Nat Grant & Jutta Pryor
A digital collage of film and sound made from field recordings and household objects. In a time of increased borders, our minds are still reaching out; creating from what we have and what we find.
Adaptive Memory by Nat Grant & Jutta Pryor was commissioned as part of the Tura Adapts 2020 Commissions No Borders – see more commissions here.
Notes from the Creators
The audio element, in a music concrete style, is made up of found sounds and snippets of recordings made at home in the time of self-isolation. They are sculpted and layered using a range of digital tools and effects to create a sound world representative of this time and also providing a brief escape (a respite through listening to sounds that are familiar but also abstracted).
The video also plays with layers also: both solid walls and transparency as the mind wanders where there are no physical borders… starting with solid containment and merging randomly as the mind wanders to blended scenes.
Nat Grant is a multi-skilled artist and researcher with more than 15 years experience across live performance, recording, digital arts, and community arts: a drummer, percussionist, composer and sound artist with a focus on creating multidisciplinary, long-form musical compositions, performance events, and installations using traditional and graphic notation as well as improvisation. Nat’s music and sound artworks are through-composed, texturally focused, and minimal, with an emphasis on storytelling and the intricacies of sound.
As a composer, Nat has created original chamber music, durational sound artworks, and has composed and created sound design for theatre, dance, film, and live art, including for ITCH Productions, Jonathan Homsey Productions, and The Stain. As a teaching artist Nat has been involved in projects with a number of community groups including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and the Crashendo! Sistema program.
Jutta Pryor is a multi-media artist with experience in the commercial, technical, and fine art sectors. Her artistic practice has evolved from printmaking and photography to include experimental moving image work, cine-poetry, sound, film, and improvised projection art for live events and immersive installations. Pryor’s work often involves online collaboration with sound artists, writers, and performers, both local and international, to create emotive, immersive sensory time-escapes. Pryor’s experimental poetry films have been shown at film festivals in Australia, Europe, and the United States.
Tura New Music’s annual program is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.