More Than Concrete

The Albany and Foreign Body Productons

In collaboration with Daniel Adhami and Matty Mancey.

It was brilliant to have my project selected to be part of the Open Source Collaborations exhibit for The Albany and Foreign Body Productions
More Than Concrete
is an exploration of Croydon’s brutalist architecture, bringing the monolithic forms to the forefront and elevating their existence through sound and film into a new temporal dimension.

Contact microphone recordings taken from Croydon’s concrete, became a basis for the soundscape composition. From the flyover and underpasses to the many car parks and stoic buildings. Saxophone subtones and other extended techniques were blended to elevate the field recordings further, bringing a soul to the seemingly silent giants.

Working closely with photographer Daniel Adhami and multimedia artist Matty Mancey, brought about the visual stimulus to further enhance the narrative of the hidden concrete world.

In the images we can witness the thriving humanity around these provoking structures whilst also challenging the viewer to see a more abstract and sometimes beautifully ethereal conception of Croydon’s concrete.

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Artist Laura Selby
Based in Croydon, London. UK