During the Transatlantic Vibrations
session we had a Q + A and general discussion about the Vibrations project and the films we had just watched. The
vibrabench remained hooked up for the entire festival. Throughout my attendance, I watched several of the films from the
vibrabench noticing especially how different frequencies travelled through the bench and my body.
I was in London for another day after the closing of the festival and Julie Newman was kind enough to show me her wheelhouse studio at Trinity Buoy Wharf. While I was there she demonstrated her installation – in connection with her Dreaming the Voyage project – that uses a powerful surface transducer attached to the wheelhouse door to turn the structure into a loudspeaker. A meditative sound composition set the wheelhouse vibrating. This compelling work sparked a lively discussion between Newman and myself on sound, vibration, and waterways. Newman also showed me recent video footage from a workshop she had led as part of the Disability History Festival, in which participants took turns exploring the vibrational possibilities of the wheelhouse using a microphone and the surface transducer, as well as engaging with the impressive array of objects Newman has collected inside her studio.
I greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend the Disability Film Festival and visit Julie Newman’s studio. I’d like to thank Ju Gosling and Julie Newman, as well as Kim Sawchuk and all the folks at from the Vibrations project at Concordia University for making this possible.