Christopher Steenson is a sound artist based in Belfast/Dublin Ireland. His work uses live radio broadcasts, samples and field recordings as a sonic materials to conjure horizon-line soundscapes.
Steenson’s practice is informed by writings from psychology, anthropology and philosophy. Drawing from Tim Ingold’s ideas on making and skilled practice, Steenson explores how sounds can be repurposed to form new works of sonic art. Much in the same way that a craftsperson may work with the material properties of a piece of wood to create an artefact, Steenson views sounds as materials, whose temporal flows and changes can be collaborated with to create compositions. These ideas are elaborated upon from a perceptual-psychological perspective in this academic publication, which is free to download.
Steenson has shown his work at the East Side Arts Festival, Imagine Festival of Politics and Ideas, the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University and the Art Department and Framewerk art gallery, Belfast. He is a member of the Umbrella sound art collective.
As well as working with sound, Steenson also works as an editor for the Visual Artists’ News Sheet. Feel free to contact him here.
(Photograph by Neal Campbell)