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b-side multi media festival  2012

In collaboration with Graham Neilson, ship’s designer


This single screen five channel sound installation was shown during the b-side mutli media festival during the Weymouth Olympics 2012. 

The video and soundwork is a portrait of an archetypal partnership -a man and a tallship, The Pelican, at Weymouth. This inspirational tale explores the enterprise and vision of its story which has enhanced the lives of many, especially of young people and their development. 


The tallship is a living metaphor of the ‘wanderer’, negotiating entrances and exits, boundaries and portals, especially of the extents of human imagination. 


A sail filling as the wind unravels it, sucking water against a steel hull, ropes creaking around bronze bollards, each handmade detail resonant with the history of its tradition; this sound and visual piece celebrates the synthesis of creative ideation and  ‘knowledge of the hand’.


‘The Pelican’ is now based in Weymouth.

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b-side multi media festival  2010

A site-specific installation, exploring the fabric and history of spaces and places on Portland through sound.


portland rock is a sound installation by 

ivon oates composed from sounds and voices recorded in high-arch battery, a victorian fort, on Portland.


Expect to hear voices, songs sung by local people, individual stories and memories about life on Portland. Listen to sounds and comments on aspects of culture or social history.


Visitors are invited to take a journey through the ‘sound-scape’ as they wander within FISHERMAN”S ROW by Chiswell Beach close to the Cove Inn pub. 


This installation offers the audience a chance to enter a magical space and experience traces of memory including retreating footsteps, pounding rocks, distant voices and sounds blending with the natural surroundings.


With thanks to local residents, musicians 

and enthusiasts without whom there would be no sound. 

Thanks to David Rogers for technical assistance


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