InnerSwell is a project by artists Laima Layton and Lexy Morvaridi. InnerSwell explores memory and sound and is inspired by Pauline Oliveros’ pedagogy of Deep Listening, a process of 'listening to learn'.
InnerSwell is informed by the collective power of community activism, localised ‘real politics’ of empowerment, and networks of support. It exists to amplify localised community work, offer experiences of the creative process, empower people to create and develop narratives through the use of sound.
At the core of the practice is a framework that they call The Fertile Dome. This is an accessible physical and proverbial space in which Lexy and Laima provide the tools for people to create using sound as a medium for collaborative and narrative work. A fundamental component in the structure of this space is a practice they have developed, called The Ritual.
Through a series of interventions - they encourage people to share stories, memories, ideas, and thoughts through provocations related to sound. This often forms the beginning of the creative process for participants and allows for discussion to develop and evolve into sonic possibilities. A major component in their work is recontextualising the past, in the present, through sound - The Ritual often becomes a catalyst for this process to start and can create a consensus conceptual discourse.
Through the creation of an environment where ideas and stories can be formed and shared through discussion, crafting, collecting, and generating sound, InnerSwell offers an accessible experience of the creative process, allowing participants to develop their own practice and build personal narratives through the medium of sound. Innerswell is working towards the production of outcomes with each of the groups that can be shared with the public such as sound installations and sound art.
InnerSwell were the Gasworks Participation Artists in Residency across 2021, and have been working with local community groups and spaces to document sonically their own importance as assets to the community, and their political value as places of agency and empowerment. Find out more about their work here.