Duncan Whitley (b. 1974) is a visual artist and sound recordist, working at the intersections of contemporary visual and sound art, socially-engaged practice and experimental ethnography. He works primarily through self-initiated projects, commissions and residencies to produce sound and moving image work, site-specific projects and multi-media archives.
He has presented site-specific projects, audiovisual works, and sound installations in the UK, Europe and South America, including Things Fall Apart, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); Entre Naranjos y Cal, EMASESA, Seville (2017); Writing of Stones, b-side Festival, Dorset (2014); Sbarbi’s Arrow, Soundfjord Gallery, London (2013); G. D. Parada, Serralves Museum, Porto (2010). Other venues include Café OTO, London; Museo de Bellas Artes de Salta, Argentina; Centro de Arte Experimental de UNSAM, Argentina, Chateau Morimont, France; Galerie On, Poland; Slade Research Centre, London, and Whitstable Bienale.
He has worked extensively within the context of Seville's Semana Santa as part of an ongoing ethnomusicological project, collaborating with flamenco singers and processional brass bands in the city, and with the support of the World and Traditional Music Department of the British Library, Andalucía Soundscape, the Platform for Contemporary Flamenco Studies in Seville.
Interplay between the sensorial and the semiotic realms of sound are a constant at the centre of Duncan’s artistic practice. His work with sound is characterised by an approach that is at once forensic and poetic; marked by both rigorous methodology and a delicate aesthetic language.
Beyond his own creative practice Duncan works as a freelance sound recordist, editor and sound designer.
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