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I use listening to explore the web of connections that challenge and sustain us. Sound bends around obstacles and leaks through borders, complicating visual binaries like interior & exterior. I build “expanded” field recording devices to listen to objects and underwater environments, revealing hidden interiors like a doctor’s stethoscope probing the systems of the body. This act of “auscultation” helps me to consider my relationship to the more-than-human as I stretch my ears to practice other ways of listening, communicating, and inhabiting the world. By extending the reach of the audible, perhaps we can appreciate the enormous complexities of other lives more generally, encouraging a more empathetic relationship toward each other and our environment.

fat man’s folly

A narrow gap in a drystone wall or rock face ie one a fat man would be foolish to try to get through. A number exist in the Lake District bearing that specific name but it is also a general term in Cumbria for any narrow gap.

Added by Alan Cleaver

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