This work forms part of a larger series of performative investigations in my home town of Aldershot, a military town in the South of England. The images are a response to the physical traces of the military that surround and saturate the town. These particular images formed part of a response also to a group exhibition ‘Saturated Space’ at the National Trust property, Sandham Memorial Chapel. The chapel houses a unique and original collection of murals/paintings by Stanley Spencer, who was commisioned to create the work in the chapel as a memorial to WW1.
I was particularly interested in the voices that could be invoked within the work, those who were in the paintings and those who were not. I took my tin can telephone to the old shooting walls from WW1 and WW2 that remain on the army land in Aldershot, and performed a series of listening activities at the wall – to camera. What voices would we hear? Which voices would be missing?