Words/Sound: Toni Clayton
Photographs: Fiona Christensen
In Homing, Burchell’s interactive sound work, she focuses on the tensions between home and the dysphoric forces of technology. This work has developed over a long period of time as Burchell draws on the liminal space that her home life is based on. Her parents reside in Do Hare and she lives in South Africa. This space has become a constant challenge in which Burchell is grappling with the accessibility to her family over technological means.
The exhibition is constantly changing, as the work travels it picks up different sounds from the environment it inhabits. At the Grahamstown National Arts Festival the sounds were split into two sections: ‘Pretoria’ (where Burchell lives) and ‘Grahamstown’ (where the work temporally lives).
Viewers are encouraged to hold lightly on the copper strings, especially rooting the circuit to allow the sound to play. One is able to hold several copper wires at once and listen to the ambient sounds of ‘home’ that the work provides.