The exhibition, a collaboration between installation artist Maya Ramsay, photographer Rachael Marshall, film maker Luke Williams and sound artist Caroline Devine, uses PMC’s on-wall wafer2 speakers and compact DS001 amplifiers to fill the space of one of Britain’s most important historical sites.
Caroline Devine and the other artists spent many months capturing the ambience and importance of the abandoned buildings, which are in a dangerous state of repair, in order to preserve visual and aural histories before they are lost as a result of planned renovation works.
The sound installation comprises recordings of the sounds made in and by the buildings, such as a creaking door at the end of a corridor or the fluttering of the wings of one of the many resident pigeons. The distant rumble of a train or a passing overhead aeroplane provided rhythms and resonances with which Devine could work to build up soundtracks using electronically manipulated recordings of the natural sounds together with “hidden” electromagnetic signals from the electrical circuits and equipment present around the crumbling buildings.
The Station X exhibition explores the environment in which these people worked after two and half decades of neglect. It runs from 4 – 27 May at MK Gallery Project Space, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA.
MK Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 12–8pm, Saturdays 11am–8pm, and Sundays 11am–5pm. Admission is free.