“I Just Called” tours Libraries

Exciting news! In partnership with Libraries NI,  I Just Called is touring eight branch libraries in the Antrim and Newtownabbey district starting today at Glengormley Library. There will be an installation in each library and the opportunity to hear an artist talk (and contribute new content) at each venue. Dates are as below.

Glengormley: 07 May 2024 – 31 May 2024

Talk: Fri 10 May 11:30

Crumlin: 14 May 2024 – 07 June 2024

Talk: Fri 17 May 15:00

Rathcoole: 03 June 2024 – 28 June 2024

Talk: Tue 04 June 11:00

Cloughfern: 11 June 2024 – 05 July 2024

Talk: 11 June 12:00

Randalstown: 02 July 2024 – 02 August 2024

Talk: 05 July 15:00

Antrim (Main): 08 July 2024 – 09 August 2024

Talk: 19 July 15:00

Antrim (Greystone): 06 August 2024 – 30 August 2024

Talk: 08 August 11:00

Ballyclare: 2 August 2024 – 02 September 2024

Talk: 16 August 11:00

Thanks to Becky (Branch Manager at Glengormley) and the rest of the team at Libraries NI for enabling this to happen.

Please spread the word and hope to see you there!

I Just Called now at the Yellow Yard!

Since it opened, The Yellow Yard indoor market has become an iconic part of Derry’s cultural scene. It’s a former shirt factory (Derry was once famous for its shirt manufacturing) nestled in the historic walled city. It’s home to Abbazappa Records (probably Ireland’s biggest record shop), The Plot Thickens bookshop, and Katie Blue’s Vintage Clothes and Gifts. It’s even had a cameo as a location in Derry Girls! Owner Ben Allen and I go back a long way – we were briefly in a band together- so it was a genuine pleasure to have him and his partner Katie agree to host I Just Called for the next month or so. Go there, listen to the piece, and buy some stuff from Ben and Katie! 

IJC(2024) Is at The Yellow Yard until the end of April.

The Yellow Yard is at Palace Street, Derry City, BT48 6PR

Wednesday 11:00 – 17:00

Thursday 11:00 – 17:00

Friday 11:00 – 17:00

Saturday 11:00 – 17:00

Be part of “I Just Called…”

Colin at Arts Care Gallery

How can I participate

My plan is to hold a series of events to collect new content for the ongoing work ijustcalled.online . If you want to know about these sessions and keep up to date about the project and potential new locations, then subscribe to the newsletter below.


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IMPORTANT: Consent and Copyright

All messages used in the project are used with the consent of the participants. By sending any content for inclusion, you will be deemed as having given permission for the recording to be used in this or any future projects, and you accept my right as an artist to retain copyright on this or any further use of the content in my creative projects. Please understand that once consent is given, it will not be possible to delete your contribution once it is integrated into a project.

Thank you,

*I will regard inappropriate content as hate speech of any kind, including racism or incitement to violence.

“I Just Called” hits Belfast

 I’m happy to announce that the 2024 iteration of I Just Called will be part of the PRIME Exhibition Launch- Part of the Here and Now Festival 2023/24 .

The installation consists of a rescued telephone seat and a poster displaying a QR code linking to ijustcalled.online, enabling people to experience the content on their own devices. The event is happening at the ArtsCare gallery space at Connswater Shopping Centre, opening on Thursday 01 February and running through until Friday 08 March 2024.

Arts Care: https://www.artscare.co.uk


The Gallery is open for public viewing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 12 pm – 3 pm.

Connswater Shopping Centre,
Bloomfield Avenue,

Woodburner opens at Audio Foundation 22 October

Please join us to mark the opening of Woodburner, a new installation by Colin Woods based on materials sourced during a house-sit at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula.

Woodburner is an audio and video installation by Colin James Woods, based on materials sourced during a house-sit at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula. Using sound as a class of found object, he has enhanced and transformed the recordings and diffuses them using his newly upgraded Programmable Interactive Speaker array (PiSA) to create an enveloping soundscape over 12 channels with video created from images of the flames. Inspiration for the piece comes from Colin’s visceral enjoyment of the ritual of lighting and tending the wood burning stove, and how it reminded him of lighting the open fire in his parents’ home back in Belfast. It also references Iannis Xenakis’ influential 1958 work Concrét PH.

PiSA at ARTE Festival

My Programmable Interactive Speaker Array featured in the last day of the fantastic A Room That Echoes festival organised by the Audio Foundation. Works were diffused on this 12-channel apparatus by Malcolm Riddoch (Christchurch) and Andrew McMillan (Auckland) and the event closed with a performance of my own semi-aleatoric piece Pentatonix.

Full festival details here:

I Just Called now live online

See full press release here

Everybody’s plans and habits have been chewed up and spat out by Covid19.

For artist Colin Woods that means completely reassessing his work I Just Called.

“It’s no longer feasible to have visitors to an exhibition pick up a handset and listen to the pieces,” he says, “because the handsets are potentially vectors for transmission of pathogenic organisms, particularly as they involve hand contact and are then brought into close proximity to the face.

“At the same time, the pandemic has made us more aware of the importance of communication and connectedness, so I feel that the work is more important than ever.”

Woods’ solution has been to move the work online, as a browser-based interface that is optimised for smartphones. [see ijustcalled.online]

I Just Called is a series of voice recordings, of people pretending to make a phone call to a loved one. The anonymous callers’ words are unscripted and devoid of context,  but the result is very affecting for the listener.

“This piece plays with the dynamic between intimacy and voyeurism,” Woods says. “We hear people saying heartfelt and private things to ones they love. By agreeing to be recorded for the work, they have given us permission to listen, but still there is a sense that we might be intruding – and that’s both delicious and slightly uncomfortable!

“I’m fascinated by humans and the theatre we perform as we all go about our daily activities.”

Colin will still be seeking to collect more content for the work – with strict social distancing measures to protect himself and participants.

NEW RELEASE: That Which Separates

That Which Separates is a collection of the soundtracks from three recent video works by the composer which respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on those of us in Aotearoa New Zealand. References include the spooky paucity of activity on his local streets, the increased pain of separation from loved ones, and a meditation on our heightened sense of mortality.

The EP is available for purchase on Bandcamp or can be streamed on all the major platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal.