GREGG REED FISHER.
Gregg Reed Fisher is a freelance theatre Sound Designer and Senior Lecturer in Theatre Sound Design at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Prior to moving to the UK, Gregg was a recording engineer with JRB Sound in Washington, D.C.; resident composer and engineer with Northern Moon Productions; Assistant to the Director of Music Programs at The National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and was the Director of the Touring Artist Program at a Regional Arts Agency in New England.
He studied music composition with Nicholas V. D’Angelo, Alan Oldfield, Will Bottje and at the Bregman Electronic Music Center.
Most recently, Gregg has created the Sound Design and/or composed for: The Tempest (Gdansk Shakespeare Festival); Europe (WD Studio); Sarajevo Story (Lyric Hammersmith Studio); Once I Was Dead (UK); Blasted (UK Tour, Soho Theatre 2007,Graeae Theatre); Throat (World Premiere, New York and U.S. Tour); Here’s What I Did with my Body One Day (Pleasance and UK National Tour); Terrorism (Embassy); Forget Me Knot (Albany); Cosmonauts Last Message….(Embassy); Just a Bloke, The One With the Oven, Night Owls (Royal Court); The Stoning (World Premiere, BAC); Happy Natives (Edinburgh/Soho); Auntie and Me (Edinburgh); Wild Orchids (AD, Chichester); The Lucky Ones (Hampstead); Tin Drum (World Premiere, Embassy); The Promise (Tricycle); London My Lover (ICA); Einstein’s Eyes (CPT); Bus Stop (Quay); Peace for Our Time (Cockpit); and Summer (L&U).
Gregg’s score for the play Cosmonauts Last Message was selected for exhibition at the 2003 Prague Quadrennial. His composition and design for Terrorism was shortlisted for award at the Toronto 2005 World Stage Design Festival and he received an award for his design for Sarajevo Story at the Seoul, Korea World Stage Design exhibition in 2009. Gregg was coordinator and co-designer of the SoundPark Exhibition at the 2006 Prague Quadrennial and is a member of the Sound Working Group of OISTAT.
His particular research interests center on composition for live instruments and electronics; spatial recording and playback technologies; psychoacoustics and the semiotics of sound in live theatre performance; the exhibition and archiving of Sound Design; Sound Design within a devised/collaborative theatre context; the history of recorded sound effects for Theatre; and the integration of modern teaching methodologies within industry training programmes.
Gregg is a founding member of the UK Association of Sound Designers and is an Associate Artist of Lightwork Theatre Company. He is currently working on a new Musical entitled ‘Stop It’ which will start workshopping in the Spring of 2014.
Pavel Legonkov works as a freelance photographer in south London. Shooting consistenly on film as well as digital he specialises in street and documentary photography.
Ongoing projects include ‘Echo of War’ a self driven and motivated visual exploration of the impact of World War II on the coastline of south-east England. His images are atmospheric with a distinct and direct narrative. His work on ‘CHAIR’ sees him playing with direct portraiture and action shots finding the human element in this story of production and manufacture.
Other work includes regular event photography in a variety of established music and cultural venues and photographic shoots for musicians and bands including ‘The Sidewalk Doctors’ as well as working for non for profit and community organisations.
Donato Wharton is a London-based composer and sound designer. His music and designs have been used in radio features, TV programs, film soundtracks and in theatre productions internationally.
In his current compositional work, Donato explores the ways in which listening to the sonic environment, under the conditions of a given site, produces musical thought.
5 records of Donato’s work have been released on the Manchester/Berlin record label City Centre Offices and on the Cardiff based Serein label. Currently, he self-publishes his works as CD-R editions of 100. The most recent edition, Field Music, was published in 2012.
Donato also works as a visiting lecturer in Sound Design for Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.