UWE student wins prize for sonic sculpture

Issue date: 28 October 2011


A student from UWE Bristol has designed an amazing sonic sculpture that makes music when viewers move around it.

Harriet Bowman, a level 2 Fine Arts student has won a £1000 Ideas Fund Innovators award for a project entitled 'Field Song' that she has created in collaboration with London based musician Ben Socrates.

Harriet describes the singing sculpture, “We have brought sonic life to a magnetic framework of pendant metal sculptures. Using sensors to trigger pre-recorded samples, the audience's path is translated into music before their very ears.”

Ideas Fund Innovators is a funding scheme open through the website IdeasTap.com and is to all creative disciplines. The fund supports innovators aged between 16 and 25, and ten projects are awarded £1,000.

Wayne Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at UWE Bristol, said, “Like all true innovators, Harriet and Ben have come up with a hybrid concept with real impact. It fuses fine art, technology and music to broaden the audience's awareness of what is possible. Recognition of our students through competitions and prizes is great testimony to their talent. The application process also provides the skills required to acquire funding for projects.”

Alex Gilkinson, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education enthused, “We have some very talented students at UWE who are keen to make their mark. Our congratulations go out to Harriett and Ben for creating such a beautiful concept. The support from dedicated and inspiring lecturers continues to demonstrate how good teaching leads to many successes in competitions of this kind.”

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Editor's notes

For images please contact the UWE Bristol Media Relations Office.

Prize Details: http://www.ideastap.com/ideasmag/all-articles/ideas-fund-innovators-the-winners

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