‘nature versus noise’
Soundwalk by AIDAN DEERY & CORMAC CRAWLEY
Location: Victoria Park
Victoria Park, an area of parkland in the Connswater area of east Belfast, was first opened in 1906 having required extensive drainage due to its marshy terrain.
Contained within the park is a large lake which is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
Approaching 100 years as a public park, however, Victoria Park is surely one of the loudest areas of Belfast, surrounded by Sydenham bypass, Belfast City Airport, train lines, and the remnants of the Harland and Wolff shipyards. As a result, the natural sound world of Victoria park competes with the roar of the city surrounding it.
This soundwalk allows you to experience alternative sonic representations of the parkland that explores the theme of ‘nature versus noise’.
Entering different areas of the park, you will hear sounds that interact both with what you can hear and what you can see, as the sound world of the park is reshaped in a variety of ways.
You are relocated within real and imagined sonic environments by sounds captured from within the park and beyond its boundaries, including airports, train stations, playgrounds, football grounds, and the areas inhabited by the resident birds.