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.
I will try to include your message in the next update if it is suitable. Please note that messages will be screened for inappropriate content.* If your message is not in English, then please include an English translation along with it. Messages will be used or not at my sole discretion.
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, Colin
*I will regard inappropriate content as hate speech of any kind, including racism or incitement to violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The album is available for download or streaming from Bandcamp for $5 and marks the second phase of my library music project of short pieces which span through-composed conventional works, electronica, and ambient soundscapes.