"Bosphorus is a practice-based research output produced in collaboration by Joshua Horsley and Magda Stawarska-Beavan. The artwork is comprised of film depicting real-time crossings from East to West and vice-versa, acousmatic audio (presented in 4, 8.1 and 16.2 formats), and included paper carvings and silhouettes during Casablanca Biennale. The work contributes to the fields of music, sonic art, and installation art. A collaboration between audio and visual artists, Horsley’s role within the research was as sound designer, composer, in addition to the shared role of production design. The musical and sound diffusion aspects of the work were developed in studio during 2016.
Bosphorus engages with the Bosphorus Strait (Istanbul) as a meeting point of East and West. It reflects upon the concepts of border and crossing, questioning:
How can the concepts of border and crossing be communicated through music?
Can issues pertaining to migration be communicated through immersive audio-visual art?
Methodology for Bosphorus involved the development of new approaches that triangulated art music composition, acousmatic presentation, and immersive installation art. The music is composed entirely by editing, filtering and spatializing field recordings recorded during crossings of the Bosphorus. This method preserves and augments the immersive sound world of the Strait. Musically, the piece infers simultaneous possible narratives of the crossings with the Bosphorus strait as an analogy for water borders and navigations; tonality is vague, resisting resolute positivity or negativity. Through multichannel presentation, the piece is designed to immerse the listener, with music navigating around the listener through cardinal and inter-cardinal points.
Bosphorus has been presented as installation at the 4th International Biennial of Casablanca (2018) and University of Central Lancashire (2017), and in concert at Hochschule für Musik, Karlshuhe, Germany (2017) and Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (2017)."