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Geoff Sample

Geoff Sample

Geoff Sample is a field recordist, natural history author and sound artist, with a particular interest in birdsong, acoustic ecology and the cultural history of hearing music in nature.

His books and audio guides have been published by HarperCollins, including the best-selling Collins Bird Songs & Calls. His radio work has ranged from the BBC’s Tweet of the Day to the Essay series A Birdsong Garden.

He regularly works in collaboration with contemporary and multi-form artists: highlights include the highly-acclaimed Dawn Chorus with Marcus Coates, the incomparable Away with the Birds with Hanna Tuulikki and the recent Bird Roads with poet Katrina Porteous.

The underlying spirit of Sample’s work follows our animal connection, in sound and voice, charting and reflecting on the diverse community of life on this earth through a period of monumental change. Song is song, whatever.

GPS, geo-poetic system

Geo-poetic system was a term coined by Lucy Frears during locative media art research (published 2017). The basis of geopoetics, a theory and practice developed by Scottish philosopher and poet Kenneth White, is to connect humans to the lines of the earth (White cited in McManus 2007: 183), or ‘what’s out there’ (Ingold 1993; 154; White 2005: 200; White 2006: 9). The contact White describes is often between the human mind and the earth, what he calls ‘landscape-mindscape’ (Legendre 2011: 121). Because of the embodied nature of locative media experiences using a smartphone in landscape for these walking art experiences using gps technologies Frears expanded this notion to being ‘landscape-mindscape-bodyscape’ (2017).

Added by Lucy Frears

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