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AP1: Guest lecture - Ana Rutter



Ana Rutter – Looking at Dyffryn House and Gardens – a site for speculative research






  • Practice research PHD – constructing of effective sound art

  • Iterative methodology

  • Approach – viewed from multiple viewpoints – world around – encounter of interest and excitement

  • Interested in finding sites and exploring them – activities within them – collected information about businesses that existed on a street

  • What is it that makes a space? – not as a documentation of place but as a sharing of experience

  • Provides a space for viewers to bring their own space to encounter

  • Spaces that are personal and close – desk – garden

  • 2017 -2019 – visits to National trust property – revisiting – multiple viewpoints – how things happened or changed – work in a space in a reorientated manner – continued development

  • Looking at macro and micro – layered and iterative – unpicking practice through approaches and methodologies

  • New materialist – finding a location that has something interesting happening – heuristic approach

  • Interested in effect and encounter – Spinoza – things we feel but are not feelings – things that sit on the edge of language

  • Trying to pin something down but are fleeting –

  • importance of gathering – permeability. Deleuze – spaces

  • recorded different areas – different times of day – met and talked to different people involved in the space e.g., gardeners, volunteers

  • Series of empty spaces – spaces that are not clear in their use

  • Developed research into book – process of revisiting the materials

  • Find a site of possibilities for affect and response – everyday things that remind us of other experiences

  • Small interventions in a landscape

  • Very speculative work – dint know how or if it would be useful

  • Looking at archive of the space – history of the use of the site – the ownership – events that occurred

  • Photographed and sound recorded particular spaces – overgrown and forgotten spaces

  • Thinking of non-human users of the space

  • The permeability of spaces

  • Very subjected process – in response to personal responses to sound, colour, space

  • How sounds interact and move through spaces – permeable boundaries – areas between environments – seepage and slippage and sound

  • Considering of what the spaces have heard and might hear

  • Masumi’s seeping edges – essay

  • Linked with memory and encounter – things on periphery of vision – glimpsed and partly seen

  • Foreground and background in images and audio – shift in focus of images

  • Time based relationship we have with sound – how sound relates to memory Brian Massumi

  • Using a book as a way of understanding the knowledge captured – the book being speculative

  • Sense of exploring – excitement of discovery – own response to materials

  • Bodily responses to feeling of being in another place

  • Audio can make you feel like you are somewhere else

  • Ever changing and shifting of stuff – seepage and slippage between stuff

  • Installation of work - exploring video work – projection/blackout space – mix of printed spaces and audio




It is interesting to see a practitioners work who creates from an immediate interest in site, aesthetic, sound - a mixture of aural and visual data that directly interests the artist. Work can be seen as less about a particular context (although supported by academic research) and more about an interest to capture and explore a specific materiality - sound.


Within my own work I find that I am engaged in exploring specific materiality - and create work through a very process drive - practical method of research.