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On Wednesday, May 13, American artist and 2013 TED Fellow Ryan Holladay presented a lecture at the Pump House Gallery , a public contemporary exhibition space housed in a distinctive four story Victorian tower in the center of Battersea Park in London. Pump House Gallery is owned by the Wandsworth Council.
Ryan and his collaborator and brother, Hays Holladay have been commissioned to create a site-specific work for the new U.S. Embassy in London at Nine Elms. The artists’ work in new media art, focusing on where art and technology intersect and have produced a number of site-specific audio installations, as well as location-aware music compositions. On Memorial Day of 2011, they released The National Mall - the first album released as a mobile app and one that uses the GPS functionality of the cell phone to sonically map the geography of the eponymous park in downtown Washington D.C.
As Ryan discussed their collective body of work and showed images of the different locations for which they have created compositions, he explained to the audience how, as artists, they envision the public…“to walk through a landscape with a soundtrack”. In addition to giving a talk at the Pump House, the artists spent time in and around the Nine Elms area, to prepare for the future commission .“It’s a long process of learning a landscape and how people physically move through it,” Ryan Holladay said in the New York Times about writing music for such large public spaces as New York’s Central Park. For which they composed Listening to the Light. During his presentation, Ryan explained that the writing process for these projects is quite methodical, beginning with a large map of a site that the Holladays dissect. After the locations have been identified, the artists work on composing the music to create the audio that an interested audience can download. “The audio changes through the landscape to respond to the space so as the listener moves … it appears that the sound is being activated by the space you are in..”