Beam with Cathy Lane, as researcher and sound recordist 2014 interactive sound installation variable length
Beam is a sonic investigation of the “hidden” maritime world of Cochin Port, made in collaboration with Cathy Lane (CRiSAP) and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. Despite the fact that “90% of everything” travels by sea, we know or see very little of the world that surrounds it. This project involved intensive research and sonic fieldwork centred around Cochin harbour and the five lighthouses on the Malabar coast that communicate with sea going traffic in the region. What we heard suggested that the rhythm of Cochin port is more different today than ever before. We witnessed what is making its way in – containerisation and tourism; and what is on its way out – open cargo, spices and small-scale fishing. We listened to the sea in many of its moods and talked to generations of people who arrived in Kochi by sea from other parts of India and the world, many of whom have made their living shipping spices. We climbed lighthouses, pondered their poetic and arcane relationship with the sea and all who sail upon it and we listened to the radio communications between ships and land.
The resulting installation is interactive – our recordings are controlled in real time by the AIS (Automatic Identification Signal) data that is transmitted from the ships as they move in and out of Cochin harbour.